|A reminder that training continues on Sunday mornings at 11am in Leamybrien. |
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| Click here for the 2020 membership forms. It is important that all athletes and adult involved are fully registered to cover them for insurance purposes. The club's code of conduct can also be read here |
|Just a quick reminder for all KCK athletes that training recommences next Sunday 1st March in Leamybrien at 11am. We will have training every Sunday for the month of March. New members are always welcome and you can contact Kieran on 087 7598182 regarding new membership. Membership fees are also due for renewal and you can contact our Membership Officer Karen with regard to this. |
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| The club would like to thank everyone who helped out in the various fundraising events throughout the year, including our Annual Family fun walk/run on the Greenway, bag packing, church gate collections and other voluntary work on and off the field. |
Finally a huge thank you to our Committee and coaches, especially Richie and Kieran, for their dedication and hard work through out the year. Your invaluable contribution to KCK over the years has not gone unnoticed.
|KCK Medal Winners|
|The KCK medal winners at the recent Munster A cross country championships held in Two Mile Borris recently. |
|Garda e Vetting |
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|Committee Members 2020 |
Chairman- Richie Browne
Vice chairman- Jim Barry
Secretary- John Behan
Asst. Secretary- Kieran Devine
Treasurer- David Whelan
Asst.Treasurer- May Byrne
PRO - Clairen Queally
Membership Officer - Karen Fennell
Child Protection Officers - Kieran Devine
.........................................- Jenny Ryan
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|4 INDIVIDUAL AND 3 TEAM MEDALS FOR KCK AT DAY 1OF COUNTY CROSS COUNTRY EVENT|
|Last Sunday saw the start of the cross country season at the Waterford County cross country championship held in a sunny WIT Arena. 17 KCK athletes travelled to the event to participate in 3 different age categories, u10, 12 and u14. |
First up were the girls u10, where we had 5 girls running. With strict covid 19 guidelines in place, the girls were unable to see the course in advance, which added to the tension and nerves of these 8 and 9 year olds. Dispite this however, they all took the course in their stride and all ran really well. First home for KCK was Lily May in 2nd place, followed closely by Ailish in 4th. Muireann, who was running out of her age, finished a very strong 11th. Not far behind was Alice in 19th and despite a fall at the start line Anna picked herself up and ran very bravely to finish the race strongly. This was also Anna's first cross country race so well done to her and all the girls. KCK were the second team home so they also earned themselves a silver team medal!
Next up was KCK's only representative in the boys u10 race. Andrew ran a superb race and earned himself a silver individual medal, so well done Andrew! The future is very bright for this young athlete.
Next up were the girls u12. KCK had 6 girls competing in this race. In what was a very competitive field and a tough course, the KCK girls ran their hearts out. First home and unlucky to miss out on an individual medal was Liadaín, who finish strongly in 4th place. A great achievement for Liadaín who was running out of her age. Next home for KCK was Leah in 6th. Leah was also running out of her age so this was a great result for Leah. Just behind Leah in 7th place was the ever reliable Alanna who ran a fantastic race also. Next home was Ciara in 12th, closely followed by Molly in 13th place. Both girls were again superb and did their club and team very proud. A special mention to Roisín who was running her very first cross country race and finished in 15th place. A brilliant performance for her first race so well done Roisín! This KCK team also earned themselves a silver team medal, so well done girls!
Another special mention to KCK's only competing boy in the u12 race. Isaac was also competing in his first ever cross country race. Despite the daunting task of running in unfamiliar territory Isaac ran really, really well, so well done Isaac!
The final race of the day for KCK was the girls u14 race. There was much anticipation for this race as KCK had a few very strong runners competing. These girls never fail to deliver with Abigail storming home 26 secs ahead of her nearest rival. Next home for KCK was Rebecca who also ran very strongly to finish in 3rd place. Not far behind her was Katie in 4th place. Katie was also running out of her age so this was an excellent performance by Katie. These three girls will be, in no doubt, big cross country stars of the future. Again another special mention (the final one!) must go to Amy who was again competing in her first cross country race. She ran really, really well and helped her team earn a gold team medal for all her hard work. Well done Amy and all the girls!
And so up next is Day 2, the unevens, on Saturday week. We look forward to seeing our very talented young athletes performing again on this day.
A big thank you to Richie for all his continued hard work and dedication to
KCK. Also a mention to his two sidekicks, Alan and Karen, for having the kids so well prepared, despite only having two weeks to prepare for this event. Well done all!
|MUNSTER GOLD MEDALFOR KCK ATHLETE AT MUNSTER SCHOOL INDOORS|
A huge congratulations to KCK athlete Hannah McGrath on winning a gold medal at Munster School Indoors in Nenagh on Tuesday last. Hannah was representing her school, St. Declan's, Kilmacthomas in the Minor girls 1200m. Hannah won her race comfortably in a time of 4.22.24secs almost 6 seconds faster than her nearest competitor! A number of other KCK athletes competed for their schools in various events and a big congrats to all who participated on the day.
Five KCK coaches are currently taking part in the Level 1 Athletics Coaching course in Lismore. A big thank you to Blackwater A.C. for hosting this informative 3 day course and proving us with plenty of great food and hot drinks in this very cold weather. No doubt all the coaches will come away from this course with lots of new ideas and plenty of enthusiasm which will benefit all of their clubs.
|DAY 2 OF THE MUNSTER JUVENILE INDOORS |
|Day 2 of the Munster Juvenile Indoors took place in Nenagh on last Saturday and KCK had one athlete, Casey, competing in both the 60m and 800m. |
Again, like the previous Saturday, huge numbers attended this event, this time for athletes U12 to U19.
Casey competing in the U15 age group ran in heat 2 of the 60m. She finished in a very strong 2nd place in a time of 8.96secs earning her a place in the final. In the final Casey ran a faster time of 8.92secs but unfortunately it wasn't enough to bring home any Silverwear on this occasion. Well done Casey on a great race, the experience of which will stand to you for the rest of this season.
Casey also competed in the 800m and although she didn't place she ran well in what was a very strong field of athletes.
|MUNSTER GOLD AND SILVER MEDAL FOR KCK AT JUVENILE INDOOR ATHLETICS|
With storm Denis brewing outside, three KCK athletics took to the road early on Saturday morning to participate in the Munster Juvenile Indoor Athletics in Nenagh, Co.Tipperary.
First up for KCK was Lily May in the girls U10 60m heats. With 85 girls competing in 9 heats, Lily May took to the line in heat 6 which she won comfortably in a time of 9.66sec. In her semi- final she stormed home in first place in 9.63secs.
The 500m was the next event for the U10s. With over 50 competitors, this was run on a heat basis with the three fastest times winning medals. Lily May ran in heat 6, coming home in 2nd place in a time of 1.42.64secs. This earned her an overall 5th position, another great performance by the Kilgobnet athlete.
Long jump was up next. With 60 girls competing this was a welcome break for Lily May before her sprint final. Lily May jumped really well finishing in 2nd place with a jump of 3.67m, just 0.02m short of the gold medal!
The time had come for the U10 60m final with nine young girls lining up for this big race. Lily May ran her heart out to come home in joint 1st place in a time of 9.48secs. A massive achievement for this 8 year old girl competing in her first Munster Indoors. She did her club and family very proud. A massive well done Lily May!
Up next was KCK's only competing boy, Andrew. With over 70 boys competing in the U10 60m sprint, Andrew ran in heat 5 in a time of 11.16secs. Unfortunately Andrew just missed out on a place in the semi final on this occasion.
Andrew took to the track next for his 500m. He ran a fantastic race, finishing strong to come home in 3rd place in a time of 1.46.32secs and finishing 18th out of 48 competitors. A massive achievement for Andrew who only joined KCK a few months ago. The future looks bright Andrew so well done on a great race!!
Andrew's final event of the day was long jump. Again with massive numbers competing, Andrew jumped 2.60m in his first ever long jump competition. A great jump and great experience for this young KCK athlete.
The final KCK competitor was Lily May's older sister Leah, who was competing in the girls U11. With almost 60 girls competing in the 60m sprint Leah ran in heat 7. Like her younger sister she won her heat, in a time of 9.47secs. Next up was her sprint semi-final where Leah finished a strong 2nd in 9.46secs. Leah was now through to the 60m final, a fantastic achievement for her first every Munster Indoor Championship.
As Storm Denis raged outside, Leah took to the line for her 600m race. Running in heat 7 again she ran well to come home in 3rd place in a time of 2.10.43secs and finishing 12th out of 47 competitors. Another great performance, well done Leah!
Next up for Leah was her sprint final. Leah was up against it from the start but ran her heart out to finish fifth in what was the fastest race of the day. Not bad going for her first Munster A final!
As the venue started to empty the last juvenile event of the day, the girls u11 long jump begun.
This is the first time these girls would have to jump from the board adding extra tension for all involved. Leah jumped great and considering she broke the board twice out of her three jumps, she still managed to come 8th out of 44 competitors. With some practice on her technique she will definitely be in contention in future competitions. Again well done Leah!
After a long, busy day the tired athletes (and their mammies!) faced the long journey home. All three really enjoyed their first taste of indoor athletics and the experience they gained will surely stand to them for the rest of this track and field season. Well done all!
|ALL IRELAND CROSS COUNTRY MEDAL WINNER|
Rebecca receiving her All Ireland Cross KCK participants at the B All Ireland Cross Country.
Country medal Included in the photo are Richie, Líadain, Niamh and Rebecca.
|UNEVEN CROSS COUNTRY ALL IRELANDS |
|A team of five KCK athletes travelled to Dunboyne on Sunday last to compete in the Uneven Cross Country All Irelands in what were typical cold December conditions.|
The first race of the day saw the McGrath sisters, Niamh and Líadain, compete in the girls u11 event. With almost two hundred competitors, this was always going to be a difficult race to dominate. Both girls ran out of theirs skins with Niamh finishing in a brilliant 32nd position and Líadain, experiencing her first Cross Country All Ireland and running out of age, ran her heart out to finish in 71st position. Well done to both girls on a fantastic performance.
Up next for KCK were the girls u13. We had three girls competing in this event. First up, on the back of her 3rd place finish in the Munsters, was Abigail who ran the race of her life to finish an incredible 14th, just missing out on an individual medal. Abigail, who is improving with every year, will surely receive that well deserved individual All Ireland medal in the years to come. Both Rebecca and Katie, who was competing in her second All Ireland in as many weeks, ran with gutsy determination to finish in 81st and 106th place respectively. Again a massive well done to all three girls! We are very proud of all five girls who represented KCK so well at National level and it was a great way to end what was another very busy and successful year for KCK athletics club.
Looking back on what was a very busy 2019, there were a number of highlights throughout the year. We had a number of individual, club and County medal winners in both the Munster A & B Cross Country events, as well as medals winners at the Munster and All Ireland B track and field competitions during the summer months.
A number of KCK athletes represented their local Communities in the Community Games throughout the year, culminating in the All Irelands in UL in August, where again we had a number of athletes reach the All Ireland finals in their respective events.
The club would like to thank everyone who helped out in the various fundraising events throughout the year, including our Annual Family fun walk/run on the Greenway, bag packing, church gate collections and other voluntary work on and off the field.
Finally a huge thank you to our Committee and coaches, especially Richie and Kieran, for their dedication and hard work through out the year. Your invaluable contribution to KCK over the years has not gone unnoticed.
|MUNSTER JUVENILE B CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS|
|A large number of KCK athletes travelled to Two Mile Borris on Sunday 1st of December to compete in the Munster Juvenile B Cross Country Championships. Although a bitterly cold day the conditions were good for Cross Country running.|
First up for KCK were the u9 boys, with four boys competing in this event. First boy home was Ríain who ran a great race to finish 25th, hot on his heels was Eamon in 26th place, Seán 45 and Barry 51st. All four boys ran very well and can be very proud of their performances on the day.
Next up were the girls u11 with five KCK girls competing. Molly ran a fantastic race to come home in 8th place winning herself a well deserved individual medal. Ciara also ran her heart out to come home in 25th. Both Abbie and Aimee came in together in 54th and 55th position finishing well within the top half of the field. Alana who left her sick bed to participate, did exceptionally well to complete the race. Well done to all the girls!
Our sole competitor in the boys u11 race saw Tadgh finish in 68th position in what was the biggest race of the day. Tadgh can be very proud of his performance in this very competitive race.
Next up were the girls u13, with a team of four competing. First home was Caragh 52nd, closely followed by Roisín in 53rd with Isobel and Anna finishing well up the field. Although no medals were won on this occasion all the girls ran well and did their club very proud.
A team of four KCK girls took to the field in the girls u15 race. First to cross the line was Ciara 21st, followed by Roseanne 28th, Casey 30th and Molly 36th. This fantastic performance by all four girls earned each of them a Munster club silver medal, so well done girls on this great achievement.
Again Colm was our sole competitor in the boys u15 and was extremely unlucky to miss out on an individual medal finishing in 14th place. Well done Colm on a great run and your commitment and dedication to the club all year.
Finally a big congratulations to Katie and Niamh who competed in their first All Ireland in Abbotstown on 25th of November. Both girls competed in the u12 race and really enjoyed the experience. They are both looking forward to competing in the Uneven All Ireland on December 15th. They club will also have a number of other athletes flying the KCK flag on that day so best of luck to all!
|Munster A Uneven Cross Country Championships.|
|A total of 23 athletes from KCK AC travelled to Conna last Sunday to compete in the Uneven Munster A Cross Country Championships. Favourable underground conditions made for a great course and all athletes were looking forward to the challenge ahead.|
First up were the girls u9 and nobody could have predicted how well these young girls would perform in their first ever Munster Cross Country Championship. Lily May, who was the only member of this team that had competed at Limerick Racecourse three weeks previously, led her team home in a very impressive 3rd place in what was a very fast paced race. Leah F, running in her first Munsters, was equally as impressive coming home in 6th place. Alish ran a fantastic race to finish 17th, Lily 54th and Muireann 62nd completed this great little team who claimed a Munster club silver medal.
This is a phenomenal achievement by these young girls. Lily May, Leah and Ailish were also scoring members of the Waterford team that finished in 3rd place overall.
Next up were the boys u9. KCK had two boys competing. Andrew and Rian,both new members to the club, were also competing in their first Munsters. Both boys ran their hearts out with Andrew coming home 36th and Rian 56th. Andrew was also a scoring member of the Waterford bronze medal team. Well done to both boys, a great achievement on your first Munster final.
The girls u11 were next to line out, in what was the biggest field of the day (almost two hundred athletes competing!). Such numbers lining up at the start line was always going to prove challenging for the race organizers and athletes alike. A long delay at the start added to the tension in what turned into a very competitive race. The McGrath sisters, Niamh in 25th and younger sister Líadain in 28th position, were the first of the KCK athletes home, both earning themselves County bronze medals for their valiant efforts. The next three athletes came in very close together, Alana in 54th place, Molly 57th and Leah, (running out of her age) in 59th place. Next up were Abbie, Grainne and Ciara who all finished in the top half of the field. This was a marvellous team effort. So again, Well done to all the girls!
Boys u11 saw the two Tom's compete in another very big and competitive race. Tom W, running out of his age and Tom O'R, competing in his first Munsters, ran superbly and can be very proud of their achievements on the day. Well done lads!
The second last race of the day for our KCK athletes was the girls u13 race. As expected, Abigail's performance didn't disappoint. The Waterford county champion, stormed home in a very impressive 3rd place, adding to her 10th position finishing in Limerick three weeks earlier. She ran the race of her life in what was arguably the fastest race of the day. Next home was Rebecca, grinding out a hard earned 39th position, with both girls scoring on the Waterford bronze medal team. We look forward to seeing both girls compete in the All Irelands in December. Katie, running out of her age, ran a very strong race to come home in 52nd, with Caragh and Roisín crossing the line not too far behind. Again well done to all the girls involved.
Last but not least was Colm, our sole competitor in the boys u15. Again Colm can be very proud of his performance coming in 49th in another very competitive race.
Finally, on behalf of all the competitors and their families, we would like to extend a huge thank you to our club coach, Richie, who singlehandedly has prepared these athletes for this Cross Country season. All his hard work, dedication and encouragement for each and every athlete has not gone unnoticed and is greatly appreciated by us all. Thank you for all your selfless hard work Richie!
|2 dividual and 7 County medals for KCK athletes at Munster Evens Juvenile Cross Country|
On Sunday 20th October a total of 16 KCK athletes travelled to Limerick Racecourse for the Munster Evens Cross Country.
Despite the challenging conditions, the club came home with 2 individual and 7 County Bronze medals.
First up were the girls u10. Líadain was first home in 11th place, winning her 2nd individual medal in as many years. She also finished 11th in the u9 race last year. Next up was Leah, the first of three Queally sisters competing on the day. Leah finished a strong 21st, closely followed by her younger sister Lily May who came home in 28th place. Holly ran a strong race to finish in 51st place, only three places behind her was Becky in 54th and Aimee running her first Munsters, came home in a very respectful 70th place. Unfortunately the girls just lost out on a club medal, coming home in 4th place. Líadain, Leah and Lily May did however receive a County Bronze medal as part of the Waterford team, who finished in 3rd place.
