Sunday, December 11 will always be a special day in the life of Sean Tobin when he will wear the green singlet of Ireland at the European Junior Cross Country Championships in Valenje, Slovenia. He will do his club, town, county and country proud on that day. This is a fantastic achievement by Sean who is a brilliant ambassador for the sport and for the club.
A newspaper report from October 11, 2004 when he competed in the County Cross Country Uneven Age groups in Ballynonty at under 11, said - “In the Boys Under 11 race Sean Tobin put in a great performance to win silver with a brilliant effort over the closing stages”. On that day he helped the Club team to win the Gold medals and the rest of that team were James Murphy 4th, Aaron Arrigan 5th, Michael Carey 6th, Conor Arrigan 20th, Evan Lynch 24th and Reece Maher 26th. It is great to see that the majority of that team are still enjoying the sport and competing well today.
Club Chairman, Albert Doyle said that it was a fantastic achievement and he like everyone else in the Club were delighted for Sean and that it couldn’t happen to a nicer person. He becomes the first Club athletes to compete in these prestigious Championships.
Colm McCarthy wins
Gold in Moyne
The County B Cross Country Championships took place in very demanding conditions last Sunday in Moyne. In the Girls under 10 Siobhain Whelan was 5th and in the process won her first individual medal for the Club. Lauren Hurley was 11th and she is bound to improve. In the Boys under 10 race Jack Darcy was 5th to win his first Individual medal. Thomas Casey was 15th.
In the Boys Under 12 race Colm McCarthy ran a great race taking up the pace early in the race and then producing a strong finish to win the Gold medal convincingly. This was a great performance by Colm who has shown great progress this year to win his first Individual Cross Country title. Shane Fitzgibbon was 10th place to win his first individual medal. Mark Casey was 24th and along with Colm and Shane were beaten on countback for the Bronze medals.
Juvenile Club needs
At the AGM one of the main talking points was the increased Juvenile membership in the last couple of months and the need to recruit more people to help with coaching the juveniles, especially at events like High Jump, Long Jump and Hurdles as we have a fabulous facility catering for these events and we need people, maybe ex members, who would like to get involved in the sport again. The Club trains at the Dr Pat O’Callaghan Sports Complex every Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6.15pm to 7.30pm. For further details please contact Anthony Moynihan at 08709824557.
County Novice B
Moyne hosted the County Novice B Cross Country Championships last Sunday in demanding conditions. The Club had two athletes competing in the Men’s race and both ran well with Gerard O Loughlin showing a good return to form when finishing a very close 5th while Liam Casey also ran well when finishing 15th.
National Novice Cross Country Championship
The Club has entered a team for the Men’s 4 Mile event this Sunday in the Curragh and it is great to see the Club competing at this level again. The team is Kevin Maunsell, William Maunsell, Derek Nolan, Niall O Ceallaigh, Colm Nolan, Liam Casey and Mark Ryan.
St Stephen’s Day 4
Mile Road Race
Preparations are well advanced for this year’s race which once again takes place on St Stephen’s Day at 12 noon. This race over a good course caters for all levels of abilities and all ages. The race headquarters is the Clonmel Vocational School, The Mall and entries will be taken from 10 am.
The race will start at the Loreto Convent at 12 noon and proceed down to Ferryhouse and back to Barlo Motors via the Waterford Road. The entry fee is €10.