National Silver for Aimee
A fabulous display of running from Aimee Hayde, Newport saw her finish runner-up in the National U/14 Cross Country Championships in Santry Demesne on Sunday last. Aimee has put together a string of successes at County and Munster level this season and this rich vein of form continued on Sunday with a great silver medal against top class competition. Aimee, running a year out of her age, put up a courageous performance and if she can maintain this then the U/13 national title is there for the taking. Well dome Aimee.
The County also had a number of other successes at these championships, seven others from Newport, Moycarkey-Coolcroo, Clonmel, Nenagh Olympic and Templemore were members of winning Munster teams while another 6 athletes representing Moyglass, Moyne, Thurles Crokes and Dundrum were squad members of the various Munster teams with our only County team, the Boys U/12 – many of them still eligible for the U/11 team – performing well. Kate Burke, Moyglass was the first into action at U/12 level and representing the province of Munster she came home in an excellent 33rd spot which enabled the Munster team to finish 2nd in the inter-provincial competition.
Tipperary also had two boys on the Munster U/12 squad with Joe Egan, Moycarkey-Coolcroo producing a great performance to finish 26th overall and 5th scorer on the Munster team that secured the bronze medals while Philip Hayes, Moyne finished 85th . As already mentioned above Aimee Hayde won a brilliant individual silver medal at U/14 level and she also led the Munster squad to the gold inter-provincial medals. Adam Ryan, Newport and Ted Collins, Nenagh Olympic represented Munster in the Boys event with both producing exceptional performances to finish 14th and 21st respectively and being part of the scoring six for Munster who won the silver medals.
Laura Fernandez, Templemore, Emma Fagan, Newport and Fred Crowley, Thurles Crokes represented the County on the Munster U/16 squads. Laura finished an excellent 18th overall with Emma in 33rd but they just missed out on national medals as Munster finished fourth but for Fred who finished 53rd the Munster team came 2nd so he can add a national silver medal to his collection. At U/18 level Emma Durand, Clonmel finished 30th with Jean Kelly, Dundrum 52nd and Eimear Loughman, Dundrum 58th and these positions were good enough to bring the Munster team into 2nd place with Emma the fifth scorer for Munster while Luke Herke, Templemore was our lone representative in the Boys event finishing 56th overall but was out of luck medal wise as Munster finished 4th. Ciara Cummins, Nenagh Olympic was our only representative in the Junior Ladies event finishing anexcellent 20th place.
The Tipperary Boys U/12 County team finished 10th overall with all ten athletes acquitting themselves well. Leading them home in 26th place was Joe Egan, Moycarkey-Coolcroo followed by Cian Hodgins, Nenagh Olympic in 38th. Tom Walsh, Nenagh Olympic finished 55th followed by Philip Hayes, Moyne in 85th and Odhran McGrath, Clonmel 88th. Filip McIntyre, Nenagh Olympic came 93rd, Darragh Minogue, Thurles Crokes 110th, Aaron McLoughlin, Moyne 113th, Jake Bowe, Moyne 125th and Oisin Shelly, Moyglass 140th. As already mentioned many are eligible for the U/11 team which is due to take part in the National Finals in Dungarvan on Sunday 6th December. Well done to all the athletes concerned for their excellent performances at these National Championships.
Munster Juvenile “B” Cross Country Championships
The Munster Juvenile “B” Cross Country Championships take place in Cappawhite, hosted by the
local club, on Sunday next 29th November with an 11.30am start. The event is open to all athletes
who competed and did not win a Munster or National individual or team medal in this year’s cross
country championships. The programme is Girls & Boys U/9 750mts, Girls & Boys U/11 1,000mts,
Girls & Boys U/13 1,500mts, Girls & Boys U/15 2,500mts, and Girls & Boys U/17 3,000mts. Being on home soil the County will be looking for success at all levels so hopefully all clubs will have put forward their athletes for this event.
National Un-Even Age Juvenile Championships
Sunday, December 6th, sees the National Un-Even Age Juvenile Championships taking place in
Dungarvan, Co. Waterford and Tipperary will be represented in teams in the Girls U/11, Boys U/11
and Girls U/13 events and all clubs who have athletes on these teams should confirm their
participation as soon as possible to County Juvenile CC Secretary, Nikki Hennessy.
County Sports Awards
At the last County Board meeting it was decided to have annual county sports awards. Amongst the
category of awards is Best Cross Country Juvenile U/14-U/19 for both Boys and Girls. All
nominations should be returned by the club Secretary to Pauline O’Rourke, County Secretary on or
before Thursday 2nd December and should contain a profile of the individual and a citation
relating to them.