Next up was our sole u10 boy representative, Tom. Again Tom ran very well to come home in 53rd place, winning himself a County Bronze medal for his efforts. The u12 girls were up next. Katie finished in 50th place (an improvement of 49 places from last year!) earning herself a County bronze medal. Niamh who was running out of her age, came in 78th and Isobel in 108th. All three can be very proud of themselves as this was a very strong field of over 160 athletes. In the boys u12 race Ronan ran a fantastic race to come home in 32nd place and also earning himself a County Bronze medal.
In the girls u14 race KCK had five girls competing, four of whom were running out of their age. First home in 10th place was Abigail, a brilliant achievement considering Abigail was running out of her age. Next up for KCK was Rebecca who ran a great race to come home in 47th position and unlucky to just miss out on a County medal. Next up was Hannah in 63rd position followed closely by an ever improving Roisín in 67th. Caragh was next home in 78th. We look forward to seeing these girls compete in their age group in Conna. Best of luck to all the athletes competing in the Uneven Munsters in Conna on November 10th.
|KCK COMPETE AT THE COUNTY A EVEN AGES CROSS COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS ON SUNDAY SEPT 29TH.|
| First up were the U8 girls with Muireann finishing 7th and Emmie not far behind her in 11th place. Next up were the U10 girls who claimed team gold. The scoring members were Liadain 2nd,Lily May 4th, LeahQ 7th and Aimee 10th and great running also from Becky who finished very well in 12th, Lily W was 29th and Laura W was 36th. |
The U12 girls were up next and they claimed a bronze team prize. Scoring members were Katie 10th, Molly 12th, Abby 17th and Gráinne 18th.
The girls u14 were next up and claimed team silver. Abigail ran superbly to finish 1st, Caragh was 9th, Rebecca was 12th and Róisín was 16th.
The boys took to the field in the U8 race and Daniel running his first race for KCK crossed the line in 2nd place. The boys U10 were represented by Tom who finished 3rd, Eamonn 17th and Dale was 32nd. In the boys U12 Ronan came 5th and Senan came 9th. In the boys U16 race Colm came 4th.
DAY 2 The Uneven ages took place on Oct 6th and again KCK were well represented.
First up were the girls U9 who claimed gold. Lily May finished strongly in 1st place, Leah F 2nd, Lily W 8th, Alice 12th and Muireann was 21st.
The girls U11 team claimed team silver. Liadain led our team home in 5th place with Molly just behind in 6th and Niamh in 7th, Alana 12th, Leah Q in 13th, Abby 15th, Gráinne 17th and Ciara 19th. The U13s also claimed team silver. Abigail ran superbly again this week to cross the line in 1st place. Rebecca finished well in 6th place, Róisín was 10th and Katie was 13th.
The U 15 girls were up next. Hannah finished in 9th place and Ciara was 12th.
The U9 boys were represented by Dan who finished in 8th place and James was 25th. The two Toms were side by side in the U11 race finishing in 6th and 7th place. Finally in the U15 boys Colm Barry came 4th.
The 3rd and Final day were the county Bs held on October 13th.
First up were the girls U9. Ailish ran really well and Crossed the line in 1st place. Muireann was in 13th place, Laura W was 19th. In the girls U11 Molly finished 2nd, Abby was 3rd, Gráinne was 5th, Niamh was 6th, Alana was 7th and Ciara was 8th.
The girls U13 were next. Caragh ran well to finish 2nd, Katie was 4th, Róisín 6th, Isobel 9th.
In the U9 boys race James finished 8th. In the U11 boys race we had Tom O R finishing 1st and Tadgh was right behind him in 2nd place. In the boys U15 Colm came 1st.
|GREAT SUCCESS FOR KCK ATHLETES AT THE CROSS COUNTY RACES IN THE FRIARY|
The Friary hosted the schools running in beautiful sunshine and according to the organisers numbers were well up from last year with big fields in every race.
The following were the medal winners for KCK athletes. Representing Coolnasmear Senan stormed to victory to claim his 4th consecutive cross country schools title. Leah Fennell also representing Coolnasmear had plenty to spare when she claimed her first schools cross country title. Lily May Q completed the Coolnasmear hat trick of golds when she won the 3rd class girls race. Not to be outdone Niamh, representing her school, Kill NS, had a great victory in one of the most competitive races of the day. 2nd across the line were Liadain,(Kill NS) who ran a great race and representing Newtown NS Rebecca ran very well to finish 2nd. 3rd place finishes went to Leah Q (Coolnasmear) and representing Toorneena NS were the brother and sister team of Tom and Lily. Colm had a great 3rd place finish also in the secondary schools section . Other individual medal winners on the day were Molly 4th, Alana 5th, (Coolnasmear) and Gráinne (Kilrossanty) also 4th. Caragh finished 4th in the secondary schools section.
The team medals were as follows- Coolnasmear 4th class girls claimed gold with the team of Leah Q/ Alana and Ciara. Shonagh and Orlaith also ran very well in this race and finished well up the field. The silver team medal in the 4th class girls race went to Kilrossanty NS with Gráinne, Abby and Aimee on the team. Coolnasmear 3rd class boys claimed bronze with the team of Eamon, Dillon and Denis. KCK had a number of other athletes who all ran exceptionally well and although not in the medals represented their schools proudly.
|CIARÁN CLAIMS GOLD FOR KCK|
Ciarán, representing KCK, who won a gold medal in the KCk Leah who claimed a bronze medal in the U8 60m
U13 All Ireland B Track and Field championships in sprint at the community games national finals held in UL
Tullamore on Sunday July 21st. recently.
|Ciarán claims gold for KCK.|
Ciarán Kirwan headed to Tullamore on Sunday July 21st to compete in the All Ireland B Track and Field championships. He was our sole competitor on the day and ran a stormer in the 80 m sprint and won the semi final with a time of 10.54seconds. Later on in the day he lined up for the final and with 10 meters to go took the lead and powered home to win the race and claim an All Ireland gold medal. The 300km round trip was well
Worthwhile. This follows up his Munster B gold medal in the 80m sprint also.
KCK had a number of athletes representing their various community games areas at the National finals in UL on August 17th and 18th. All of the athletes in the various disciplines and relays performed very well and no doubt enjoyed their All Ireland experience. We had one outstanding performance over one weekend and that was Leah Fennell. Leah along with her sister Ciara are the first 2 at training every night and indeed have hardly ever missed a session. The hard work that Leah put in had definitely paid off when she got through her quarter final on Saturday evening and progressed to Sunday’s semifinal. Leah ran a very assured race and progressed to the finals on Sunday afternoon. In the final she ran her very best and looked like a real pro and stormed home in bronze medal position. This is a tremendous achievement by the young Kilgobinet girl who has bucket loads of determination.
|KCK WIN 8 MEDALS AT THE MUNSTER T&F CHANPIONSHIPS IN ENNIS|
KCK athletes headed to Ennis with a small team of 4 recently, but it was a very successful day for them coming home with 4 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals.
Ciarán was first up in the boys U13 80m sprint. A young man from Mahon bridge who has only been running with our club for a matter of weeks and is also a talented soccer player crossed the line in a time of 11.25 seconds to claim gold. What an introduction to your first Munster T & F championships.
Lily May, the first of the 3 Queally sisters to take part on the day came home with 3 medals. Her first medal of the day was silver when she crossed the line in 2nd place in the U9 60m in a time of 10.28 seconds . Lily May went on to claim gold in the long jump with a fantastic jump measuring 3.25 m and her third medal of the day came in the 300m where she again claimed gold running a strong race from beginning to end in a time of 57.9 seconds.
Leah was next up. She claimed silver in the U10 60m where she crossed the line in a time of 9.80seconds. She then competed in the long jump where she claimed gold with a great jump measuring 3.70m. She then took to the start of the 500m race where she finished just outside the medals in 4th place with a time of 1 m 46 seconds.
Caragh was last up and claimed bronze in the U13 80 m sprint with a time of 11.6seconds. She claimed her second bronze medal of the day in the long jump with a distance of 4.10m. A long day for the two families in Ennis with a long journey there and back and their parents and all at the club can be very proud of their achievements .
Next up was day 2 of the west Waterford /east cork inter-county challenge which was hosted by St Nicholas’s AC in Conna. KCK had over 20 athletes competing again on day 2. On the second night it was mainly middle distances for all ages. Girls also competed in the turbo javelin and boys in the long jump. This was followed by the very popular relays and the very competitive mini olympics for the younger children . Medal winners for KCK on the night in their respective ages were Tom 1st and Colm 3rd in the long jump. Lily W 2nd and Leah Q 3rd in the turbo javelin and Lily May 1st, Ailish 2nd, Leah 2nd, Caragh 1st, Kasey 3rd and Colm 1st in the middle distance races.
KCK and the other Waterford clubs had a commanding lead going into day 2. Waterford won the challenge beating Cork by 88 points over the 2 nights. KCK were the highest scoring club overall over the 2 nights winning the top club with 44 points to spare over St. Nicholas’s. As KCK were the leading club John McGrath, county Chairman presented the plaque to the athletes of KCK. The plaque will spend the summer in the various Waterford clubs that participated. Well done to John from Blackwater AC and his team for a very well thought out and planned tournament. The plan is now to do a cross country event similar to this in the Autumn. Thanks to Mary Ashe for her commentary on the PA over the two nights which contributed in the the smooth running of the event. Thanks also to Colin from Athletics Ireland who was in attendance on day one and sponsored the lovely medals for both nights.
|INTER COUNTY CHALLENGE|
|KCK athletes competed in the first night of the inter county challenge which was hosted by The Blackwater athletic club recently. This is a two- night combined score tournament and 5 clubs from west Waterford take on their East cork counterparts. The second leg will take part in Conna on Tuesday June 25th. John and his team from Blackwater AC had the field in brilliant order and at times we thought we were down in the RSC. Each club logo was displayed brilliantly around the perimeter of the pitch and Mary From West Waterford was superb in keeping the night running smoothly on the PA system. All athletes who reached the podium received beautiful inaugural medals. A great display from athletes from all 5 Waterford clubs on the night has helped Waterford go into the second night with a commanding lead. Still a huge effort will be needed next week as cork will be hosting the event and are sure to put it up to Waterford. All the events on the night were of a very high standard with huge numbers competing in many events. There were over 40 athletes competing in one of the long jumps alone. As pleasing as it was for all the athletes who reached the podium in the individual events the most competitive and enjoyable events were the relay races. We had club, inter club, mixed and medley relays and everyone got to take part. These were fiercely contested and KCK had a lot of athletes reaching the podium for the first time. The following were the KCK individual medal winners on the night. |
SPRINTS LONG JUMP THROWS
Lily May U9 1st Lily May 1st U9 Tadgh 3rd U11 Turbo Javelin
Leah U10 2nd Leah 1st U11 Ronan 1st U13 Shot
Molly U11 1st Caragh 1st u13
Abi U11 2nd Rosanne 2nd U15
Senan U11 2nd
Caragh U13 1st
Ciarán U13 1st
Kasey U14 1st
Rosanne U15 1st
A big thanks to the KCK parents that helped out on the night. We will require help from parents again in Conna next week to keep the event running smoothly.
|COUNTY FINALS OF THE PRIMARY SCHOOLS ATHLETICS |
|KCK athletes representing their various schools compete at the County Finals of the primary school athletics. |
Lily May was 1st in the U8 sprint and also got a gold medal in the U8 relay. Ailish was 3rd in the U8 sprint. Leah Q was 2nd in the U9 sprint and also 2nd in the U9 long distance. Molly was 2nd in the U10 sprint. Senan was 1st in the U11 sprint. He was also first in the relay and he claimed bronze in the long distance. Ronan was 3rd in the U11 sprint and won a gold medal in the relay. Caragh won 2 gold medals. One in the sprint and one in the long distance. Lily W claimed silver in the U8 relay. Leah F, Lily May Q, Alice and Anna won a gold medal in the U8 relay. It was great to see so many from the club competing so well at this event. The standard at the schools county finals is at a very high level. Higher than the county championships it might be said so to do so well is testament to the efforts each of them puts in. Their efforts along with their school team mates helped Toorneena to win the Nora Healy Trophy at the Western Finals for the first time ever and Coolnasmear won the girls big schools for the first time in their schools history. Both schools combined have over 30 athletes coming to KCK regularly for training. A big thanks to the teachers of the schools for promoting athletics.
Well done to Tom and Lily who were the sole competitors representing KCK at the Munster A track and field competition in CIT recently. No medals on the day but both competed very well and gained great experience.
Also well done to the St Declan’s trio and KCK members Kasey, Ciara and Rosanne who represented their school in the All Ireland schools finals in Tullamore recently.
A lot of new families have joined our club recently and it is great to see them.
|KCK claim 31 individual medals and 25 relay medals on day 2 of the county championships |
KCK claim 31 individual medals and 25 relay medals on day 2 of the county championships in the RSC.
Well done to our team of 21 athletes who travelled to the RSC on Sunday for day 2 of the county championships. A haul of 56 medals in total for the club with lots of impressive displays on the day. In no particular order- Senan with the 60m and 600m titles in the bag from day 1 completed the hat trick of track events when he led from start to finish to claim the 200m title. He progressed through the hurdles heats to the final where he claimed the bronze medal. He then went across to try the shot for the first time and claimed another bronze medal. Senan completed a second hat trick during the week by winning the sprint, 600m and as a member of the U11 winning relay team at the western finals of the primary school athletics in the friary. Ronan also followed up on last weeks excellent display when he claimed gold in the U12 Shot. Very impressive throwing from the Kilgobinet man on his first time trying this new event. He then reached the finals of the hurdles and claimed silver. He kept his best performance for the 200m where he came from behind to finish very strong and claim silver. Ronan has an equally good night at the primary athletics claiming bronze in the sprint and bronze in the 600m and was also a member of the winning U11 relay team. Rosanne had a great day coming 2nd in the U15 200m and she also claimed silver in the long jump and bronze in the javelin. Colm was up next and ran really well to claim gold in the 800m U15 and he followed this on by claiming silver in the 200m and he jumped well to claim silver in the long jump. The Queally girls from Kilnafrehan had another exceptional day. Lily May claimed gold in the U9 hurdles and gold in the 200m. She also claimed gold in the sprint at the primary school Athletics And was a member of the schools U8 winning relay team. Leah not to be outdone by her younger sister also claimed gold in the U10 hurdles and gold in the 200 m. In the schools event she claimed silver in the sprint, the 300m and was a member of the relay team which finished 2nd. Caragh was next up. She claimed the first of her 2 gold medals when she won the 200m race. She then went to the javelin where she claimed her second gold medal. She then qualified for the hurdles final and claimed a silver medal and then went on to win a second silver medal in the U13 long jump. In the schools athletics she claimed gold in the sprint and 600m and was a member of the relay team finishing in 3rd place. Ciara claimed the first of her 2 silver medals by finishing 2nd in the U15 javelin and her 2nd silver came when she ran impressively to finish 2nd in the 800m. She claimed her 3rd medal of the day a bronze in the long jump. Róisín was up next. She pipped her sister by claiming silver in the long jump and claimed her second medal of the day, a bronze in the javelin. She also claimed bronze in the schools 600m race. Rebecca threw well to claim silver in the U13 javelin and claimed her second medal of the week by finishing 2nd in the schools 600m race. Molly did extremely well when she claimed gold in the U11 hurdles and ran impressively to claim silver in the 200m. She also claimed gold in the schools sprint and was part of the silver medal relay team. Kasey continued her good form on day 2 with one of the performances of the day when she claimed gold in the 200m. She jumped very well to claim silver in the long jump and then jumped well to claim a bronze in the U14 hurdles. Orlaith had a strong finish in the 200m But was outside the medals as was Abi who also ran very well. Other medal winners from the club representing their various schools last Thursday at the western finals last Thursday were Becky, silver in the U9 relay, Tom had a great run to claim gold in the U9 sprint and was part of the U10 silver medal relay team. Lily also claimed gold as part of the winning U8 relay team. Alana finished 2nd in her hurdles heat and finished 4th overall in the final at the RSC She also claimed silver in the schools relay event. Alice also claimed gold when her team won their relay and Emily was part of the U10 silver relay team. Isobel ran a stormer to claim silver in the 600m. Laura claimed bronze as part of her U8 relay team. Katie came 3rd in the 600m and was also claimed bronze as a member of the U14 relay team. Ailish won the first of her 3 medals when she claimed silver in the U8 sprint and claimed another silver in the U9 300m and was part of the bronze medal relay team. Eamonn jumped impressively when he won his heat to reach the hurdles final but just came up short to finish in 4th spot at the RSC. Pauly also emptied the tank in his hurdle final where he also finished 4th. Holly ran well in her hurdles heat but didn’t reach the finals on this occasion . Dale and Emmie also jumped well in their heats but again just missed out on a final spot. We also had 5 relay teams all of which claimed medals at the RSC U12 girls claimed bronze with Alana, Molly, Abi and Orlaith. The U 14 girls also claimed bronze with Rebecca, Caragh, Kasey and Molly. Our silver medal team were the U10 girls with Leah, Lily May Becky Holly and Emmie. The first is our 2 gold winning relay teams were the U16 girls with Ciara, Rosanne, Kasey And Caragh And our U12 Boys also claimed gold with Senan, Ronan , Tadgh And Jake. It was good to see Tadgh and Jake back where both reached the finals of the hurdles at the RSC and both claimed gold in their schools relays.
Thanks to Richie and his team for having the athletes so well prepared for all the events
|KCK claim 25 individual medals and 8 relay medals at the county championships held in the RSC on Sunday.|
KCK headed to the RSC with a team of 31 athletes to compete in the county championships. This was our biggest number of competitors to date and a lot of families tasted County competition for the first time.
