Huge crowds and balmy weather were the order of the day for the Dublin Relays this week.
First up on Wednesday were the Girls U12, Boys U12 and Girls U14 teams.
The Girls U12 Team A (Sophie, Sarah, Ava, Ella) won their heat and progressed to the final while Team B (Sophie, Emma, Nikita, Liliya) had a great run to finish 6th in their heat. In the final, Team A ran faster again to claim the bronze medal and now progress to the All-Irelands in July.
The Boys U12 (Ozie, Charlie, Arthur, Akim) were 4th in their heat, narrowly missing out by only 0.50 seconds of making the final. The Girls U14 (Kate, Meabh, Isabelle, Marianne) finished 6th in their heat.
Friday saw the Boys U13 and Girls U13 teams. The Girls U13 (Anabel, Sophie, Aoife, Isabella) were first out and finished 6th in their heat. The Boys U13 had two teams, Team 1 (Ben, Jaden, Dylan, Keane) and Team 2 (Noah, Oscar, Ozie, Arthur). Team 1 came 3rd in their heat and qualified for the final while Team 2 finished 4th in their heat and narrowly missed the final. Team 1 were 7th in the final, great progress from the indoor season where they didn’t make the final.
Days 3 and 4 of the Dublin championships were held in a sunny but very windy Morton Stadium at the weekend.
It was very encouraging to see so many athletes put the hard training work they have done over the winter and spring months into play in a competitive environment, especially across a broad range of events.
A great example of that was Keane in the B13 80m. In the indoor championships in February he didn’t make the Final but after a very consistent block of training over the past few months, he was rewarded for his hard work with not only a place in the final but also a brilliant Bronze medal. He was also 5th in the Shot Putt.
Marianne continued her great summer of jumping performances, this time taking in Bronze in the G14 Long Jump to go with her High Jump silver from two weeks ago. She also was 7th in the Final of the 200m.
Kevin has only recently taken up Triple Jump but he claimed a super Bronze medal in the B15, improving in each round and was pushing for a silver right up to the last jump.
Kevin, Marianne and Keane now progress to the All-Irelands in July.
Lots of finalists also with three of the B13 making the hurdles final with Ben, Oscar and Jaden. Ben also got a 7th in the Long Jump final. It was two finalists in the G12 Long Jump with Sarah and Ella and Sarah and Ella both had 5th place finishes in the Turbo and 60m respectively.
Some very close calls for finals too from Isabelle (G14 75m Hurdles) and Arthur (B12 60m) and lots of other athletes acquitted themselves very well in a very competitive environment.
Days 3 & 4 of the Dublin Championships are in Santry tomorrow and Sunday for 2011 and older.
Entered athletes are all listed here with the day of the event (either Saturday or Sunday) and estimated start time. Please arrive 60mins before event start time.
We are also looking for any parents who are available to be an official. This will involve helping out in measuring a long jump or high jump etc. The more we can get, the less time each parent would have to do as we could rotate officials. It can be an interesting experience to be in the arena close up to the heat of the battle! Each club is obliged to provide a number of officials (as it can take 30-40 officials to run a meet) and we are keen to have the coaches supporting and coaching the athletes on the day as opposed to officiating.
If an athlete can’t make it, please let the Age Group coach know.
After a very exciting and enjoyable weekend of competition, its back to training this week. Full report on Days 1 & 2 of the Dublin Championships is here. In addition there is a brief report on more schools competitions and also the Dublin Leagues, on this link here.
General Training – Fr Collins
18:30 – 19:30 All Ages
Little Athletics finish at 19:15
No group training but older athletes will be given a session to do by themselves (if they wish).
Athletes Competing In DublinChampionships(June 11th-12th)
Entries for the June 11th-12th competition close this week. This link here has the latest confirmed list of entries. If any of these are incorrect please contact the Age Group coach by Wednesday this week.
Wednesday of next week 8th June, will see a Competition Preparation session in the National Indoor Arena (19:00-20:30) for U12 & older athletes competing in Long Jump, Hurdles & Sprints at the Dublin Championships. On this night there will be no training in Fr Collins for U12 & older.
