The County Finals of Community Games Gymnastics took place last weekend, hosted by Powerstown Lisronagh area in the fabulous facilities of Moyle Park Sports Complex.
There was a record number of 113 entries overall. The judges Michelle Sheehan, Christine Brunnick and Andrea O’Keeffe had a long and difficult task selecting the winners in some very closely contested championships.
Four competitors followed up their success of last year winning their second gold medal in a row - Kayleigh Flannery, from Clerihan, Karine Blair, New Inn, Siobhan Murchan and John Carroll both from Kilsheelan which also emerged the best overall area on the day with Sara Hogan winning bronze.
Dedication paid off also for Olga Lacey from Mullinahone who won silver medals for the past two years but won Gold in the under 16 event in an impressive fashion on this occasion. The winner of each event will now represent Tipperary at the HSE Community Games National Finals in Athlone on the weekend of August 12 to 14.
All winners going forward for the first time must forward copy of their birth certificate to their area secretary asap. Those who competed last year are already registered. Co-Ordinator Martin O’Keeffe would like to thank most sincerely all of the following:- the judges, Pat and Joan O’Connor, Anne Quinlan and all those associated with Moyle Rovers for their amazing amount of help, preparing the hall, transporting the mats, organising the shop, On Your Toes and Kool School for supplying competition mats, practice mats and vault and also for their dedication in preparing the children for the competition. Margaret Burke Hogan for assisting with PR Work also Bernard and Emma who looked after the admission, the electrician, who came to our help with amplification and anyone who helped in any way to make this event an outstanding success. There was disappointment for children from Killenaule area who could not compete officially as the area is not affiliated.
Complete results as follows:
Girls Under 8
1st, Anali Diggins, Kilsheelan; 2nd, Maeve Russell, Ss. Peter & Paul’s; 3rd, Heather Barrett, Clerihan.
Boys Under 8
1st, Dylan Fahey, Ss. Peter & Paul’s; 2nd, Dylan Murphy, St. Mary’s; 3rd, Riain Houlihan, Powerstown.
Girls Under 10
1st, Kayleigh Flannery, Clerihan; 2nd, Tamara Davis, St. Oliver’s; 3rd, Caoimhe Mulcahy, Powerstown.
Boys Under 10
1st, John Carroll, Kilsheelan; 2nd, Zak Callahan, Powerstown; 3rd, Adam O’Dwyer, Moycarkey.
Girls Under 12
1st, Karine Blair, New Inn; 2nd, Lucy Higgins, Powerstown; 3rd, Norma Kennedy, Cahir
Boys Under 12
1st, Samuel Mahony, St. Oliver’s.
Girls Under 14
1st, Siobhan Murchan, Kilsheelan; 2nd, Eilish Kennedy, Cahir; 3rd, Beth Fitzpatrick, Powerstown.
Boys Under 14
1st, Michael Bridges, St. Mary’s.
Girls Under 16
1st, Olga Lacey, Mullinahone; Lorna Ni Cheallaigh, St Oliver’s; 3rd Sara Hogan, Kilsheelan
County Finals of Swimming took place last Saturday and Sunday. Results will be published next week.
RIGHT: U-14 winners at the Community Games Gymnastics Finals - Eilish Kennedy, Cahir, Silver; Siobhan Murchan, Kilsheelan, Gold; and Beth Fitzpatrick, Powerstown, Bronze.
BELOW: The Butler sisters Ciara and Rachel represented Drangan-Cloneen area at the Community Games county gymnastics finals.