In no particular order the following were our medal winners. Kasey, one of our new members ran superbly to claim silver in the U14 80m. Lily May U9 claimed gold in the 60m, 300m and long jump. Leah U10 claimed gold in the 60m, 500m and long jump. Caragh U13 came 2nd in the 80m and 3rd in the 600m. Rory, another of our new members claimed silver in the 300m. Conor claimed bronze in the turbo javelin. Molly B U10 got silver in the turbo javelin and bronze in the 60m. Tom came 2nd in the 60m and came 3rd in the long jump. Rebecca claimed silver in the U13 shot put. Annie got bronze in the turbo javelin. Abi claimed bronze in the 600m. Ronan U12 claimed gold in the turbo javelin and gold in the long jump and got a bronze in the 600m. Senan U12 got gold in the 60m and gold in the 600m and claimed silver in the turbo javelin and silver in the the long jump. We entered 4 teams in the relays and the 2 of these claimed medals. The U9 team of Lily May, Orla M, Lily, Ailish and Alice claimed gold and the U11 team of Emily, Abi, Alana, Molly and Orlaith D claimed silver.
Well done to Richie and his team for having the athletes so well prepared. Well done to the organizers for a well run event and having all events completed in time to see the match.
Lots of these athletes have qualified for the Western finals of the primary school athletics in the friary on Thursday night. Best of luck to all our athletes running on the night. We will be returning to the RSC next Sunday for day 2 of the county championships. As we have said before in these notes medals are important but being there and competing is everything. Well done to all our athletes who represented our club so proudly.
The Queally sisters from Castlequarter representing KCK came home with 9 county medals between them from the recent county championships in the RSC.
|New Year Round UP|
|KCK athletes competed at the national cross country A championships in Navan recently. We had a team of 4 who qualified for these championships. This was the weekend of the bad storm on the 15th of December and while driving up the Cavan road we still weren’t certain if the event would go ahead. Luckily for the athletes the weather was better in Navan than it was at home and the event went ahead. In Abbotstown a few weeks previous to this in the even ages there was a very wide starting area where athletes were no more than 2 deep and everyone got a fair chance from the start and no one could complain on that occasion. Unfortunately this was not the case on this occasion where all the athletes were put into coralls. Some athletes from different clubs, counties and provinces were left out first and this gave them a favorable start. Unfortunately our four athletes and other athletes from Waterford were one of the last to be allowed to line up and so had a huge disadvantage before the race even began as they were in the last third when the race got going. |
First up in the U11 boys was Senan who was running in his age and Peter who was running out of his age. Senan ran extremely well and passed up to 50 athletes out along the course to come home in 60th place. This was a great result for Senan who put in a lot of hard work since last January. Peter ran extremely well also competing against boys older than him and can be very proud indeed of his 116th place finish. Well done to the 2 boys where 180 athletes completed the course.
Next up in the U13 girls were Caragh and Rebecca. This was a 2 and a half kilometer grueling course with both girls running out of their age. They were well able to compete and ran a very strong race competing against the best athletes in the country. Caragh came home in 114th place and Rebecca just 2 behind in 116th place in a race where over 170 completed the course.Despite the way the races were started this course and the facilities were excellent. Lots of Memories for these athletes on top of the 500km round trip.
After one of the busiest and most successful years in our club KCK held a Christmas party for the children in Crotty’s Lemybrien on Dec 7th to say thanks to the children for their hard work and dedication all year. Jenny organized a great night ably assisted by Angela which included a disco, games and food for the kids while there was also food for the parents in a nice relaxing family atmosphere . All the children had a ball and this was evident when seeing the boys last to leave the dance floor.
Geraldine Barry brought down the community games trophies where a lot of our athletes had taken part in during the year. At the end of the night a presentation was made to Richie in recognition of his hard work this year and every year and l’m sure he’s looking forward to kicking off in 2019.
Looking back on a very busy year some of the highlights were in the Munster A cross country championships in Beaufort where the U12 girls claimed club silver for KCK and the girls U10 girls claimed club bronze. We had a lot of individual medal winners both in A and B cross country championships during the year and in Munster track and field as well as numerous of our athletes scoring for Waterford in the various competitions and well done to all.
Separately in the Community games where KCK and Mahon Valley had a lot of athletes competing throughout the year from swimming in January and culminating in the All Ireland finals in UL in August where 2 of our athletes reached the All Ireland final and had a 5th and 2nd place finish. We can’t leave 2018 go without mentioning the heatwave and the scorching hot day that we had in UL for the finals of the boys and girls rounders in July .
Another great day for the club was the family fun walk on the greenway back in September where a lot of money was raised to buy new equipment for the club. Well done to Richie and his family for their work on that occasion. We installed a badly needed new long jump back in July so the children will be able to look forward to using this in 2019.
The club would like to thank everyone who helped out with our bag pack, church gate collection and in other ways on and off the field. Your time and support is much appreciated. Hopefully we’ll see everyone at the AGM on Saturday. Club gear should also be coming in the next week or two and we will let ye know on the WhatsApp when it does
|All Ireland Cross Country Championships Finals in Navan |
|The KCK team that competed at the All Ireland A cross country championship finals in Navan last weekend. Caragh, Peter and Senan missing from the photo Rebecca|
|KCK U13 team that competed recently in Riverstick |
|KCK headed to Riverstick in Co.Cork last Sunday for the Munster B Cross Country Championship. We had a team of 20 athletes participating in our last big club outing of the year. Despite the rain and the soft underfoot conditions all our athletes competed really well. |
First up were our U9 girls where Becky put in a fine performance, one of her best to date, to lead her team home in 16th place. Holly also ran powerfully to finish in 25th place and Laura got her first taste of Munster Championships and finished very well in 42nd place.
Next up were the U9 boys. Eamonn led the team of 3 home with a steady run throughout to finish in 25th place. Robert , one of 3 brothers representing the club today, was next home with a very good run in his first Munster championship race and Conor was our third boy home running a very steady race to finish well inside the top 50.
Next up were the U11 girls which was by far the biggest race of the day with over 100 athletes competing in this 1000m race. Isobel led the team home with a strong run in 20th place . Alana in her first Munster championship and relatively new to cross country was the next girl home for KCK finishing in the top half of the race with a 51st place finish. Gráinne, a girl who is improving week by week, was only 2 places behind in 53rd place. Orlaith who always gives it her all was the 4th girl home in 81st place.
Our U11 boys were next up. Ronan, ran a super race from beginning to end and led the team home and earned himself an individual medal by finishing in 12th place. He trained hard all year and saved his best performance for today . Peter wasn’t too far behind in 16th place and has his own All Ireland in Navan to look forward to in 2 weeks time. Tadgh who was running out of his age on this occasion ran steadily throughout and finished in 60th place. James, the 2nd of his family running today and new to cross country running finished very strong and not far behind in 67th place.
The U 13 girls were next up. Hannah ran a really gutsy race today and was agonizingly only one place outside of a medal in 13 th place. This was a massive performance from Hannah and she can be very proud of her effort. Second home was Anna, who always gives 100% and did well to finish inside the top 60 in deteriorating conditions. One of the moments of the day was Róisín’s performance. Running out of her age in her first Munster race she was coming up the last 100m with the rain pouring down and other girls around her pulling up, she put her head down and showed great determination to finish the race. A never give up attitude from Anna and Róisín will stand to them always.
The U13 boys were next up. Darragh was first home for KCK and ran steady throughout to finish in 46th place. He was closely followed home by Thomas, the 3rd of the brothers running today and finishing well in 68th place in his first Munster championship. Conditions had really worsened by the time Colm took to the starting lineup in the boys U15 race. . In this grueling 2000m race. Colm had a fine performance to finish in 18th place . A great performance from this young GAA player from Kilrossanty.
As we were heading home the news got better for KCK when we heard that Isobel and Alana had secured Munster bronze medals as they were scoring members of the Waterford team who finished in bronze medal position in the girls U11 race. All in all a great performance from the club today and a huge thanks to all the parents for getting the athletes to the venue today in the bad conditions. Everyone can now enjoy a long and well earned rest for the Winter as club training and competitions are over for this year. We will return again for track and field training at the end of March. Caragh, Rebecca, Peter and Senan will have to train for a few more weeks as they will be representing our club at the All Ireland A cross country in Navan on Dec15th. A big thanks to Richie and his team for having our athletes so well prepared for today’s events. Our club AGM will be on Saturday January 12th. More on this closer to the date.
|KCK U12 girls team finish 10th in the All Ireland cross country A championships in Abbotstown.|
|KCK had a team of 5 athletes competing in the National A Cross country championships at the national sports arena in Abbotstown on Sunday November 25th. |
Our U12 girls team took to the line fresh from their club silver medal achievement in the Munster A championships in Beaufort Co. Kerry recently. To come home from an All ireland A championship with a top 10 club finish is a great testament to this dedicated group of girls who would have between 90-100 training sessions each done since last March. Natural ability and a lot of hard work is the motto for this team. Abigail O Regan, who is relatively new to cross country running ran an absolute stormer and led her team home in 27th place. To finish in the top 30 in an All ireland A competition is a great achievement for her years hard work. She was also the 4th highest scoring member home for Munster. Next to cross the line in 78th place was Caragh Queally. Another massive performance from the young girl from Castlequarter who only took up athletics a few months ago. Rebecca Walsh was our third team member home in 91st place and not far behind was her cousin Róisín Power who also finished inside the top 100. With over 170 girls finishing this race our girls did themselves and their club proud. Our 4 KCK girls scored 4 out of the top 5 Waterford placings today. A great achievement . Looking back, these girls had a remarkable year with club silver in the Munster A championships, county bronze and individual Munster A medals for Abigail and Caragh. Caragh and Rebecca will also be representing KCK in the All Ireland U13 championships in Navan later on in December. A few more weeks of training for these girls.
Senan Devine, our only boy to qualify for today’s All Ireland was competing next in the boys U12 2000m race. Running a year out of his age he took to the starting line with the other boys from Waterford to represent his county. He ran a great race to finish in 82nd place finishing in the top half of the table with 170 boys completing the race. This was a great performance from Senan who can look forward to representing his club at the uneven ages All ireland in Navan just before Christmas. Well done to Richie and his team for preparing the athletes so well for this All ireland competition.
|KCK win 7 Munster A cross country championship medals in Tipperary. |
|KCK headed to the Turnpike in Two Mile Borris last Sunday with a team of 23 athletes. One of our biggest teams to date for Munster A cross country. |
First up were our U 9 girls where Liadain came in 11th to claim her own individual medal. This is a massive achievement for Liadain in her first Munster championship. Close behind was Lily Mae who was running out of her age and finished a brilliant 18th and her sister Leah wasn’t far behind her in 24th place which was another brilliant result from the family from Castlequarter. Not far behind Holly ran fantastic to finish 39th in her first Munster race and Becky a few places after that did well to finish in 50th place.
The girls were very unlucky missing out on a team bronze by just 3 points but due to their high scoring Waterford reached the bronze medal position with Liadain, Lily Mae, and Leah all picking up Munster bronze medals. A great day for the U9 girls.
Next up the U9 boys took to the starting line with 110 finishing this race it was great to see our new member Tom Windross crossing the line in 11th place.A massive achievement from the young man in his first Munster cross country championship.Tom could often be seen cycling to training with his sister so the hills around Touraneena are helping with his fitness. The trio of Conor, Eamonn, and Barry all ran their hearts out to finish well in side the top one hundred in their first Munster race and great experience gained by all four. Tom picked up his second Munster medal of the day later when it was announced that Watwrford finished in the bronze medal position with Tom scoring for his county.
Next up were the under 11 girls with Niamh home in 50th who was running out of her age and not far behind was Isobel in 53rd which was a great result for the Newtown girl. Katie had a brilliant race to come home in 66th in her first Munster race and Grainne can be very proud to finish well in side the top one hundred running out off her age. Molly had the misfortune of having a bad fall at the beginning of the race. This was a great result from the girls running in the biggest race of the day with 160 girls completing the course.
Next up were the U11 boys and Senan led the team home in 23rd place in a tough race which saw 150 complete the course. The trio of Ronan,Peter,and Tadhg all finishing inside the top 80 places. Peter recovered well after a fall and did well out of his age as did the very gutsy Tadgh running out of his age in his Munster championships.The news got better for Senan when it was announced that Waterford was the third team home. He was the third scoring member thus earning himself a Munster bronze medal and qualifying for his second All Ireland in as many weeks.
Last but not least were the U13 girls. A lot of this team were running out of their age after their brilliant performance in Beaufort two weeks ago. First home was Rebecca who crossed the line in 46th place . Róisín was hot on her heels in 47th place, Caragh crossed the line in 55th and Hannah who had a bad fall at the start recovered brilliantly and gained a lot of ground to claim 64th.This showed loads of character from Hannah who finished very strong and Anna finished well inside the top one hundred with over thirty girls still behind in this grueling 2 k race.
Again well done to all who competed today and represented their club so well. Thanks again to Richie and his team for having the athletes in such shape. Also well done to the organizers for marking out a great course and a great venue .
|18 medals for KCK at the Munster A cross country championships. |
The club had a record breaking day at the Munster cross country championships in Beaufort Co.Kerry on Sunday October 21st. Again our girls were to the forefront for the club and won all our medals.
First up were the U10 girls. In a race which saw 140 girls finish Niamh was the first KCK team member to cross the line in 14th place agonisingly just 2 places outside the individual medals. Next in was Molly who ran a super steady race throughout to secure her highest Munster finish to date in 22nd place.
Liadain who was running out of her age ran a great race to come home in 45th place and hot on her heels was Abi who also ran a great race to finish in 46th place. The news filtered through shortly after to say the girls had secured a Munster club bronze and the news was even better a bit later when we learned that Waterford had finished 3rd and with all four KCK girls scoring for Waterford they earned themselves a Munster county bronze medal.
So 2 Munster A bronze medals for these girls is fantastic. Next up Peter and Tom took to the field in the U10 boys race. 130 completed this race and Peter crossed the finish line in 30th place and Tom in his first Munster A competition finished in 63rd place. Well done boys.
The U12 girls took to the starting line next. KCK entered a strong team in this event and all the girls surpassed all expectations bringing home 10 medals between them.
In a race where 135 girls completed this tough course Abigail was our first KCK member home in 5th place which was 2 places better than her 7th place finish last year. Hot on her heels was Caragh who finished strongly down the back straight to come home in 10th place. This is her first season doing cross country and to be in the top 10 in a Munster A competition is a marvelous achievement.
Rebecca was hot on her heels and was unlucky again not to secure an individual medal finishing in 13th place. Rebecca’s very strong performance today helped her team claim club silver and county bronze as did the performance of Róisín who also ran superbly to finish in 27th place. The girls earned club silver for KCK and all our girls scored highly for Waterford to put Waterford in the bronze medal position. All 4 girls can now look forward to competing in the All Ireland cross country in Abbotstown next month.
Next up Senan took to the field in the U12 boys race. Senan who was running out of his age , ran steady throughout and came home in 58th place in a race which had 130 boys complete the course. Waterford were the 3rd county home in this event where the first 6 scored and got bronze medals. Senan was the 7th Waterford member home so just narrowly missed out but his performance was still good enough to secure him a place on the Waterford team in the all Ireland Abbotstown next month also.
Finally Hannah and Ciara took to the start in the U14 race. Again a very competitive field where 110 girls competed the grueling 3km race. Both girls ran well and came home together with Hannah finishing 75th and Ciara finishing 76th.
A very proud day for KCK who are going from strength to strength this year. To come home with such a collection of medals is testament to the effort being put in by everyone. Also pleasing was the performance of our athletes who didn’t win medals today. They all finished strongly and represented their club so well.
Richie will present the medals next Thursday at training. We will also have a sample of our new hurdles and turbo javelins for everyone to check out before we place our order.
|KCK U11 team at the county cross country championships |
|KCK headed to the Friary for the last day of the county cross country championships on Sunday. |
First up were the U9 girls where our sole competitor in this race Holly came home in 3rd place securing an individual medal.
The U11 girls were up next and Gráinne who was well in contention at the start of the race suffered a slight injury but continued on bravely to finish in 7th place just one spot outside the medals.
Orlaith ran bravely as usual and came home in a good 12th place. 3 competitors took to the field in the U13 race where Anna was our first KCK member home in 13 th place closely followed in 15th place by Molly running in her first county championships.
Kelly unfortunately had to pull up due to injury.
Next up were the U9 boys where we had a field of 4. All boys ran well and finished together with Conor in 10th, Markus 11th, Rory 12th and Barry 13th.
The U11 boys were up next where KCK had a 1-2-3 finish with Senan leading them home in 1st place, followed by Ronan in 2nd closely followed by Tadgh in 3rd who ran a brilliant race out of his age and Aidan another one of our new members ran a stormer to finish 8th.
Next up were the U13 boys with Joe as our sole competitor. He came home in 4th place to claim a medal.
Last up Colm took to the field in the u15 boys and ran well throughout the 2500 meters to finish 3rd.
The previous week on the second day of the county A championships KCK had a good team of athletes competing where the U9/U11/U13 girls team brought home team gold medals for KCK. This was similar to the feat achieved by the U8/U10 and U12 girls the previous week who also brought home team gold for KCK.