Congratulations to Coach Cliodhna who completed her Level 1 Coaching Certificate last weekend. This is the 3rd highest level of Coaching Certification in Ireland.
The past weekend saw Days 1 and 2 of the Dublin Championships in Tallaght. First up on Saturday were u9-u11 athletes in their Pairs and Relays championships.
Turbo Powered Boys
A briliant performance by the U10 Turbo Javelin pair of Daniel and Joe saw them take a brilliant gold medal.
Long Jumpers To The Fore
The U9 pair of Emre and Quinn claimed a super silver in the Long Jump while the three pairs in the U10 filled 3rd, 4th and 5th positions with Orlaith and Monika eventually claiming the Bronze.
Mya and Zara got the bronze medal in the U10 60m
Great excitement at the end of the day with the 4 x 100m across all ages. The Girls u10 had two teams and both team qualified for the final, a brilliant achievement for the 8 girls. In the Final the team of Lucy, Orlaith, Zara and Niamh claimed a dramatic Gold while the team of Mya, Amelia, Sara and Monika were a brilliant 5th.
The Boys u11 also had two teams with the team of Oran, Jacques, Max and Evan making the final and finished a super 6th. The team of Wiktor, Lenny, Sebastien and Joe narrowly missed the qualification for the final while the Boys u10 team of Daniel, Joe, Ruben and Charlie had a superb 7th in their final.
Well done all.
Day 2 was the u12 to u17 athletes.
Aaron and Zac set the tone for what was to be a great day by claiming Silver and Bronze in the u15 Shot Putt.
More throwing medals came in the u12 Shot Putt with Akim winning silver in a very exciting competition that came down to the final 6th round before the medals were settled. Sophie, in her championship debut, made the final (Top 8) of the u12 Shot Putt from a field of 22 athletes. Zac and Sophia both finished with Top 8 placings in their Javelin competitions.
The 600m and 800m races are always tough with heats and finals on the same day. The work being put in at training by the Middle Distance crew is starting to pay dividends. Keane ran a very composed race in the U13 600m, qualifying for the final and then finishing 8th in the Final. Ella and Sarah controlled their heat to qualify and then in a very competitive final ran smart to be in contention with 100m to go. In a burst for the line, Ella came wide to claim silver while Sarah was just off the leaders in 6th.
Jack made his club debut with a very impressive bronze in the U17 300m hurdles while Kevin was 5th in the u15 250m hurdles. Kevin also claimed a Top 8 spot in the Long Jump.
The hard work being put in by the Friday High Jump Crew was evidenced with super jumping by Anabel, Liliya and Marianne.
Anabel was =5th in the u13 while Liliya was 4th in the u12 (qualifiying her for the All-Irelands).
The day was ended with a gripping u14 high jump with multiple Dublin medalists and All-Ireland medalists competing. Marianne had a day of days in the evening sun, jumping a big 8cm PB and grabbing a silver medal.
All medalists (and 4th placers in U12-U17 events) now qualify for the All-Irelands to be held in Tullamore in July.
Very busy week with Dublin Championships on Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday see the u9 / u10 / u11 championships in Tallaght. Competing athletes are listed here. Timetable is available here. If you have any questions please contact the Age Group Coaches. Particularly if an athlete can’t make it please let us know as it is Team based and we may need to juggle pairs so attending athletes can still compete.
Sunday sees Day 1 of the u12 to u17 championships in Tallaght. Competing athletes are listed here. Timetable is available here . If you have any questions contact the Age Group Coaches.
General Training – Fr Collins
18:30 – 19:30 All Ages (except 2014)
Little Athletics finish at 19:15
Event Training – Morton Stadium
18:30 – 19:30 2011 & older
Hurdles, Long Jump, High Jump and Javelin.
As this is the last Friday session before the Dublin Championships, in order to assist the athletes competing in these events at the Dublin Championships, this training will be for athletes entered to compete in these events. Athletes entered are encouraged to attend to finalise their preparation for the Championships.