On Saturday last in Tullamore the National League Finals were held. In these events points are awarded to each finisher in each event right down along the line and when all points are added up the team with the biggest number of points are the overall winners. For Ferrybank it was a terrific day as both their women in the Premier Division and their men in Division One won the titles against the top clubs in the country, so well done to all concerned, the athletes and their coaches.
In The Women’s Premier Division the Ferrybank winners were: Jessie Barr, 100 Metres Hurdles and 400 Metres Hurdles; Kelly Proper, Long Jump; Cara Kennedy, Hammer and the 4×100 Metres Relay team also won. Second placings went to the following: Niamh Whelan, 100 and 200m; Sorcha Murphy, High Jump; Jade Power, Discus; Nicola Power, Triple Jump; Kelly Proper, Javelin; Cara Kennedy, Shot Putt. Third placings were secured by Kitty Walsh, 1500m and Dani Minnock 3000m.
The ladies, therefore, made up for a one-point defeat last year to score a runaway win with 134 points. The second team, Leevale from Cork, had 99 pts. In the men’s Division One the Ferrybank winners were Billy Ryan, 400m, and Thomas Barr, High Jump. Thomas Houlihan, West Waterford, guesting, won the Pole Vault with a personal best of 4.60m.
Second placings were secured by Billy Ryan in the 100m; Niall Tuohy, 800m; Ciaran Donnelly, 110m Hurdles; Thomas Barr, 400m Hurdles; Michael Cox, Walk; Sean Archer, Triple Jump; Tom Boucher, 56 lbs, and the 4x100m Relay team.
Third placings went to Stephen Murphy, Long Jump; Alex Flynn, 3000m Steeplechase; Shane Kennedy, Shot Putt, and Tom Boucher Hammer. Last year they finished fourth but made it a great double for the club this year, scoring 119 points with the second team, Limerick County, on 108.