Individual medal winners that Sunday were Liadain U9 bronze, Tom W U9 silver. All in all a very successful 3 Sundays for KCK.
Thanks to Richie and all his coaches for having the lads in such good shape.
|KCK County Cross country Championships. |
|7 gold medals for KCK at the County Cross Country Championships. Well done to the following on their county gold success- Lily-Mae Queally, Niamh McGrath, Abigail O Regan and Sean Hubbard and also team gold for the U8 girls, U10 girls and U12 girls. |
The day started off with the U8 girls where we had a team of 5 at the start and incredibly they all finished in the top 6. This is definitely a record for any club in county A championships.
Lily Mae was first home to claim gold. She was closely followed in by Ailish claiming silver. Lilly, one of our new members was not far behind them in 4th place. In 5 th place was Laura and Muireann came home 6th. Well done girls on a great run. These girls won team gold for KCK.
The U8 boys were up next and another massive result from these boys with Sean coming home in 1st place claiming gold, hot on his heels was Eamonn who finished 2nd to claim silver. Not far behind another new member Barry had a great race to finish 7th.
Next up were the U10 girls where KCK had 10 competing. These girls also claimed a team gold with Niamh crossing the finish line first to claim a gold medal, Molly wasn’t far behind to finish 4th, Liadain ran a great race to finish 7th and Abby ran well to finish 11th. Leah running out of her age finished 12th, Gráinne was right behind her in 13th place. Becky ran a steady race to finish 23rd and Holly came in right behind her in 24th. Orlaith had a great finish to come home in 28th place and not far behind Annie finished in 34th place. With close to 50 in this race all the girls did superbly well to claim team gold.
The U10 boys were up next and another great performance with 3 in the top 10. Tadgh ran superbly to come home in 4th place. The 2 Toms came in together in 8th(Tom O Regan) and 9th place(Tom Windross)Great running for new members. Conor also ran well in this race and finished strongly.
Next up were the U12 girls who also claimed team gold. We had a team of 8 girls at the starting line. First to cross the line to claim gold was Abigail O Regan. Rebecca was hot on her heels to claim silver. Róisín wasn’t far behind in 4th and Caragh followed her home in 5th place. Isobel was next home in 11th place, Katie came home in 18th place, closely followed by Anna in 20th place and next home was Kelly in 21st who gave it everything she had. With well over 30 in this race this was a great team performance again.
The U12 boys were next up. Senan was our first member home in 5th place with Joe hot on his heels coming home in 6th and Ronan gave everything to come home in 11th place.
The U14 girls were up next. The 2 girls ran a strong race with both having impressive performances with Hannah finishing 6th and Ciara finishing 7th.
Colm was our sole competitor in the U14 boys and he ran a very strong race to finish 7th.
A very impressive performance from the KCK team today. We were delighted with the performances from our established members and especially delighted with performances from our new members - whether in the medals or not each did the club proud.
A lot of the athletes today were running out of their ages and we look forward to seeing another good club entry in the uneven ages next week.
Well done to Richie and his coaches for having the athletes in top shape and well done to the organisers who ran a very efficient event.
|Schools Cross Country Finals|
|The KCK athletes headed to the schools cross country finals running in the Friary last Friday evening. Congratulations to our 3 gold medalists- Niamh Mcgrath, Rebecca Walsh and Senan Devine. |
The evening started with the 2nd class girls. A very large field of athletes competed in this race and our 3 girls ran a great race. Liadain 2nd, Lily Mai 3rd and Holly 9th.
Next up was 2nd class boys and again another race with over 50 competitors. The 3 boys ran very well and all finished close together with Eamonn 25th, Conor 32nd and Marcus 33rd.
3rd class girls took to the start line in another large field. Abi finished 4th, and the 4 girls representing Coolnasmear school claimed the team gold with Leah 9th, Alana 10th, Becky 13th and Orlaith 19th.
In the 3rd class boys race Tom Windross finished 7th just one place outside the medals in his first cross country race. Tadgh finished 4th in the 3rd class boys race.
The 4th class girls were next up with Niamh running superbly to claim gold and Molly also running a great race to finish 4th and only two spots behind was Isobel in 6th and also claimed a medal.
The 4th class boys race was led home by Senan claiming gold in 1st place and Emmet Walsh Running in his first cross country race ran a great race to finish 8th.
The 5th class girls were up next and here Rebecca claimed gold and our new member Katie Fennell ran a great race and also claimed a medal finishing in 4th place. Anna finished 11th and Holly also finished well up the field.
In the 5th class boys race we had the 2 Darraghs and they ran well with Darragh Devine finishing 9th and Darragh Walsh just behind in 10th place.
Next up were the 6th class girls Hannah finished in 3rd place and Caragh just one place behind her in 4th place. Also finishing well up the field were our new members Kelly Campbell and Laura Doheny.
6th class boys were up next where we had our new member Joe Campbell claiming a medal in 6th place.
1st years were up next with Ciara finishing in the medals in 4th place girls and Colm Was 3rd in the boys race .
Congratulations to the organisers on a very well run event.
KCK then headed to Finisk Valleys open cross country day on Sunday 23rd of September. We had 22 athletes representing various schools. Congratulations to all our medal winners on the day. A good preparation for the county championships next Sunday.
Thanks to Shane and Deirdre and the Finisk Valley committee for organising a great event.
|KCK enjoying our family fun run last weekend |
|The Community Games Finals |
|The Community Games Finals took place at the University of Limerick last weekend. KCK had 6 athletes -representing Waterford- 4 representing the KCK area and 2 representing the Mahon Valley area. UL was a brilliant venue for these games and the athletes were some of the first to use the new track at the venue. Most of these events were also streamed live on the internet So families at home could also tune in to see the competition which made this years games one of the best so far. |
First up, Cormac Power was participating in the Boys U10 hurdles. In the preliminary rounds on Saturday Cormac jumped the hurdles really well but unfortunately did not qualify for the semi-finals on Sunday. He did very well for his first all-Irelands. Next up was Ciara Power who took part in the U14 javelin competition. Ciara who was out of her age this year threw very well but again didn’t make it through to the semi-finals on this occasion. Her sister Róisín was running in the girls U12 600m . She ran her heart out but it wasn’t her day and she didn’t make it through to the Sunday finals. Caragh Queally took to the track for the girls U12 sprint heats. The competition was particularly strong for this event and while she ran a stormer she failed to make it through on this occasion. It must be remembered that Caragh is only with the club a few months so to make it to the national finals is in itself a great achievement.
Senan was running in the Boys 200m event. He ran a great first heat and finished 2nd which saw him easily through to the Sunday semifinals. On the Sunday morning we returned to the track for the semifinals and he took to the starting line and ran very well to finish in 3rd spot which saw him through to the afternoon finals. With 8 participants in the final Senan started from lane 2 and ran a full hearted race to claim 5th place on the line, just one spot short of getting a medallion as the top 4 achieve medallions at the community games finals. He can be very proud of his achievement in reaching the final of this event.
Last but not least, our youngest competitor Lily Mae Queally took to the track on Saturday in the U8 60 m heats. After a great start she had a small stumble but unbelievably recovered from this to finish 2nd in her heat and qualify for the Sunday semi-final. She was out early on Sunday morning for her semi-final and despite the large crowds and the big occasion which could have distracted her she again ran superbly to finish 2nd, putting her through to the final. She returned to the starting blocks in the afternoon with her usual calm relaxed manner and ran superbly to claim an All-Ireland silver medal. Lily Mae who only started with the club last June and never misses training now obviously has bags of ability and a bright future in athletics.
Well done again to all 6 who gained great experience from participating in the national finals and who are all county champions in their own disciplines. Congratulations to all the other athletes representing Waterford at the weekend in the finals.
Thanks to Geraldine Barry for all her work in organising the Waterford area athletes for these finals. She can now take a break until the swimming events in January!
|Our New Long Jump|
|We started work on our new long jump at the end of May. Robbie arrived along on the Friday evening with his tractor and fencing gear to put in the frame for the new long jump ably assisted by Richie and Kieran. The 3 lads returned the following morning with Fergal joining the team. |
Robbie arrived along with his digger and dug out the run up and filled the pit with sand. A huge thanks to Kilrossanty GAA for allowing us to put in this long jump and a special thanks to Kevin who couldn’t do enough to help us out that weekend.
We held a club fundraiser to pay for the materials used in the long jump. All the club members took home a sponsorship card and returned with their completed cards on Thursday July 26th. All the cards were placed in a bag where the first card out had Jake Kearney’s name and he had the unique distinction of being the first official athlete to jump our new long jump. It turned out to be a great family evening with all the parents there and thankfully the rain held off until we got home. A big thanks to Angela for all her help with this draw. The club is now on a 2 week break and will return on Tuesday August 14th for cross country training. Following on from that we will be having our church gate collection in the local churches on the weekend of August 25/26th. We have a number of athletes competing in the community games finals in UL and we wish them well. No doubt they will continue to do some training at home in preparation for this.
|Munster B T&F championships. |
|Two gold and one silver for KCK in the Munster B’s which were held in CIT recently||Munster B’s 600m bronze medal for KCK which was head in CIT recently |
|A team of 9 athletes from KCK headed to the Cork IT on Saturday July 21st for the Munster B T&F championships. On a scorching hot day with temperatures of 25 degrees plus KCK brought home 4 medals. |
First up were Leah Queally and Holly Lawlor in the 60 m heats. Leah finished 3rd in her heat and made it through to the final. Holly ran a great time of 11.23 seconds which was not enough to get her a place in the final but finished 9th overall. A top 10 finish for Holly in her first Munster championships is a great achievement. Leah went on to take her place in the final and ran a great time of 9.83 seconds which was .01 of a second off 1st place but enough to earn Leah her first Munster silver medal. Both girls then went on to compete in the U9 long jump where they jumped brilliantly. Holly jumped 2.71m which again secured her a 9th place finish, a second top ten of the day. She has a promising future. Leah jumped 3.09m and this was enough to earn the Castlequarter athlete a gold medal, her second medal of the day.
Next up in the girls U10 was Gráinne Drohan who was competing in the turbo javelin. In her first ever Munster championships Gráinne threw 7.92m to earn herself a 5th place finish and can be well pleased to be in the top 5. She also competed in the 60m sprint where she ran a good race to finish 6th in her heat. However this wasn’t enough to qualify her for the final.
Competing in the girls U10 500m was Abi Ryan. She ran a great time of 1.48minutes only 9 seconds behind the winner and enough to get her 8th place overall. Isobel Lawlor was next up in the U11 600m race. With a time of 2.14 minutes and only 13 seconds behind the winner she finished a very credible 7th place. She then took part in the 60m sprint running a time of 10.07 seconds to finish in 10th spot out of a quality field of 18 athletes and her second top 10 finish of the day.
Rebecca Walsh competed in the 600m race and ran a great time of 1.59 minutes which was only 3 seconds behind the winner and enough to earn her a 7 th place finish overall. Caragh Queally was next up in the girls U12 long jump. Out of a strong field of 15 competitors she jumped a personal best of 3.74m and enough to claim her first Munster gold medal. She then competed in the 80m sprints where she qualified for the final by finishing 3rd in her heat with a time of 12.28 seconds. She ran a great final and finished in 6th place overall. This was great going for a girl that is only competing a short while.
Darragh Devine was next up in the U12 long jump. Despite arriving late at the long jump and not getting any practice in and only getting one jump he jumped 3.40m to finish 8th overall. He then competed in the 80m sprint where he ran 13.22seconds which was not enough to qualify for the final but was enough to earn him his second top 10 Munster finish.
Last but not least Senan Devine took to the field in the 60 m sprint where he finished 4th in his semifinal and enough to get him through to the final and with a lot of technical mixups it was decided that there would be 12 athletes competing in the final.
They had to remain on the starting line in 25 degree heat and no shelter for nearly 30 minutes while the difficulties were being sorted out. Eventually when the final was run Senan finished 10th overall . The 600m final had to be delayed until the 60m final was finished as there was 2 athletes competing in both.
These two boys had to run across the field to the 600m start where they had only 2 minutes before the race began. Senan was coming 3rd with 50m to go when the 4th place athlete overtook him. Everyone thought that after his exertions in the sprint final that his day was done but the young Kilgobinet boy dug deep to regain 3rd place to sprint to the finish and claim the bronze medal by 3 tenths of a second.
A big thanks to Richie and his coaches for having the lads in such great shape. To come home with 4 medals from a team of 9 is a great achievement.
Thanks also to all the parents who travelled with their children to compete on Saturday.
|KCK Community Games area claim Munster silver medals in UL |
Well done to the KCK boys and girls U13 rounders teams who put in mighty performances in their debut inter county outing in The University of Limerick on Saturday 7th of July. The boys began the day facing the formidable Ballybrown- Clarina of Limerick. Our opposition are true veterans of the sport and it is true to say that the KCK boys challenged the confidence of the experienced Limerick side. KCK made a very impressive start showing that they were keen to use the sharp skills they had acquired under the guidance of Andy griffin and Geraldine Barry. Early signs were very promising for KCK to the delight of a huge gathering support. Unfortunately the game went comfortably to the experienced Limerick side. We would like to extend every good wish to the Ballybrown- Clarina boys in the national final. The boys panel: Colm, Barry, Pauly, Darragh D, Darragh G, Oisín, Alan, PJ, Shane, Johnny, Brian and Cathal.
Next our girls faced Monaleen of Limerick. Like the boys our girls had been working very hard in the lead up to the Munster final. Meeting and training 3 times a week they proved to be fast learners. Having studied the form of the girls semi-final earlier in the day the girls also picked up some valuable pointers watching the boys game. In the blistering heat KCK girls were composed and level headed . They made quite the impression at the start and like the boys earlier had every appearance of being a winning side. They showed great mental sharpness and keen athleticism. Each girl encouraged her team mates until the very end. Again the game was won by Limerick. Congratulations to Monaleen and also best of luck to you in the national final. The girls panel: Aoife, Ellen, Lisa, Emily, Holly, Muireann, Míde, Eabha and Michelle.
So KCK boys and girls well done on learning a new sport in a short time. You’ve taken home a Munster silver medal, well earned by all of you. Many of you will be eligible again next year but somehow I feel you’ll have a few more innings in the meantime.
|Waterford Fnals of the Community Games |
|We travelled to the RSC last weekend to take part in the Waterford finals of the community games. Most of our athletes were representing KCK community games area but we also had athletes representing Clonea/Rathgormack and Mahon Valley community games area. |
There was over 30 kids from the club competing on the day. The day got off to a great start with KCK winning the best turned out area and as the day was coming to and end we found out that KCK won second best over all area based on results that day.
The gold medal winners will go on to the All Ireland’s later in August to represent Waterford which are due to take place in the UL complex in Limerick.
The following are the gold medal winners Lily Mae Queally, Caragh Queally, Ciara Fennell, Cormac Power, Senan Devine, Róisín Power, Ciara Power. Silver medal winners on the day were Barry Cunningham, Colm Barry, Leah Queally, Abi Ryan, Niamh McGrath, Aisling Power and Bronze medal winners were Eanna Drohan, Isaac Browne Shane Power, Pauly Cunningham, Clara Cullinan, Hannah McGrath and PJ McGrath and Relays KCK community games relay teams:
U10 mixed relay- silver
Molly, Colm, Abi and Senan
Boys U12- Bronze
PJ, Tadgh, Darragh and Jake
U13 mixed relay- silver
Anna, Tadgh, Jake and Caragh
Boys U14 silver
Colm, Shane, Darragh and Pauly
Mahon Valley Relays
Hannah McGrath and Róisín Power Girls U12 relay bronze. Isobel Lawlor also got a medal in the relays.
A big thanks to the organisers who put a lot of work into organising their areas and having athletes compete in many different events on the day. Thérèse McGrath from Mahon Valley and Geraldine Barry from KCK.
Congratulations to the KCK community games girls U13 rounders team who snatched victory in the last inning in the county final against Portlaw. They will go on to represent Waterford in the Munster finals of the community games which will be held in The university of Limerick sports complex on July 7th. The KCK U13 boys will also be representing Waterford at the finals in Limerick and both teams are training hard under the guidance of Geraldine Barry and Andy Griffin from Clonmel .
|Mahon Valley Community Games heats |
|Best of luck to all those who will be taking part in the Mahon Valley Community Games heats which will take place on Tuesday 5th June in Kilmacthomas soccer club grounds. |
Munster A Championships. We had a small team of 5 who headed to Lees Road, Ennis for the Munster track and field championships. Despite the small numbers the quality was high with a lot of top 10 finishers. The McGraths took centre stage on Saturday. First up was Liadain in her first Munster A championships. She took to the field in the U9 300m and finished a very credible 26th out of a strong field of 50. She then went to the long jump and had a 10th place finish with a jump of 2.94m and was the first Waterford girl home. Niamh was next up and took to the 500m starting line where she finished 15th out of 42 starters which was a strong performance in a quality field. She then went to the long jump where she finished in 7th place overall and had a personal best of 3.31m and was also the first Waterford person home in this U10 category. Hannah, who has been carrying an injury of late competed in the girl's U13 shot and finished in 14th place which is great for her first attempt at this category in Munster. On the following day, Sunday, it was the turn of the Kilgobinet duo of Ronan and Senan. Senan took to the field in the 600m which was run on times and in a quality field finished in 10th place overall . He lined up then for the 60m sprint and coming 3rd in his heat he reached the semi-final where he came 5th, missing out on the final by 2 places. A very credible 12th place finish overall in a field of 48 and was also the first Waterford boy home. Ronan did not qualify on this occasion from his heat but ran a very good time. Both boys competed in the long jump with Ronan finishing in 13th place with a personal best of 3.55m the first Waterford competitor home and Senan finished in 16th place with his jump of 3.32m and was the second boy from Waterford home. In the boys U11 turbo javelin Senan was the first Waterford boy home with a throw of 15.6m which gave him an 11th place finish. Ronan's best throw of the day was 11.04 metres which was a bit below his best on this occasion but secured him a 16th place finish overall and was the second Waterford boy home.
