24 January 2016

Munster Juvenile Indoor Relays 2016

On Sunday, 24 January 2016, St.Brendan's AC went on the bus to Nenagh for Munster Juveniles Indoor Relays. We had almost 20 athletes who travelled and we were able to compete in 4 boys relays (U9, U10, U11 & U16) and one girls relay (U11).
There were huge numbers of relays from all over Munster with some large clubs having 2 or 3 relays in each of the age categories.
Boys U9 (Brody Leen, Matt O'Sullivan, Eoin Malik, Pierce Lowth & Darragh O'Flaherty) came second in their heat and qualified for the final. In the final they narrowly missed on bronze medal, battling hard to the finish line against Leevale AC A team.

Boys U10 (Darragh O'Flaherty, Zach Walshe, Aaron Horgan, Eoin O'Flaherty & Pierce Lowth) came 3rd in their heat but their finish time was outside top 4 to qualify for the final. Great fighting spirit by the boys to the last few meters.

Boys U11 (Liam'og O'Connor, Tom O'Flaherty, Aaron Horgan, Eoin O'Flaherty & Zach Walshe) also finished in 3rd position in their heat but we need to acknowledge that 2 boys in this relay were recruited from U10 age category.

Boys U16 (Aaron Malik, Ali Gardezi, Darragh Courtney & Fergal O'Brien) lined up in the final of 4 x 200m against some power houses in Munster athletics - Dooneen AC from Limerick and Leevale AC from Cork. It was a great race to watch with our relay playing catch up from the start but came in 3rd position, winning bronze medal and qualifying for AAI National finals in March.

Girls U11 (Katelyn Leen, Ellie O'Connor, Lilly Nowak & Jeniffer Harty) had a very difficult task to qualify for the final as there were 17 other relays in this age category with some clubs having 3 teams. Nevertheless our girls finished 3rd in their heat but once again our time was not enough to guarantee a spot in the final but this day was all about experience and preparation for the rest of the season ahead.

It was great to see all the young athletes enjoying the big event like this and we are confident that this will pay a dividend in the months to come this year and in the future.
Thanks to all the coaches and parents for traveling to Tipperary and cheering and encouraging our runners. 

Gallery of pictures HERE.
Results for U9-U12 HERE and U13-U19 HERE.

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