Last weekend Kelly Proper, Ferrybank AC, got her competitive season off to a great start at the Indoor Meeting in Birmingham.
On Saturday she won the long jump competition with a leap of 6.21m and finished fourth in the final of the 60m in a p.b. time of 7.60secs.
Then on Sunday, Kelly finished third in the final of the 200m in a time of 24.12 secs. However, in winning her semi-final she set a new personal best time of 23.92 secs – well ahead of her previous best time for the distance.
Niamh Whelan set a personal best time in winning her semi-final of the 60m on Saturday in 7.52 secs, but in the final finished 5th – one place behind Kelly in 7.61 secs. On Sunday Niamh didn’t make it to the 200m final, having ran 24.72.
Billy Ryan although setting a p.b. time of 22.52 in the 200m semi-final, yet didn’t make the final, and Kevin Cooper also failed narrowly to make the 1500m final.
All-Ireland Indoors in Belfast
This weekend the All-Ireland Senior Indoor Championships are in The Odyssey Arena, Belfast and a small but select number of athletes from Waterford will compete. The aforementioned Kelly Proper defends her long jump title and should emerge victorious again.
Bralitis wins Dungarvan 10 Miles
Over 900 competed in the Quantum Life, Dungarvan 10 Miles road race on Sunday last which was a record number of entrants.
Sandis Bralitis of WWAC was the overall winner in a time of 51 minutes, 36 seconds. Michael Herlihy North Cork was second in 52.25 and Colin Merritt, Carrignavar, was third in 54.03.
Rosemary Ryan of Bilboa in Limerick set a new course record in winning the ladies’ section in 57.27. Pauline Curley, Tullamore was second in 58.51 and Madeline Dorney, Thurles Crokes, came third in 61.21.
First men over-40: Michael O’Connor, Sligo; over-45: Cathal O’Connell, St Finbarrs; over-50: Stephen Griffin, Tralee Hrs; over-55: Joe Gough, WWAC; over-60: TJ Beatty, Loughrea; over-65: Mick Neville, Tullamore.
Male Junior winner: Declan Power, West Waterford.
First woman over-35: Angela McCann, Clonmel; over-40: Denise Ryan, Raheny; over-45: Mary Sweeney, St Finbarr’s; over-50 Lucy Brennan, Sligo; over-55 Margaret Barry Midleton; over-60: Catherine O’Regan, Slaney Olympic.
First Female Junior: Tara Roche WWAC.
Team winners: Men – DSP Dublin, Women – WWAC.
Next Saturday and Sunday the Munster U-13 to 17 Indoor Championships are in Nenagh and on the Sunday the Munster Masters Indoors are also staged at the same venue.
On Saturday and Sunday week, February 14th and 15th, the All-Ireland Universities take place in Nenagh.
On Sunday the 15th the All Ireland Intermediate and Masters Cross country Championships are in Santry in Dublin.
The following weekend, February 21st and 22nd, the Munster U-9 to 12 Indoors, as well as the U-18 and 19 Championships, are also on in Nenagh and also the U-13-19 Combined Events.
Another fixture for Sunday, February 22nd, will be the Rás na hEireann in Dunleer, Co Louth.
The Munster Athletic A.G.M. will be in Lawlor’s Hotel, Dungarvan, on Saturday, Feb 14 at 1.30pm.
Anne Valley 5 Miles
On Saturday week, February 14th, the Annual 5 Miles Road Race and Walk in aid of the South Eastern Cancer Foundation will be in Dunhill with a 12 noon start. Entries taken at Harney’s Dunhill from 10am on the day. Sponsorship cards are available at Harney’s Shop in Dunhill. There are team and individual prizes.
The Paddy Byrne Winter League in the city has its second last leg this Thursday, February 5th, at 7pm in the RSC. Registration from 6.15pm at Kilbarry.
Coming up on Thursday, Feb 12th, at Tramore Racecourse is the Munster Secondary Schools Cross-Country Championships.
Congratulations to Kate Veale, West Waterford AC, who was chosen as the Pat Noctor Supreme Young Sportstar for 2008 in the West Waterford area.
County Board Meeting
A meeting of the Waterford Athletic Board will be held in De La Salle College next Monday at 8pm. All clubs to be represented.
County Cross-Country Championships
The Waterford Championships were in Abbeyside last Thursday and there was a good entry from all over the county. Results were as follows:
Minor Boys: 1st Robbie Mulligan, St Augustines; 2nd Liam Landy, Newtown School; 3rd Miceál Shine, Dungarvan CBS.
Team: 1st St Augustines 17pts; 2nd Dungarvan CBS 62pts; 3rd De La Salle 83pts.
Junior Boys: 1st Jason Keane St Paul’s; 2nd Colin Dunford, Dungarvan CBS; 3rd Cian Daniels, De La Salle.
Team: 1st De La Salle 27pts; 2nd St Paul’s 27pts; 3rd Dungarvan 65pts.
Intermediate Boys: 1st Ian O’Cuirrín, Scoil San Niochlás, An Rinn; 2nd John Skehan, St.Declan’s, Kilmacthomas; 3rd Glen Hall, St Paul’s.
Team: 1st. St Declan’s 38pts; 2nd St Augustine’s 39pts; 3rd Dungarvan CBS 51pts.
Senior Boys: 1st Conor Rochford, Abbey CC; 2nd Declan Power, Dungarvan CBS; 3rd Alex Flynn, Newtown School.
Team: 1st Dungarvan CBS; 2nd St Augustines.
Overall team boys: Dungarvan CBS.
Minor Girls: 1st Lucy O’Brien; 2nd Heather O’Leary, Ursula; 3rd Maggie Doran, Ursuline.
Team: 1st Ursuline 10pts; 2nd St Augustines 35pts; 3rd St.Declan’s.
Junior Girls: 1st Aoife O’Sullivan, Stella Maris; 2nd Autumn Coady, Ursula; 3rd Emer Hennessy, Pobal Scoil na Trionoide Youghal.
Team: 1st Pobal Scoil na Trionoide Youghal 17pts; 2nd Ursuline 19pts; 3rd Árd Scoil na nDeise 27pts.
Intermediate Girls: 1st Kate Veale St.Augustines, 2nd Rachel Wade Blackwater College, 3rd Siobhán Heylin Mercy.
Team: 1st Árd Scoil 17pts; 2nd St Augustines 20pts; 3rd Ursuline 27pts.
1st Una O’Brien, Ursula; 2nd Danielle Boland, Ursula; 3rd Sarah Dollard, Mercy.
Team: 1st Ursuline 10pts; 2nd Árd Scoil 27pts.
Overall team girls: Ursuline Convent.