In the Primary athletics last week Abby finished a very credible 5th place in her long race.
It was great to see such a large crowd turn up for training down on Clonea beach last Sunday and hopefully all the new members are enjoying the running at the moment.
A speedy recovery to Orlaith and get well wishes to her after a nasty break in her arm over the weekend.
Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday in preparation for the Community games in the RSC on June 24th and the Munster Bs on Saturday July 21st.
|County finals of the primary schools |
|Well done to all KCK athletes who competed in the County finals of the primary schools running in the Friary on Thursday May 31st. |
First up were the Coolnasmear girls. Leah Queally U8’s ran a mighty race to finish in 2nd place in the 80m sprint.
Molly Byrne then followed this up in the U9 80m sprint and stormed down the track to also claim a silver medal.
Senan ran a great race to also claim a silver medal in his 80m sprint.
In the long distance U11 600m representing Newtown School, Rebecca Walsh claimed a silver medal and then Ciara Power also representing Newtown got a bronze medal in the Over 12s 800m race.
Club members who won medals in the various relays were as follows: Girls U8 Silver- Becky, Lily-Mai and Leah.
Girls U9- Bronze- Molly and Ciara. Boys U10 Silver- Ronan, Tadgh, Jake and Senan.
It is important that all new members fill out and return their membership form which will be available the next few nights at training. It’s great to see all the new children joining our club and all are very welcome.
A great crowd turned up at a sun drenched Kilrossanty GAA pitch to participate in the KCK area community games heats on Tuesday May 29th. Best of luck to all who qualified to represent their area in the Waterford finals which will take place in the RSC on Sunday June 24th.
|KCK COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS |
KCK headed to the RSC for day 2 of the county championships on Sunday May 27th with a team of 21 athletes. First up was the U9 hurdles where Liadain and Holly qualified for the final where they were not in the medals but jumped really well and finished in 7th and 8th respectively.
Next up were the U9 boys hurdles. Here Tadgh and Eamonn took to the starting line. Eamonn qualified out of his heat and jumped really well in the final. He didn't manage to finish in the top 3 but great experience gained for the two boys in their first county hurdles championships.
The U10 girls were up next. This was a straight final with no qualifying rounds. This was a 1-2 for KCK with Molly claiming gold and Niamh a silver.
Next up were the U11 boys with Senan, Ronan, Tadgh and Jake all qualifying out of their heats to have 4 in the final. Ronan claimed gold leading from the start, Senan took a brilliant bronze. Jake finished fourth and were it not for a stumble on the last hurdle could have finished on the podium and Tadgh finished 6th. Great performance to have four of our team in the top 6.
Next up were the girls U12 hurdles with Rebecca and Róisín both reaching the final. Rebecca jumped very well to claim bronze with Róisín just outside the medals in 5th. Aisling followed up in the U16 hurdles to also claim bronze.
The 200m races were up next. Liadain and Holly took to the field in the U9 final. Both ran well with Liadain finishing 5th and Holly in the top 10.
Then the U9 boys took to the field where Eamonn Byrnes ran and finished 9th overall.
Next up were the U10 girls where Niamh ran a very impressive race to claim gold and Molly ran very well to get on the podium in 3rd place, Abby was just outside of the medals in 4th place.
The U11 boys were up next. Senan led from start to finish in this competitive race to claim his 2nd medal of the day with Ronan just outside the medals in 4th place and Jake had a very credible 6th place finish.
Isobel ran a great race in the U11s to finish in 8th place. The U12 girls took to the field with Rebecca just outside the medals in 4th place and Róisín in 6th place.
The U14 girls were next where Rosanne and Ciara ran very well to finish 7th and 8th respectively.
In the U16 200m Aisling claimed a bronze medal. Next up were the 800m where Aisling again claimed bronze in the U16 race.
Ciara ran a great race in the U14 800m but was just outside the medals.
The javelin was up next with Rosanne claiming a silver medal in the U14. Rebecca took silver in the U13 javelin and Róisín a claimed bronze medal. Aisling claimed a silver medal in the U16 javelin.
Pauly had a great day claiming 2 bronze medals. One in the U14 shot putt and he had a super jump to claim bronze in the long jump. Rosanne claimed her second silver of the day with a great jump in the long jump.
The relays were last up. Molly, Abby, Liadain and Niamh took to the field in the U10 and claimed gold for KCK.
Next up were the U12 girls- Róisín, Isobel, Anna and Rebecca. All 4 girls ran a super race and claimed bronze medals in the most competitive relay of the day.
Next up the U11 boys- Senan, Ronan, Tadgh and Jake fresh from their 1st place finish in the U11 relay last week tried their lot in the U12 relay this week where they claimed gold again.
Next up the U14 girls of Rosanne, Rebecca, Aisling and Hanna ran a great race and were just outside the medals in 4th place. A total of 30 medals for KCK to follow up from their 18 medals on day 1. A great achievement by all.
Well done to Richie and his coaches for having everyone ready for the past two weeks. Thanks also to the parents for getting the lads down to the RSC the last two Sundays.
|Track and field county championships. |
16 of our athletes headed to a sunny RSC to compete in the county finals on Sunday May 13th. Senan Devine U11 qualified for the 60m sprint final by winning his heat and went on to take gold in the final with an impressive performance. Next up he took to the field in the 600m final. Coming 3rd with 100m to go he pressed the green button and powered down the back straight to take the gold impressively. He moved onto the long jump and with his 3rd jump of 3.3 m claimed the silver medal. Next up was the 4 x100m relay and with the help of his team , Ronan, Tadgh and Jake he took the baton on the last leg to win gold with his team. The last event up for Senan was the turbo javelin and with a throw of 13m he claimed silver which coincidentally was a 1,2,3 for KCK in this event.
Next up was Ronan O Hora also in the U11s. Ronan won his heat in the 60m sprint which qualified him for the final where he claimed a very impressive silver medal which was a 1,2 for KCK in this event. Next up for Ronan was the long jump and with a terrific jump of 3.44m the Kilgobnet boy claimed gold. This was also a 1,2 for KCK. Ronan headed down to the turbo javelin and with a massive throw of 13.2m he claimed his second gold of the day. Ronan claimed his third gold of the day in the 4x100m where he ran a great first leg to set his team up for the win.
Tadgh Flavin who is only with the club a few weeks ran a very impressive 60m sprint heat and also qualified for the final where he finished 5th overall. A brilliant performance. He went onto the 4x100m relay and again ran a great second leg to set his team up for county gold. Tadgh then went on to the turbo javelin which was a new event for him and threw 11.55m and claimed bronze giving KCK a 1,2,3 in this event.
Like Tadgh Jake Kearney is also only with us a few weeks and he ran a great 60m sprint heat and narrowly missed out on a place in the final. He lined up in the 4x100m relay where he had a powerful 3rd leg and gained more ground for his team and passed the baton in 1st place which allowed his team to take gold.
Eamonn Byrne and Conor Lawlor were competing in their first county championships and both ran very solidly in their races and gained a lot of experience. The 2 boys headed to the turbo javelin for their last event where Eamonn claimed a bronze medal and Conor finished 4th just outside the medals.
The u 9 girls were up next. Becky O Hora ran impressively in her 60m heat to qualify for the final where she finished just outside of the medals. She took to the field in the 300m race where she ran a super race and finished just outside the medals in 5th place.
Liadain ran well in her 60 m sprint heat and then took to the field in the 300m race and ran a terrific race to finish just outside of the medals in 4th place. Molly had a great 60 m sprint heat and in the final ran superbly to take a county silver medal. In the 500m she ran very well to finish 10th in a very strong field of runners.
Holly in her first county championships took part in the 60m, 300m and long jump and performed very well on the day.
Annie took part in her first county championships today and performed very well for a girl who has just started with us and the young Ballybrack girl has a bright future. She also took part in the U11 relay but no luck for them on this occasion.
Orlaith ran in the 500m U10 race and ran solidly throughout to finish 16th.
Niamh took to the field in the 500m and ran a very impressive race to claim a county silver. She also competed in the long jump and claimed a county bronze medal.
Isobel performed well in all her events today and had solid performances in her events.
Rebecca Walsh had a great day and ran a great 60m heat and then finished 2nd in the sprint final to claim a county silver medal. She then took to the field in the U12 600m where she claimed her second county silver medal of the day. She also finished 4th in the long jump and made her debut in the high jump where she finished 4th which was very impressive for her first attempt.
|KCK win 2 individual medals at All Ireland Cross Country in Galway . |
The club had 7 athletes travelling to Galway for the All ireland B’s last week and all seven performed brilliantly. As we arrived at the Clarinbridge venue we were met with snow, wind and bitterly cold weather. As the frost melted the underfoot conditions got extremely mucky and testing which made these races very energy sapping.
First up were Rebecca and Róisín and in a field of over one hundred the girls came in 9th and 10th place respectively and gained themselves an All Ireland medal.
This was a massive achievement from the girls who have trained very hard for this race since Christmas. Coincidentally enough our last training session last Tuesday took place with showers of snow so the girls were prepared for all weathers.
Next up were our under 11 boys who fresh from their long jump exploits in Nenagh the day before lined out in similar conditions This was the largest and most fiercely contested races of the day.
Senan led the Kilgobinet trio home in 31st place. Mighty result from Senan who was running out of his age. Ronan came in just behind in 38th place and again out of his age and Ronan showed a great bit of pace to pass 5 boys coming to the finish line. Darragh ran a superb race to finish in 65th place with 46 more boys behind him.
Next up as the conditions were worsening Ciara took to the field in the girls under 13 race. She ran a great race to finish 48th with forty girls coming in behind her.
Ciara can be very proud to have a top 50 all ireland finish under her belt.
Last but far from least Aisling the third member of her family competing on the day lined out in the girls under 15 which was a two and a half km race. The snow was really coming down and the skies darkened as this race got under way. Aisling was well up the crowded field when she got a bad fall which resulted in her unable to finish. This was hard luck on the young athlete who had trained extremely hard for this race. It’s only the start of the year and better things to come from Aisling
Richie our trainer deserves a mention as he gave up his winter break to come and have this gang of cross country and Munster indoor athletes in top form for these championships.
Every one will be taking a well deserved break from now until the the third week of March so enjoy the rest. Thanks again to the parents for clocking up the miles for training and going to Nenagh and Galway last weekend.
|Munster A U9-U12 indoor Championship.|
KCK had a team of 7 who headed to Nenagh last weekend.
First up were the U9 girls Becky and Liadain in the 300m race.
The two girls ran extremely well in their first indoor track race. They finished 18th and 19th respectively. More importantly the experience the two girls gained will stand to them for the coming year.
Next up was Peter who had a top 12 finish in the Munster cross country championships in Kerry in December - he threw his lot in with the 60m sprinters and finished 3rd in his heat but unfortunately his time wasn’t fast enough to get him to the final. Again great experience for the young Rathgormack boy.
Our star performer in Nenagh was Niamh who took to the track in the U10 500m. 2/3s of the way round Niamh took the lead only to be passed out by the cork athlete but Niamh then turned on the gas to retake the lead and comfortably win her heat. She finished 7th overall with her time just 1 and a half seconds off 3rd place. Well done to Niamh on her 7th place Munster A finish.
The Kilgobinet trio of Ronan, Senan and Darragh took to the pit for the long jump. Senan’s best jump of 3.22 was not good enough to put him in contention but still good jumping from him. Ronan was next up with a best jump of 3.48 which we hope will get him into the top 10 in a huge field of jumpers. Well done Ronan.
Darragh headed to pit 2 for the U12 long jump. Things didn’t go his way this time out with his best jump of 3.20, a full half meter off his personal best. He was obviously saving himself for the cross country in Galway the following day where he put in a brilliant performance.
Liadain and Niamh returned to Nenagh on Sunday where both jumped extremely well but didn’t make it to the podium. The Munster U13-19 are on in Nenagh on the 24th and 25th of February . Full timetable on the Munster Athletics website. Anyone interested please put it on the WhatsApp or contact John.
|KCK held its AGM on Saturday January 27th in the Kilrossanty GAA club. The meeting started with Richie our chairman giving his address, in which he thanked all his fellow officers for their help during the year. He was glad to see 3 new parents who completed coaching courses during the year and he hopes that we can get a few more parents trained up. |
He thanked the Kilrossanty GAA club for the use of their facilities. He acknowledged the fact that the standard of the athletes is increasing year on year and a portion of the athletes are competing at a high level. He also reiterated the club motto which is all about participation.
Our secretary John Behan gave his report detailing all of the events we went to during the year. He touched on our achievements on the field. He also thanked all of the parents for the time taken by them to bring their children to the various events around the country. We have updated our membership form which will be available from club officers when training resumes and will also be available to download from this website. John also emphasised the fact that any parent helping out in the club in any capacity must be a fully paid up member.
Family (excluding adults) €50
It was decided that any adult participating in the club must have Garda vetting done. This form will be available online soon. Details of Child welfare courses will be coming up shortly and it was also decided that children must be 7 years of age or older during 2018 to join the club. John also congratulated Jenny Ryan on becoming county secretary and wished her the best for the coming year and was happy to see someone from KCK holding such an important role .
Breda gave a detailed account of the finances of the club during the year. She especially thanked all of the parents who helped out with the bag pack in Supervalu last summer which proved very successful. She also commended Richie and his team for the very successful church gate collections last summer. One of the focuses for the coming year is to get new parents involved, get them trained up so we can share the workload and focus in on the different age groups. The club expresses gratitude to Breda Behan who is stepping down after many years of dedicated work for our club. (Officers Elected for the Coming Year)
|Munster Medals for KCK in Templemore |
|The Munster B Track and Field championships went ahead last weekend in Templemore, Tipperary. With athletes competing from all six counties, competition was challenging, especially in the younger age groups. A good cohort of KCK athletes made the trip and it turned out a very successful day for the club. |
Two Medals for Ronan
Ronan O’Hora enjoyed a particularly successful day as he claimed two medals in the boys U10 category. The turbo javelin competition was extremely exciting with less than 15cm separating gold and silver. Ronan’s best throw of 19.12m was good enough for victory on the day, with Ronan taking an excellent Munster gold medal. Ronan’s long jump competition produced an equally tight finish with just 10cm separating the top four athletes. Ronan’s longest jump of 3.48m put him in a very strong position and in the end Ronan scooped the silver medal.
Gold for Kyle
Kyle Walsh was another to have a most impressive day as he won two medals in the boy’s U15 category. Kyle took a comfortable win in the 800m final in a time of 2.30 to claim Munster gold. His second medal of the day came in the 100m final where he crossed the line in 3rd place in 14.27.
Niamh McGrath races to Silver
The club was well represented in the U9 age group and Niamh McGrath toed the line in the final of the 300m. Niamh got our quickly and rounded the bend with the leaders. Up the final straight Niamh battled with a Clare athlete right to the line which she crossed in 2nd place, with just three tenths of a second separating the first two. Niamh followed up her excellent medal with a top eight finish in the long jump competition, with her best jump 2.85m.
Abi Ryan showed a great turn of speed as she sailed through the heats in the girls U9 60m in 10.74. Orlaith Devine went in heat 2 and finished a strong 7th. Abi lined up in the final and equalled her time from her heat and finished a well placed 6th. Orlaith also went in the long jump competition, placing well with a best of 2.38m.
Darragh jumps to Silver
Darragh Devine put in a wonderful series of jumps in the boys U11 long jump final to scoop the silver medal on the day. His longest jump on the day was 3.40m which ensured him of his well earned medal. Darragh also competed well in his 60m heats, where he placed 6th and just missed out on a final place.
Also at U11 level for the girls were Rebecca Walshe and Roisin Power. Both girls competed in two events each and placed highly in their 600m final, with Rebecca crossing the line in 5th and Roisin close behind in a good 9th position. While in their long jumps the girls finished in 12th and 15th places with jumps of 3.01m and 2.82m respectively.
Shot Silver for Aisling
Aisling Power lined out for the girls U15 shot putt competition and after a very good sequence of throws secured an excellent silver medal, with her best throw of 4.50m.
Hannah McGrath secured a strong top 8 finish in the girls U12 long jump competition with a best jump of 3.15m which was good enough for 7th place overall. She followed this up with a solid run in her 600m in a time of 2.15.13. While at U13 level, Ciara Power jumped well in her long jump competition with her best of 3.44 securing her 9th position. She also gave a good account of herself in the 600m where she recorded a time of 2.11. Roseanne Power joined Ciara in the long jump competition and her best of 3.21m placed her 13th overall.
Super Bronze for Senan
The medals kept flowing in the U10 category as Senan Devine produced an excellently timed finish to claim silver in the 500m final. His time of 1.35.99 secured him 3rd place and a well deserved Munster medal. Senan followed this up with a 5th place finish in the long jump competition with a best jump of 3.32m.
