St Francis Credit Union Clare Community Games did extremely well in the Munster Regional Athletics Track Finals in John O’Sullivan Park, Ennis on Sunday 20th August. Over 100 Clare competitors put in a great effort for the opportunity to represent Clare and Munster in the National Finals in Carlow this Saturday 26th August. Each event had four competitors from five counties. The standard was extremely high. Forty-one participants from across the county were honoured with a place in the National Finals. The President of St Francis Union Clare Community Games Mrs Cecilia O’Sullivan was in attendance for the presentation of medals to some of the successful candidates. The County Chairman Graham Meakins also presented medals. Clare will also have twenty six participants in individual Field events and nine Relays teams who qualified directly from the County Athletics finals earlier in the summer.
In addition, the U14 Girls Gaelic Football team from Ballynacally-Lissycasey and the U11 Hurling team from Crusheen-Ballinruan-Tubber are also competing in the National Finals in Kilkenny on Sunday 27th August.
Please see National Community Games website for more info and to purchase tickets. Best of luck to all participants who are listed below.
There was fantastic success for the St Francis Credit Union Clare Community Games in the Community Games National Finals in Gormanston, Co Meath at the weekend, 27-28 May. Forty-four children from across the county participated. They participated in Cycling, Handball, Marathon, Badminton, U13 1200m Cross Country and Mixed Distance Relays. The Clare children came first in five events, second in two and fourth in one, bringing home a total of thirty medals. The Cross-Country team kept Clare’s long-standing record in this event having won it more times than any other county. We also got Individual gold with Aisling Kelly from Ennis St John’s leading the whole field of boys and girls home. The two Badminton teams from Ennis St John’s won gold as did Sophie Maher from Ballynacally/Lissycasey in the Marathon. Daithi O’Leary of Inagh/Kilnamona/Cloonanaha came second in the Marathon while Sean Mc Gee from Quin/Clooney won fourth place medal in the Handball competition. All the other competitors put in a great show but were unlucky not to be among the medal winners.
The events at Gormanston Park were attended by Thomas Byrne T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. There was a novelty race for the Ukranian family staying in Gormanston they received a specially designed Community Games medal. The weather was extremely warm but that did not prevent a very high standard from all the athletes.
Cross Country and Mixed Distance Relays
St Francis Credit Union Clare Community Games were represented by thirty-three children in the National Finals of the U13 1200m Cross Country and the Mixed Distance Cross Country Relays for U12 and U14 boys and girls on Saturday 8th October in Navan Adventure Centre, Navan, Co Meath. The weather conditions were fantastic. The U13 Cross Country team put in a fantastic display to maintain County Clare’s very good record and brought home the gold medals with Emma Haugh, Ballynacally/Lissycasey and Ryan Kelly, Newmarket-on-Fergus both finishing 2nd in their races and winning Individual Silver medals. In the Mixed Distance Relays the U12 Girls Also won Gold medals.Bronze medals were won by both the U14 boys and girls Relays.
St Francis Credit Union Clare Community Games was represented by ninety-three children from ten across the county at the National Community Games Finals in the beautiful facilities in U.L. on Sat 24th Sept. They participated in U14 Girls Gaelic Football, U13 Girls and U15 Boys Rounders, U12 Boys Soccer, Cycling, Marathon, and forty- three swimmers in individual and squads. The competition in all events was extremely high. They brought homme Gold in three events, Silver in four, Bronze in three, 4th medal in two. Several competitors were very unlucky to be very narrowly beaten to finish just outside the medals. Sammi O’Donoghue U10 Freestyle swam her personal best in her first National Final. Michael Cahill – Quin/Clooney U12 Cycling was narrowly beaten for fourth place in a very competitive event. Nicole Keane Inagh.Kilnaona came in a very close fifth place in the Marathon, Nicola ran most of the course on her own she was the county’s only marathon competitor.
Clodagh O’Hagan in the U12 Freestyle had a fantastic swim to finish well clear to secure her gold medal. Gold for Odhran O’Toole in the U10 Backstroke. The Ballynacally/Lissycasey U14 Girls Gaelic Football beat the Ulster champions Donaghmoyne, Monaghan in the semi final 2-13 to 3-1. In the final they were up against Clontarf, Dublin. It was a very close match all the way. The Clare girls showed their talent and skill to come out winners with a last-minute point to clinch the gold on 2-7 to 1-6.
Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry had two Rounders teams at the finals. The U13 girls met a very professional Erne Valley, Cavan but the Bridge girls were outclassed. The met Glynn/Barntown of Wexford in the playoff the Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry girls put in a good performance with came out with fourth place medals. The U15 boys put in a great display of skill to outclass the Ulster champions Clontibret, Monaghan in the semi final. They met Breaffy, Mayo in the final the teams were level going into the final inning but the Bridge boys were unfortune to lose out by just one run. Brilliant display from two teams who only started playing Rounders nine weeks ago.