Also in the U10 category was Isobel Lawlor who competed very well. In the final of her 60m sprint, Isobel placed an excellent 5th place in 10.51, less than half a second off a medal. While in her long jump competition, she recorded a best of 2.76m to finish in 13th.
Well done to everyone who competed and who made the journey to the Templemore venue.
|Very Successful Day for KCK Athletes at County Championships |
|The second and final round of the County Track and Field Championships went ahead on Sunday in the RSC and the club enjoyed a very successful day. Following on from the opening day on the previous weekend, the medal count was up once more and we had some first time county title winners. |
County Gold for Molly
Molly Byrne, competing in her first individual county championships had a most successful day. She opened her account as she swept to a convincing win in the girls U9 60m hurdles race where she showed some very strong speed. She followed this up with a silver medal in the U9 200m final as well as going on to win another relay medal with the girls U10 team.
Three medals for Niamh McGrath
The clubs girls U9 success continued as Niamh McGrath stormed to her first county track title as she gold in the U9 200m. Having missed her middle distance race last week, this made up for that. Niamh followed her team mate Molly home in the 60m hurdles to take the silver medal and make it a KCK 1-2. Niamh also took a medal on the relay team which came 3rd in the U10 category.
Another Title for Senan
Following on from his county title last weekend in the 60m, Senan made it a second gold in as many weeks when he took first place in the boys U10 200m final. Senan was also a member of the relay team that went on to take the honours in the U10 race.
Golds for Kyle and Helina
Kyle Walsh took county gold in the boys U15 200m, and added to this when he scooped silver in his 800m in the same age group after a great race. Helina Barry made a welcome return to the track as she convincingly took the 800m in the girls U15 after an impressive performance.
Young Cormac Power was one of the first of the club athletes in action and he took a well deserved bronze medal in his 60m hurdle race. Ronan O’Hora added to his medal collection from last week as he took second place in the boys U10 60m hurdles. At U11 level, Rebecca Walshe followed on from her fine medal last week to take bronze this week in the 60m hurdles also. Bill Quigley, competing in his very first County T&F championships showed great speed to take bronze in the boys U12 60m hurdles final. Finally at U15 level, Nadia Power made it two hurdle medals for the Power family as she took 3rd place in the girls U15 80m hurdles.
Nadia Power was the clubs sole representative in the walking races and she enjoyed success taking second place in the girls U15 2000m walk. Paudie Barry made a welcome return from injury taking a fine bronze medal in the U13 200m final. While Rathgormack’s Orlaith Kennedy scooped her first County T&F medal when she took bronze in the girls U15 200m, after a fine race.
Shane Power enjoyed a great day on the field events as he took home two medals. He began with a fine silver medal in the U13 shot putt competition with a good distance of 7.25m before taking third place in the U13 high jump competition with a clearance of 1.25m. His sister Nadia took her medal tally to three as she took 3rd place in the girls U15 long jump competition. She would also go on to take a medal with her relay team. At U13 level, Colm and Paudie Barry took home another medal each. Colm took a fine 3rd place in the long jump competition while Paudie took 3rd in the shot putt.
Ciara Power took a great silver medal in the U14 discuss competition while her team mate Kayleigh Cass was close behind as she took bronze in the same competition. Aisling Power put in a good series of throws to take bronze in the girls U15 javelin competition to round off a very good day in the field events for the club.
The club took home four sets of relay medals including a very impressive gold. First up were the U10 team and the girls all combined very well to take home the bronze medals. Our boys U10 all put in sterling performances to take the county honours and a gold medal each. At U14 level, the KCK girls took home the silver medals while their U16 counterparts placed 3rd in their 4 x 100m so all four girls took home a bronze medal.
Well done to all the athletes who competed for the club on the day and to all those who help officiate and steward the events.
|County Titles for Ronan and Senan |
The first round of the County Track and Field championships went ahead on Sunday in the RSC, Waterford. Athletes from across the county took part with large entries in the younger age groups. For KCK, we had a good turn out and won many medals across the events. The medal winners were as follows:
Double Gold for Ronan O’Hora
Ronan O’Hora enjoyed a great day in the U10 age group, taking home two county titles. He won the long jump before going on to register a fine win in the turbo javelin. In the same age group Senan Devine showed very impressive speed when he took the 60m title in a very competitive final field. Senan went on to take his second medal, when he crossed the line in 3rd place in the U10 500m.
Rebecca Walshe showed strong stamina as she stormed to third place in the girls U11 600m, as did Colm Barry in the U13 equivalent when he scooped the silver medal. Kyle Walsh took a fine second place in the U15 100m, showing a very fast pace.
In the other field events, Darragh Devine took home his first county medal, putting in a fine set of jumps to take 2nd place in the boys U11 long jump competition. Staying with the long jump, Niamh McGrath had a busy day and showed her versatility to take 3rd place in the girls U9. In the boys U13 javelin competition, Shane Power took a well deserved silver medal and in the same event Colm Barry came away with a bronze medal.
In the relay competitions, KCK took an excellent 2nd place in the girls U9 race, while in the boys U11 4x100m, they came away with the bronze medals.
Well done to all athletes who competed, not just the medal winners. We would once again like to thank all parents who travelled to the event and for their help on the day. Keep an eye on the club website www.kckac.ie for further news.
|Large Munster Medal Haul for KCK Athletes |
|The final Munster Championship of the year went ahead in Clarecastle GAA Grounds, as the Clare venue played host to the Munster B Cross Country Championships. The course was relatively flat, with dry cold weather greeting the record 900 juvenile entry that turned out. For KCK it was a very successful day. Despite been short some athletes due to their medal winning performances in the A event, the club turned out a very large entry. The host county Clare were very well represented across the board. |
Top 6 for Ronan
The under 9 contingent from KCK opened proceedings and top finisher home was Ronan O’Hora. Ronan got off well and worked his way through the field very impressively before crossing the line in an excellent 6th place. With the top 12 athletes taking home individual medals, this was the club's first of the day.
Club Silver for Boys U9
The boys u9 team all raced superbly to put KCK second in the inter-club competition. Ronan was followed home by Bamlak Fikadu who put in a terrific run to finish in 16th place. Barry Cunningham was next across the line, followed by the Rathgormack trio of Joe Kennedy, Peter Murray and Tim Quigley who all raced excellently in their first races for the club.
U9 Inter-County Bronze
While fellow Waterford clubs were scarce on the ground, the six boys from KCK managed to secure bronze for Waterford in the inter-county team section. The six boys were the only six Waterford finishers and came in behind strong Clare and Cork county squads. This meant that all six boys took home a Munster silver and bronze medal.
For the girls u9, it was a case of been so close as KCK took 4th place in the club section, just a few points behind Kenmare in 3rd. Anna Whelan led home the girl's in a wonderful 14th position. Isobel Lawler, Abi Ryan and Amelia Kiely completed the team with each of the girls putting in a super run.
Roisín Power takes Individual Medal
A depleted girl's u11 squad took to the line in a very large entry. Roisin Power, competing a year out of her age featured prominently from early stages. She powered through the second half of her race to come home a superb 9th and win her own individual medal. In the same race, Rebecca Murray put in one of her strongest races to date as she came through the field and finish very strongly in a field of over 90 finishers. The club were short a few regulars in this and the U9 age group due to sickness so we wish them a speedy recovery.
Darragh Devine and Bill Quigley took to the line in the boy's equivalent and both raced excellently in their very first race for the club. Over 100 starters took to the line in that race to make it the biggest field of the day.
Colm Barry Scoops Individual Medal
Colm Barry rounded off his finest season to date as he raced to an excellent 8th place finish in the boy's u13 race. Competing a year out of his age, Colm put himself in a good position and raced strongly to the line.
Silver Success for Boys U13
Donnacha Dunphy made a comeback to the racing scene and came home a well placed 21st. Paudie Barry continued his return with a very strong run in 26th, while Pauly Cunningham completed the KCK team running out of his age, finishing very strongly. KCK placed second in the inter club competition, which meant a medal for all four boys.
In the girl's equivalent, Ciara Power led home the KCK trio who took to the start line. Ciara raced very strongly to secure a top 30th finish. Newcomer Anna Quigley got her first taste of cross country racing and finished very strongly. Niamh Kennedy followed up her medal in the County B championships with another fine performance here also.
Shíona and Helina in First Five
The girls u15 race proved very successful for the club, with six athletes taking to the start line. Shíona Dunphy was first to cross the line out of the six with a superb 4th place finish, the highest of all the KCK athletes on the day. Shíona rana very smart race and moved up through the field to reel in athlete after athlete. Helina Barry continued her fine form to cross the line an excellent 5th. Hot on the heels of Shíona, Helina ran a very impressive race also, pacing herself to put in a very strong closing 500m.
Team Gold for Girls U15
With two athletes in the top five, KCK were going to be in the shake up for the team medals here. Tao Behan ran one of her best races as of late with a fine 18th place finish, taking two athletes on the final sprint for home. Aisling Power was another athlete to step up her performance today, as she was the crucial fourth scorer on the team. Aisling pushed for home very strongly crossing the line in a well placed 23rd. Orlaith Kennedy and Aoife Barry both followed across the line, showing great improvements in fitness to round off a very good race.
Waterford take Bronze in Inter-County
The KCK girls were joined by the only other Waterford finisher on the day, Sarah Stone from Tramore AC who herself ran an excellent race to finish 7th, to take third place in the inter-county team section. Waterford were just 2 points off the silver medals won by Clare. The first five KCK athletes across the line secured themselves a second medal here.
Medals for Seamus and Padraig
Seamus and Padraig Fitzgerald took to the line in a competitive boy's u15 race. Seamus put in a very fine personal display to take 9th position and a Munster individual medal. Padraig wasn't far behind and won himself his own Munster medal with an 11th place finish. Well done to both.
5th place for Roisin
Roisin Dunphy raced out of her age in the girl's u17 and put in a very impressive display to take 5th place overall. Racing in the leading group for most of the race, Roisin went with the breakaway leaders before racing strongly in the closing stages to secure a very high finish.
Girls U17 win Team Silver
With her excellent individual display Roisin led home the girl's u17 team who all delivered very good performances. Emily Keane and Rena Behan both raced very strongly to finish just outside the individual medals in 14th and 15th. Karen Murray and Hannah Mei Behan showed good fitness levels as they crossed the line to secure top 20 finishes and complete a very good team performance from the girls. KCK placed second in the inter-club team competition, behind Clare club Kilmurray.
Thank you to all the parents, families and supporters who made the trip to Clare. It was a great day for the club so a big well done to all the athletes.
Thank to Flahavans for generously sponsoring some tasty snacks for the athletes on the day. All the athletes were delighted to be filled with energy from their healthy flapjacks!!
|Munster Individual Medal for Senan Devine |
|The second round of the Munster Cross Country Championships took place on Limerick Racecourse last Sunday with entries for the event at a record breaking high. KCK had a good team competing, and came away with medals and great performances. |
Star performer for the club on the day was young Senan Devine in the boy's U9 race. In a massive field of athletes, Senan produced his finest display to date as he raced to a 7th place finish. Senan used the final hill to his advantage and overtook a number of athletes to put himself into a very good position, which he held to the finish line. The top 12 athletes secured medals and so Senan easily made it amongst them.
In the same race, KCK had three more athletes competing. Ronan O’Hora is getting better with every race and finished a very well placed 24th. Newcomer Bamlak Fikadu again produced another improved performance, finishing a well placed 35th. Barry Cunningham continued his good season and completed the club's team which finished 6th overall. Waterford finished 4th in the inter-county section here, just two points off 3rd place with all four KCK athletes in the top 6 Waterford finishers.
Anna Whelan was the club's sole competitor in the girl's equivalent race. In her first Munster Cross Country race, Anna performed admirably in what were very tough underfoot conditions, well done. Waterford took 3rd place in the inter-county competition here.
The club's u11 team lined up in the middle of a very large entry, with over 150 girls taking to the start line. Having taken an individual medal last time out in her age, Rebecca Walshe led the team home with another very impressive individual performance, finishing in 26th place. She was second Waterford finisher in the race. Roisin Power, Aine Fitzgerald and Hannah McGrath all put in very strong performances in the difficult conditions. Waterford took 4th place in the inter-county section with Rebecca and Roisin both scoring members.
Colm Barry went in the u13 boys race and had a fine outing. Competing out of his age, he was 5th home for Waterford, with the county finishing 4th in the inter-county section. At u15 level, Helina Barry and Aisling Power raced in the girl's race and Padraig Fitzgerald went in the boy's equivalent. All three athletes did well with Helina and Padraig both 8th place finishers for Waterford. The county finished 3rd in both races which means both Helina and Padraig have qualified for the All-Irelands.
It was a good day in general for Waterford athletes, with the county medalling in 8 out of the 12 juvenile races in the inter-county team section. Well done to all athletes who travelled up on the day.
|County Titles for Ronan and Padraignty Titles for Ronan and Padraig |
|The County B Cross Country Championships went ahead in beautiful sunny, fresh conditions in St. Augustine's College, Dungarvan last Sunday. KCK were well represented and came away with some excellent performances and many medals. |
Medals for Anna and Isobel
The opening race of the day witnessed a good turnout of athletes. With individual medals for the top 6 athletes, KCK opened proceedings very well as Anna Whelan led home the club's contingent in 4th place after a really good outing. She was followed by Isobel Lawler who nipped inside the medals with a super 6th place finish. Amelia Kiely and Ella Hayes both put in very strong races and finished 8th and 12th places respectively.
1-2 for KCK in Boys U9
KCK had 7 boys lining out in the boy's u9 race. Ronan O’Hora was a class apart as he raced to the county title in a large field of athletes. Ronan took to the front after the opening straight and never looked back from there. Racing behind him was newcomer Bamlak Sikadu who is showing great improvements since he joined the club. Bamlak finished very well taking second place and his first individual medal for the club. Barry Cunningham was unlucky finishing just out of the medals in 7th spot after a very good run. Robert Power secured a top ten finish and he was followed home by Joe Kennedy, Shay Kirwan and Seán Tobin, with all boys showing good fitness.
Aine Amongst the Medals
In the girls u11 race, Aine Fitzgerald led home the KCK contingent with a very strong 5th place finish as she competed out of her age. Rebecca Murray and Holly Hayes both competed out of their age also and finished well in 8th and 11th respectively.
Three Medals for Girls u13
Kaileigh Cass enjoyed a very impressive run as she raced to silver in the girls u13 race. Kaileigh was competing a year out of her age and is showing a very strong return to form over the last few weeks. Niamh Kennedy raced in her first race of the season and did very well to secure a medal finishing 5th place. Aoibhe Kirwan also opened her account in an impressive style, taking 6th and her first medal for the club, well done.
Colm Strikes Silver
The boys u13 race featured four KCK athletes. Colm Barry, racing a year out of his age, was very impressive as he took silver. Colm has shown marked improvements this season and this featured as one of his strongest races to date, well done. Making a welcome return to action was Paudie Barry who secured an individual medal also, nipping inside the top 6. Paulie Cunningham and Shane Power both showed improvements as they crossed the line closely behind after good runs.
Top Three for Shíona and Orlaith
The girls u15 race featured a small fielder athletes. For KCK Shíona Dunphy raced a very strong race to take second place. She was followed in by Orlaith Kennedy, racing in her first race of the season, taking third place and a good individual medal.
First and Second for Fitzgeralds
Another small field went in the boy's u15 race. Nevertheless it was a good workout for Padraig and Seamus Fitzgerald who crossed the line in 1st and 2nd place taking the top two medals on offer, well done. Thanks to all parents and supporters who helped out on Sunday.
|Munster Individual Medal for a Rebecca Walshe |
|The first round of the Munster Cross Country Championships went ahead on a very well laid out course in Carraig na Bhfear, Cork. KCK had a small but strong team present and came away with some precious Munster medals. The day opened with the girls u10 race and KCK had a full quartet racing. Rebecca Walshe ran a very impressive race as she led home the team in an excellent 8th place. With the top 12 athletes in each race awarded medals, Rebecca ensured a place on the medal table with a very decisive display. Next home for the club was Roisin Power in a very strong 14th position. Roisin ran a very strong race and was agonisingly just meters off her own individual medal. Aine Fitzgerald and Rebecca Murray both finished strongly to round of a very good team performance from the girls who finished 6th overall in the team section. Rebecca, Roisin and Aine were also the first three girls home for Waterford with the county finishing 5th in the inter-county section. |
Senan Devine Secures County Medal
In the boys u10 race, Senan Devine flew the flag for KCK as he toed the line in the 1000m race alongside 160 other athletes. Racing out of his age, Senan put in a mighty display to secure 19th place. This was a very impressive result from the young athlete, who will be in contention once more in the U9 race in a couple of weeks time. Senan was 5th home for the county, which took third place in the inter county competition meaning that Senan took home his own Munster medal.
In the girl’s race, the KCK trio of Ciara Power, Kaileigh Cass and Hannah McGrath took to the start line with over 150 other girls. Ciara Power led the girl's home in a strong 39th place, followed home by Kaileigh and Hannah, who both registered good results. Waterford finished 4th place in the inter county section here with both Ciara and Kaileigh both scoring members. In the boy's equivalent, Colm Barry was the club's sole representative and did very well. Colm was the second finisher for Waterford overall.
At u14 level, Helina Barry and Aisling Power went in the girl's race. Both girls battled to the line with a Helina home in a well placed 27th. She was second finisher for Waterford with the county finishing 4th place in the inter county battle. Aisling Power gave a good account of herself, finishing very strongly over the final stages.
County Medal for Kyle
Kyle Walsh was our last athlete in action and despite having missed the last few weeks of training put in a real battling display crossing the line in 30th place. He was the fourth finisher for the county which took the bronze medals in the inter county competition, with Kyle taking home one of these medals and qualifying himself for the All Ireland championships.
|County Medal Success for KCK Athletes |
|The second day of the county cross country championships went ahead last Sunday in beautiful conditions in St. Augustine’s College, Dungarvan. Once again, the club had a very successful day taking home many county medals in amongst some super performances from club athletes. |
Team Bronze for Girls U9
First up on the day was the girls's u9 race. With 750m to race the girls began swiftly and for KCK the team of all raced very well. They were led home by Niamh McGrath in 6th position, with Anna Whelan next to cross the line in 13th. Abi and Lucy Ryan both finished one behind the other in 17th and 18th, while Neasa Quinn, Amelia Kiely and Isobel Lawler rounded off a good team outing for our young team. The girls took third place in the team placings, securing the bronze medals for the club.
Senan Devine takes 3rd Place
In the boy's u9 race, Senan Devine led a strong KCK contingent. After a very good showing out of his age last weekend, Senan ensured he finished amongst the medals this time out as he finished an excellent third place and secure a bronze individual medal.
Super Silver for Boys U9
Following Senan’s individual medal, he was very well supported with Ronan O’Hora next home in 5th position after a very good showing. Crossing the line close behind Ronan was newcomer Bamlak Fikadu who was racing in his very first race for the club. Bamlak finished strongly and was joined across the line by Barry Cunningham and Sean Tobin.. As the points were tallied, it saw KCK end up in 2nd place in the team standings ensuring a county silver medal for all involved, well done.
Rebecca Walshe in the Medals Again
Following her impressive victory last weekend in the girls's u10 race, Rebecca Walshe moved up an age to pitt herself against the u11 girls. After a very good start, Rebecca mixed it with the leaders and eventually got herself involved in a real race for the medals down the closing straight with her own team mate Roisin Power. In the end she crossed the line in 3rd place to secure her second individual medal in as many weeks.
U11 Girls take Team Silver
KCK had a strong contingent in this race. Behind Rebecca finished the fast finishing Roisin Power who is coming back into great form as she crossed the line a close 4th place, just inches off the bronze. Hannah McGrath was unlucky to sustain a fall as she led the entire field in the early stages but nevertheless she kept going to secure a vital 13th place finish which helped the team’s standing in the race for team medals. Next home for the club was Aine Fitzgerald with a very strong run out of her age. Holly Hayes and Rebecca Murray both stepped up out of their age also to round off a very good team showing from the girls. With just a few points separating the teams in the battle for medals, KCK finished in 2nd place to take home the set of silver medals.
In the girls u13, the club had two good performances from Ciara Power and Kayleigh Cass, while in the boy's equivalent Pauly Cunningham was the club’s sole competitor as he raced very well.
Next came the girl’s u15 race, where Shíona Dunphy showed a good level of fitness to record 9th place and lead home her team mates Tao Behan and Aisling Power in 13th and 14th place. Fresh from his individual medal last weekend, Kyle Walsh led home the KCK trio in the boys u15 race. Kyle’s 6th place finish saw him come in just in front of his team mates Padraig and Seamus Fitzgerald who took 7th and 8th place respectively. Both the girls and boys team were short one more to fill a team of four and challenge for team medals.
The club’s girls u18 team did very well and were led home impressively by Roisin Dunphy . She was followed across the line by Hannah Mei Behan and Leisbeth O’Sullivan.
It rounded off what was a very successful County Championships for the club. Thank you to all coaches and parents who helped out on Sunday and to stewards from the various clubs who ensured a smooth running of the competition.
|County Titles for Niamh and Rebecca |
|The opening round of the County Cross Country championships kicked off in perfect fashion last Sunday as sunshine greeted everyone at the St. Augustine's venue. Athletes from right across the county lined out in what was a very attended championships, with numbers up on previous years. For KCK, it was a very pleasing day with the club having a great turnout of athletes who took home many a medal and great performance. |
County Honours for Niamh McGrath
One of the stars on the day for KCK was young Niamh McGrath in the girls under 8 race. In what was the very first race of the day, Niamh was joined on the line by a great contingent from the club. Niamh got off to a great start and at the halfway mark put herself in a perfect position to strike for home, which she did perfectly. In the end Niamh crossed the line a clear winner to take the county title.
Brilliant Bronze for Abi
In the same u8 race, the team mates all finished very strongly. Indeed Abi Ryan ran a super race to claim her own individual medal, as she crossed the line in 3rd place. In her very first county championships this was another excellent result.
Team Gold for Girls U8
In what was a perfect first race for the club, KCK took home the team gold medals with some excellent running from Ella Hayes, Lucy Ryan, Neasa Quinn, Aime Ryan and Annabelle Kiely. All girls put in fine performances in their first ever county championships and the future certainly looks bright for this young team.
Boys U8 take Team Honours
The medals continued to flow in the second race of the day as KCK sent out a team of four made up of Cormac, Eoin, Sean and Peter Murray. The boys all finished very well to secure the team gold medals. Like the girls, it was a great achievement and hopefully will continue into the future.
Individual Gold for Rebecca Walsh
In the girls U10 race, a large field of over 40 athletes took to the line with a good KCK contingent present. The field were quickly spread out as Rebecca Walsh took up a very good top 3 position at the half way point. From here to the finish, Rebecca pushed and pushed until she took over the lead and strung out those in her wake. A mighty final last few meters saw her cross the line a convincing winner and take her first county gold medal, a superb achievement and most well deserved.
Team Silver for Girls u10
Rebecca was followed home by a very strong club team. Excellent performances from Aine Fitzgerald, Rebecca Murray, Anna Whelan, Amelia Kiely, Aoibheann Ryan, Holly Hayes and Isabelle Lawler ensured the girls of a medal in the team standings. When points were calculated it showed KCK finishing in 2nd place in the team standings, with Waterford AC clinching the gold and Ferrybank the bronze. Well done to all.
In the boy’s equivalent, KCK had three fine performances from Senan Devine, Ronan O’Hora and Robert Power. All three boys were racing a year out of their age and crossed the line in 5th, 7th and 23rd place respectively and will no doubt hope to challenge for podium places this weekend in the U9 category.
Individual Medal for Hannah McGrath
The girls u12 race saw over 30 athletes take to the line. For KCK Hannah McGrath and Kayleigh Cass flew the flag and both put in great performances. Hannah, competing a year out of her age threw off the shackles and produced a real strong display to come home in 3rd place to secure a well deserved individual medal. Close behind, Kayleigh showed a great return to racing, coming home in 6th position to round off a strong race for both girls.
In the boys U12 race KCK had three representatives in the form of Colm Barry, Pauly Cunningham and Shane Power. Colm led the contingent home in a strong 9th place and was followed across the line by Shane and Pauly. The team was unfortunately short one to challenge for a team medal.
Helina Barry Secures Silver
Another athlete to step it up was Helina Barry in the girls u14 race. Helina showed impressive fitness as she pushed for medals from early stages in her race. Over the closing stages, Helina looked very strong and closed impressively to take second place and an excellent silver medal.
Kyle Walsh takes Individual Bonze
The boys u14 race had one KCK representative on the start line and he certainly represented the club well. Kyle Walsh ran one of his finest races to date as he claimed third place and his own individual medal. Putting in a really strong performance, Kyle was a most deserving medal winner. In the boys u16 race, Padraig and Seamus Fitzgerald both raced strongly finishing in 8th and 9th place. The boys were competing out of their age and will improve as the season goes on.
U18 Girls take Team Silver
The KCK team in the u18 ended the day on a positive note as they secured silver medals in the team event. The girls raced very well over the long 4000m distance. This race was run in conjunction with the Open Cross Country event for Junior and Senior athletes which also attracted a very large entry.
Well done to all athletes who took part and to all the parents who attended and helped out on the day. It was a great day for the club.
|Double Munster Gold for Ronan O’Hora |
The Munster B Track and Field Championships went ahead in excellent conditions in the RSC, Waterford on July 30th. Having the event on home turf meant a strong turn out from all Waterford clubs. For KCK, we had a very successful day taking home many medals and great performances.
Star of the show for the club was Ronan O’Hora who claimed two gold medals in the boys u9 category. In his opening event Ronan stormed to first place in his 60m final. Ronan got off to a great start and powered to the line, in a race which saw KCK take two of the top three positions. After a break, Ronan was back on the track in the 300m final. Ronan again positioned himself well in the opening 200m and turned on the burners down the home straight to take his second victory and Munster title of the day.
Munster Title for Kyle Walsh
Kyle Walsh produced one of his best performances to date for the club as he took gold in the boys U14 80m final. Kyle showed great speed and determination as he secured his medal in what was an extremely tight finish. Just one tenth of a second separated first from second and second from third. Kyle followed this up with an excellent run in his 800m where he finished in 4th place, just two tenths of a second off bronze.
Two Munster Medals for Peter Power
The boys U9 category was certainly a fruitful one for the club, as Peter Power also secured himself two medals. Joining Ronan on the podium for the boys U9 60m, Peter showed great speed when he crossed the line in 3rd place to win the bronze medal. This came after a great medal in the Turbo Javelin competition. Here Peter put together three very strong throws and in the end placed 3rd to take home the Munster bronze medal.
Aoife Barry Seals Silver
Aoife Barry claimed her first Munster medal when she took an excellent silver in the girl’s U14 shot putt competition. This was a very deserving medal for Aoife, who has an excellent attendance at club training.
Munster Bronze for Nadia
Nadia Power kept the medals coming when she put in three excellent throws in the girl’s U14 shot putt final. When all the results were complete, Nadia was placed 3rd to secure her first Munster medal.
The rest of the KCK contingent on the day put in some super performances. Hannah McGrath was less than 2cm off a medal as she placed a very strong 4th place in the girl’s U11 turbo javelin final. She was also in action in her 500m final where she finished very strongly to seal a top 12 finish.
Paudie Barry was another to claim a 4th place finish, just off a medal. In the boys U12 shot putt final Paudie’s throw of 7.30cm was just behind the bronze medal winning throw of 7.59cm. Paudie produced a strong run in the 600m final, where he placed 7th. In the same age group, Shane Power was only a place behind Paudie in the shot putt final with an excellent 5th place finish. He also secured a strong 9th place finish in the boys U12 80m final. Colm Barry joined the boys in this age group and he secured a top 10 finish in the 600m final following a good set of jumps in the long jump competition.
Rebecca Walsh was another back in competition mode, as she lined out in the girl’s U10 competition. Having just missed out on a place in her 60m final, Rebecca made amends in her 500m race, where after a very brisk start, came home a very well placed 5th. Holly Hayes opened her Munster T&F account with an excellent 4th place finish in the girls u10 turbo javelin with a good set of three throws. She followed this up with a fine 8th place in her 500m. Our girls u9 had a good day also, with both Abi and Aoife putting in strong displays in there sprints and 300m.
Roseanne Power produced two good displays in the girls u12 category. She finished the top half of the field in her long jump competition after some great jumping and followed that up with a good turn of speed in her 80m race. Helina Barry had a good workout when she came home a well placed 6th in the girls u14 800m. Helena went out strong and was well positioned coming into the closing 200m.
Well done to all the KCK athletes who competed and to the parents who travelled down on the day.
|Day 2 of the County T&F Championships. |
|Well done again to all athletes who took part in Day 2 of the County T&F Championships. In beautiful weather conditions, the KCK contingent enjoyed a great day of athletics taking home medals and putting in super performances along the way. Find the results here for Boys and Girls . |
Day 2 of the County T&F Championships. Boys Results!
Day 2 of the County T&F Championships. Girls Results!
|Success for KCK Athletes in Munster XC Relays |
|KCK athletes enjoyed great success at the Munster Cross Inter-Country Relay Championships held recently in Enniskeane, Co. Cork. While the weather proved extremely difficult for all competing, Waterford were represented in all six races. Competition in this event was of a very high standard with all six Munster counties competing. For the KCK athletes competing, it was a great occasion to represent the county having qualified from the county trials held back in November. |
For KCK Seamus and Padraig Fitzgerald led the way in the boy's U14 race. Alongside the two boys, the team of four was made up of Cormac O Mahony (West Waterford) and Callum Hurley (Ferrybank). Padraig led out the team and passed on the baton to Cormac with very little separating the top 3 teams. Seamus completed a very strong third leg and put Callum in a strong position going into the last 500m. Callum finished extremely strong to secure a first place finish ahead of Limerick in 2nd place. Each of the boys took home a Munster gold medal. Importantly this was the first title Waterford took at these championships in many years, so very well done to all.
Hannah McGrath, Róisín Power and Rebecca Walsh made up three out of the four positions on the girl's U9 team. All three competed excellently and carried Waterford home to a strong 5th place finish. For Roisín and Rebecca, both girls will be eligible again for this age group next year.
Paudie Barry was a member of the boy's U12 team and in what was one of the closest finishes of the day, the team crossed the line in 4th place, extremely close to the bronze medals. Paudie will be eligible for this age again next year.
Well done also to the boy's U10 team which secured the silver medals behind a strong Cork team. In the end Waterford took home one gold and one silver set of medals, which is very encouraging, especially considering, up until a year ago, the county did not send representation to this event. Thank you also to Michael Gregan, Richie Browne, Shane Scanlon, Paschal Halley and John Behan for all their work in helping to put together and coach the teams over the last few weeks.
Roisín Races Indoors
Roisin Walsh experienced her first taste of indoor athletics when she raced in the Munster U9 - U13 championships held last weekend in Nenagh, Co. Tipperary. Roisín stepped down to the shorter 60m distance and sailed through her heats in the morning session in a time of 10.71. In the semi final Roisín improved this time once more, running 10.51 but just missed out on a place in the final. With over 50 athletes competing in the event, Roisín's time ranked her inside the top 20 athletes, so well done Roisín.
|Medal presentation for KCK Athletes |
|A very successful end of year medal presentation went ahead in the Park Hotel last week, with a very good turnout of athletes and supporters. Richie Browne was on hand to present athletes with medals earned over the recent cross country season, with the athletes enjoying a nice swim in the pool beforehand. Congratulations to all the athletes involved, the medal haul was great to see! |
As the year draws to a close, the club would especially like to thank head coach Richie Browne and other committee members, notably Breda Keane, John Behan and Jim Barry for their exceptional hard work both in training and behind the scenes throughout the year. Also a special thank you to all other parents who helped out and travelled to the numerous events throughout the year. It has been a very enjoyable and successful year for the club.
The club would like to say a special thank you to Kilrossanty GAA club for their continued support with regard to the use of their grounds. Also a quick note of thanks to Rathgormack GAA club who allowed us access to their grounds over the last number of weeks.
With training now ceased, all our athletes are on a well deserved break. The club would like to wish all its athletes and supporters a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Keep an eye out in the notes for when training will re-commence in the New Year.
All Irelands in Dungarvan
The big fixture over a week ago in Dungarvan saw thousands converge on the Friary course with the All Ireland Juvenile Uneven Ages and Novice Cross Country Championships held there. A lot of preparatory work went into these championships and well done to all those involved in West Waterford AC and in the wider county who assisted in the preparation and running of the event. The feedback was very positive from athletes and all those present. For KCK, well done to Seamus Fitzgerald and Rena Behan who enjoyed a great day of racing
European Cross Country Medal
The European Cross Country Championships went ahead in Hyeres, France at the weekend with Ireland once again taking home a team medal. Fionnuala McCormack (Britton) was once again the leading star on the Irish team with a magnificent 4th place finish in the senior women’s race. While she expressed disappointment on just missing out on an indidivual medal, she was somewhat consoled by the fact the women’s team took the team bronze medal just behind France in second and Britain in first place. Fionnuala’s results have been so consistent over the last six years in these championships finishing 4th, 1st, 1st, 4th, 6th and once again 4th this year. Well done to Fionnuala and indeed all the Irish athletes who competed.
|Munster Gold for KCK Teams |
|The Munster Cross Country B Championships went ahead in very difficult conditions last Sunday, with Cappawhite, Tipperary playing host. For the club it proved a very successful outing, with all athletes giving it their all to secure some excellent Munster medals. |
Girls U9 Storm to Gold
In the every first race of the day, the girls U9 rushed themselves to the start line to begin proceedings. The KCK contingent all bunched very strongly, with Niamh McGrath leading home the quartet in a well placed 18th. She was followed closely by Áine Fitzgerald in 19th, Mida McKuskar in 22nd and Rebecca Murray in 29th. When the girls were well into their homeward journey, it was announced that KCK had taken 1st place in the club competition, 30 points ahead of their nearest challengers West Muskerry, meaning each of the girls will take home a Munster gold medal, an excellent achievement.
In the boys U9 equivalent, the club had two athletes on the start line. Barry Cunningham produced a wonderful display as he secured a very strong 26th place finish, with Robert Power following closely. In the inter-county section Waterford took the bronze medals here, and Barry was a scoring member of this team meaning he won himself a bronze medal.
Silver Success for Boys U11
In what was the largest field of the day, over 100 athletes took to the line in the boys U11 1000m race. Paudie Barry produced his strongest display of the season as he led the troops home in a very strong 17th position. He was backed up by Colm Barry, Adam Murray, Pauly Cunningham and Shane Power. Colm pushed strongly into the finish to take 31st place with Adam hot on his heels in 33rd. Pauly Cunningham produced his strongest run in a KCK singlet to date to take 35th place, with Shane showing a very strong finish making it a very good team effort. The inter-county battle placed Waterford 5th and so came to the club results. Bandon were clearly out in front with a total of 63 points. Next came KCK with 116 points, with both 3rd (Kenmare AC) and 4th (Thurles Crokes AC) place just one point back on 117 points each. If ever the phrase ever place counts was more appropriate it was here, and a big well done to all the 5 boys on taking a silver medal each.
In the girls U11 race, Ciara Power flew the flag for the club. With the top 12 athletes taking an individual medal each, Ciara ran an excellent race but ended up the unfortunate position of 13th. Ciara can be very happy with her performance, and was the first finisher home for Waterford.
County Medals for U13 Girls
In the girl’s U13 race, the KCK team finished in 4th place overall, just outside the medals. The team were led home by a very strong performance by Aisling Power in 13th place, following on from her sisters same placing in the U11 race. Ellen Boylan, stepped up an age and produced a fine run to take 22nd. She was followed in by Aoife Barry who is showing improvements every week in 28th place. Nadia Power and newcomer Orlaith Kennedy both followed Aoife home and were instrumental in completing the Waterford county team of 6 athletes. Waterford finished 3rd in the inter-county battle and all five of the KCK girls were scoring members on that team, which means each one will take home a bronze medal, well done.
Dunphy Sisters lead U15 Girls to Club Silver
One of the standout performances on the day for the club came in the way of Shíona Dunphy. Moving up an age, Shíona produced her finest display in a KCK vest as she stormed to 5th place overall and take home an excellent Munster individual medal. Following closely was her sister Róisín, who after sustaining a bad fall in the opening lap, picked herself back up and crossed the line a super 10th to claim her own individual medal. It was certainly a baptism of fire for some of our new athletes, and in this case Róisín Cahill, Orla Keane and Karen Murray certainly dug in deep and all produced very encouraging displays for athletes who have just taken up the sport! The girls secured super silver medals in the club section with 72 points, just 5 points ahead of 3rd placed St Mary’s on 77 points, and Kilmurray Ibricken on 86 points in 4th. Waterford took the bronze medals in the inter-county section also with all five girls scoring members so pocketing another medal each. Well done!
Girls U17 take Gold
As conditions underfoot worsened, the girls U17 faced into their 3000m race with great enthusiasm. Rena Behan crossed the line a well placed 8th place to secure an individual medal. Running a very strong race behind her was Emily Keane, with an 11th place finish which meant she too won an individual medal, an excellent achievement. Margaret Ann Boylan pushed as hard as she could to close on the 12th place athlete but in the end came home in 13th position, the third such position for a KCK athlete on the day! Hannah Mei Behan secured the team medals for the girls with a very strong 14th place finish. In the club section, KCK were worthy team gold winners with a total points score of 46. The girls each took home a Munster Gold medal, an excellent finish to the day for everyone.
A big shout out to all parents and supporters who travelled to the event in what were very testing weather and underfoot conditions for everyone. The large medal haul in the end made it all worthwhile and well done to everyone. We will present all the medals this coming weekend, details of which will be sent to everyone this week. More Photos Here.
|County Titles and Relay Trial Wins for KCK Athletes |
|KCK had a very successful outing on Sunday, as the County B XC Championships and relay trials went ahead in St. Augustine’s College. In the County B Championships, the club took three individual titles on the day and many more medals also. Medals in this event were for the first 6 athletes. |
Aine Fitzgerald Leads Medal Blitz
In the very first race of the day, Aine Fitzgerald produced a top notch performance when she crossed the line in first place to take her first county title for the club. KCK has a strong cohort of athletes in the U9 age group, and this was evident with Rebecca Murray producing her finest run to date for the club, coming home in 2nd place. Mida McCuskar, who has enjoyed a very good season to date gave another very strong performance to take 4th place and she was joined in the medals by Niamh McGrath, with her first race for the club in 5th place. Ellen Drohan and Holly Hayes both enjoyed excellent races and were just outside the medals. Well done to all the girls who will now go on to the Munster B Championships in two weeks with good medal prospects.
Medals for Barry and Robert
In the boy’s U9 race, Barry Cunningham and Robert Power both got amongst the medals, when each of them finished strongly to claim 5th and 6th place. Both these boys have shown strong improvements in the last few weeks and are well deserved of the medals.
Gold for Ciara Power
In the girl’s U11 race, Ciara Power showed a fine pair of heels, with a very strong finishing taking her home to 1st place and to a county title. With a strong field of athletes taking part, Ciara produced an outstanding performance and was joined in the medal ring by Kayleigh Cass who is starting to show a very good return to form, with a fine 4th place finish.
Four Medals for Boys U11
The boys U11 team is starting to show good form. Paudie Barry led home the KCK contingent with a very strong run crossing the line in 2nd place. Colm Barry secured his own individual medal with a very strong 4th place finish, while Adam Murray and Pauly Cunningham had a ding dong battle with other athletes to take a top six spot. In the end both boys managed a 5th and 6th place finish, thus ensuring they took home a medal each. Fine running here also from James Lenihan and Shane Power who put in strong showings. This team will now look forward to Sunday week and the Munster B Championships.
Ellen Boylan Strikes Gold
Ellen Boylan secured a thrilling win in the girl’s U13 race to mark her return to form. Ellen stayed among the leaders and her fast finish secured her the gold medal and county title. Indeed Ellen had a very busy day when she went in the relay trials later in the day.
Aisling Power ran her strongest race of the season to take an excellent second place in the same race. Having put herself in a great position coming into the home straight, Aisling gave it everything she had as she scooped the silver medal. Aoife Barry rounded off a great day for the girls U13 when she won her own individual medal. Showing improved fitness with every outing, Aoife finished strongly to claim 6th place.
Three medals for Girls U15
Our girls U15 had a good outing and preparation for the next competition, as all three of them scooped a medal each. Róisín Dunphy led the way with a fine second place finish, after a very strong performance up front. Newcomer Róisín Cahill is getting stronger every week, and her 4th place finish her secured what was her first medal with the club. Likewise Karen Murray is showing improved steps in her fitness and her 5th place finish rounded off a good day for the Murray family with all three taking home medals.
Three Wins for KCK in Relay Trials
The relay trials went ahead immediately after the County B races were completed, which allowed for very little turn around for those attempting to do both. The club enjoyed very good success in the trials taking 3 victories out of the 6 races.
Following her 13th placing in Beaufort at the recent Munster Championships, Róisín Power bounced back with a highly impressive performance to take the girls U10 race in fine style. Hannah McGrath was hot on her heels, taking 2nd place after a very encouraging run. Rebecca Walsh made it a club 1-2-3 as she took third place and sealed a place on the team. Good running in the boys U10 race from James Lenihan as he sealed a top 8 finish.
Following her great win in the U13 race only minutes before, Ellen Boylan turned in another great display as she crossed the line in first place in the girls U12 trial. In a big field of good athletes, Ellen worked her way through them and over the closing 50m made a decisive move to the front to take the win.
Paudie Barry followed up his great run earlier in the day to take a strong 5th place in the boys U12 trial. Donnacha Dunphy was close behind showing a good burst of speed to take 6th spot.
In the final race of the day, it proved a very tight affair. Twins, Padraig and Seamus Fitzgerald faced strong competition, but in the end Padraig held on for a super win. Seamus sealed his place on the team with an excellent 3rd place finish.
All teams will be finalised this week, with top 4 finishers guaranteed their place on the squad. The Munster equivalent of this event will go ahead on January 10th in Cork. Training sessions will be organised in December / January for all that make the squads. Well done to all KCK athletes on the day and thank you to the parents who attended.
|Munster Cross Country Championships 2nd Day |
|Rebecca Walsh Scoops Individual Munster Medal |
Torrential wind and rain greeted athletes at the second day of the Munster Cross Country Championships held in Beaufort, Kerry at the weekend. A small group of brave club athletes made the journey to the Kingdom County and turned in some terrific performances.
Leading the way was young Rebecca Walsh in the very first race of the day. Rebecca got off to a great start and put herself among the leaders from the off. As the closing line approached Rebecca pushed hard to the line to cross it in 9th position. With medals for the top 12 athletes in each race, Rebecca scooped her very first Munster medal, an excellent achievement. With the ecstasy came the agony, as behind Rebecca running a super race of her own was Róisín Power who had to endure the difficult finish of placing 13th. Róisín like Rebecca started the race brilliantly and was in the shake up for a medal as she raced down to the closing line. However, she was piped by two athletes as the finish line approached and just missed out on her own medal. Rebecca Murray produced a very strong performance and should go into this weekend’s County B Championships with good medal prospects. The girls didn’t have a fourth scorer to complete their team, which could have possibly challenged for team medals. The county finished 4th in the inter-county section with all three girls from KCK making it in the top 6 for Waterford.
In the girls U11 race, Kayleigh Cass, Ciara Power and Hannah McGrath all took to the start line. Over the course of the 1500m race, all girls battled strongly and came home strong finishers. Likewise in the boys U11, Paudie Barry, Colm Barry and Adam Murray all dug in deep to put in encouraging performances as Paudie led home the trio in 34th position, the third Waterford finisher. These boys will now target the County and Munster B Championships in the coming weeks where medals should come their way.
In the girl’s U13 2500m race, Helina Barry, Aisling Power and Aoife Barry all produced commendable performances in what were very tough conditions. Following her excellent race at the first day of these championships the conditions didn’t suit Helina, who was closely pursued by Aisling who enjoyed her strongest race of the season so far. Well done to all three girls.
Indeed, well done to all athletes and parents alike who travelled to this event. Cross Country can give us weather days like that, and those who travelled and competed should be commended.
Look back to Carriganore
The opening round of the Munster Cross Country Championships took place in Carriganore, Waterford a few weeks back. With close to 1500 athletes taking part, it was a very big event for the county and club athletes made good use of home advantage, taking home Munster medals and some fine performances. For the club, there was a number of standout performances. Hannah McGrath and Róisín Power both produced very impressive displays in the girl’s U10 race as they picked up medals when Waterford took 3rd place in the inter-county team section. Hannah was second home for the county team with Róisin 4th scorer. Helina Barry produced a super race in the girl’s U14 age group. Competing a year out of her age, Helina was 5th home for Waterford to secure her a bronze medal with Waterford once more finishing in 3rd place. Twins Padraig and Seamus Fitzgerald went one better when they both carried home a Munster silver medal following Waterford’s second place finish in the inter-county section, with Padraig and Seamus both scoring members here. Well done to all the club athletes who competed on the day, it was great having the fixture on home soil and we had a great turnout, so well done everyone.
County Championships Success for KCK Athletes
|Strong Medal Haul for KCK |
Day two of the County Cross Country Championships went ahead in ideal conditions in St. Augustine’s College, Dungarvan. This was the turn of the uneven age groups. KCK had a brilliant day taking home plenty of individual and team medals.
Rebecca Walsh takes Silver
In the first race of the day, nine KCK athletes toed the line in a field of over 30 athletes. Rebecca Walsh produced a super performance to scoop second place overall. After a good start, Rebecca worked her way into contention and in the end battled it out with her team mate to take an excellent silver medal.
Brilliant Bronze for Róisín
In the same race, Róisín Power produced her best run to date in a KCK singlet when she took 3rd place. In the large field of athletes, Róisín dug deep and over the closing stages, she put her foot down to cross the line in the bronze place position. This was just reward for Róisín who is a most diligent and hardworking athlete at training.
Team Silver for Girl’s U9
Further medals followed when it was announced that KCK took silver in the team category. After Rebecca and Róisín’s exploits, Áine Fitzgerald followed home in 9th place with a fine performance. Mida McKuskar raced her strongest race so far for the club coming home a very strong 12th place. With the first four counted on a team, the girls were strongly place and took home the silver medals, just 2 points off gold. Six teams completed the race, with the KCK second team finishing 5th of those. Rebecca Murray, Niamh McGrath, Ellen Drohan Holly Marie Hayes and Anna Whelan all enjoyed a fantastic outing, with little separating the girls in the finish.
Team Bronze for Boy’s U9
Not to be outdone by the girls, the under nine boys team ensured they were going to be in the mix for medals when the team of Barry Cunningham, Ronan O’Hora, Robert Power and Cormac Power all raced strongly over the 750m distance. The boys each took home a bronze medal each, well done.
In the girl’s U11 race, we had an excellent finish from our KCK trio of Hannah McGrath, Kayleigh Cass and Ciara Power. While the girls were missing one to fill their team, they all still delivered super performances coming home in very close proximity. After her superb run last week in the U10 race, Hannah McGrath followed this up with an equally strong performance today with a 6th place finish. Kayleigh and Ciara battled each other to the line crossing home in 8th and 9th place. It was unfortunate they didn’t have a 4th athlete as a team medal was well within their grasp.
Team Medals for Boys U11
Over 30 athletes took to the line in the boy’s U11 1500m race. In his opening race of the season Paudie Barry looked strong leading home the troops in a very good 7th position. Colm Barry was hot on his heels in 9th place to record a much improved run on last week. Pauly Cunningham produced his strongest run in a KCK singlet coming home in 12th place, a reflection on the great improvements he has shown in his fitness this year. James Lenihan ran a very important role securing 4th finisher in 22nd, which meant that KCK took home the team bronze medals. Robert Power once more had a fine outing to make up the KCK team.
Individual Bronze for Helina Barry
Helina Barry got back to her very best form when she took a very encouraging bronze medal in the girl’s U13 race. Over the course of the 2500m race, Helina timed her race perfectly, sitting in nicely before making a very decisive move in the closing stages, to move herself from 5th to 3rd. Little separated the first three girls with Helina closing in on the leaders right up to the line. Another athlete to up her performance was Aisling Power. After a solid opening, Aisling pushed her way through the field and came home a very well placed 6th overall. Aoife Barry is showing improved fitness with every outing, and came home in 12th place. Again the girls were short some athletes today and a team silver was achievable.
Róisín Dunphy and Orla Keane lined up in the girl’s U15 race. Racing over the 3500m distance, both girl’s finished strongly coming home in 15th and 19th place respectively. For Orla, this was her first race for the club in recent times and with continued training she will make strong gains in the months ahead.
Rena Behan and Hannah Mei Behan both went off in the girl's U17 4000m, competing a year out of their age. Rena is showing improvements in every race this year and her 6th place finish was very good. Hannah Mei is also improving her fitness every week and these girls will be joined in the coming weeks and will have a team for Munster events.
County Title for Michael Behan
Having just started college in UCD Michael Behan showed the training up there is paying off, when he came home to take the County novice title. In what was a ding dong battle with Louis O’Carroll from Ferrybank, these two athletes pulled away comprehensively from the masters and U19 athletes. With 2km to go, the Ferrybank athlete opened up a 30m gap which Michael did manage to close in that last lap. Shoulder to shoulder over the closing straight, Michael surged ahead to cross the line just in front to take the county gold.
Well done to all athletes who took part, in what was a very good outing for the club.
|County Championships Success for KCK Athletes |
|The opening round of the County Cross Country Championships went ahead in very good conditions last Sunday, with St. Augustine's College Dungarvan the host club. KCK athletes performed very well, taking home medals after some terrific performances. |
The girl's U10 were first up, with 8 girls taking to the line for KCK. In her first county championship for the club, Hannah McGrath produced a stormer of a run to finish in 4th place overall. She was followed closely by Róisín Power who herself put in a fine performance scooping a top ten finish. Rebecca Power and Áine Fitzgerald both pushed hard to the line to seal the bronze team medals for the club. Mida Mckuskar, Rebecca Murray were joined on the team and all the girls did very well. Most of this team will be eligible to race under 9 this Sunday.
In the boy's U10 race, Alan Cantwell was the sole representative for the club, and he produced a fine run to finish well up the field. Only two teams finished the boy's U10 race across all clubs which was disappointing for the county.
At U12 level, Ellen Boylan led home the KCK team with a fine run, crossing the line in 7th place. Working very strongly behind her were Kayleigh Cass, Ciara Power and Sarah Dowdall who all put in great runs. The team placed 4th overall, just a few points off a team medal. In the boy's equivalent, the club was short a few regulars but Brian Dowdall and Colm flew the flag for the club, with both boys finishing very strongly and record good results. At U14 level, Helina Barry produced a very encouraging run to lead home the team of Shíona Dunphy, Aisling Power, Tao Behan and Aoife Barry. The girl's team were unlucky to miss out on the bronze team medals by a couple of points, finishing 4th overall. Padraig and Seamus Fitzgerald produced solid performances, crossing the line in 5th and 6th positions respectively.
In the girl's U16 Rena Behan lead the team home with strong run in 7th place. Róisín Dunphy was next home, competing a year out of her age. Emily Keane produced a fine performance in her first race of the season, and was followed home by Hannah Mei Behan and Margaret Ann Boylan. The team did very well and will continue to take home team medals in the events ahead.
The last race of the day saw the U18, junior and seniors combined into one race, and a very good turnout was observed. Thank you to all the parents who travelled to the event and helped prepare the athletes on the day. Thank you to the host club,a nd especially Brother Lennon for his organisation of the course and for performing the starter on the day.