The Leinster Juvenile Relays were held last Saturday at Shoreline Sports Park, Greystones, we had 8 teams competing from the club from U9-14. The uneven age groups were on in the morning session, the U9 girls’ team of Ciara Coroner, Erin O’ Reilly, Cara O’ Sullivan and Caoimhe Fitzsimons made their Leinster debut and put in a terrific performance to place third is a closely fought race to win the first medals of the day for the club. Next up were the U11 girls team of Sophie Quinn, Laura Kelly, Aimee Doherty and Molly Keane, the girls finished 2nd in their heat and qualified for the final where they placed 4th, a great performance from the girls. The u13 boys’ team of Matthew Buckley, Tom Kilgannon, Brian Kiely and Kevin Conway were very unfortunate in their heat; the lads dropped the baton and were unable to recover in time to make the final. The lads were in great form coming in to this competition and would have been in the medals based on their training times, they will be back to fight another day. The u13 girls’ team of Emma Coroner, Kate Smith, Aoife Rutherford, Emma O’ Connell and Lili O’Connor were comfortable winners of their heat and ran a great final to place 3rd in another close finish.
The afternoon session brought our u10 boys and girls teams into action, this was also a Leinster debut for the u10 teams, both teams qualified from their heats for the final, the boys team of Christopher Dunne, Harry O’ Connor, Cian Crawford and Eoin Kane put in a great run in the final finishing 5th. The girl’s team of Niamh Murray, Ava Faye, Sophie Quinn and Laura Kelly were involved in one of the closest finishes of the day; the girls combined very well and were narrowly beaten into silver on the line by St. Josephs with a time difference of only 6 hundreds of a second. The U12 girls team of Emma O’ Connell. Lili O’ Connor, Aimee Doherty, Aoife Rutherford and Ella Healy were impressive in qualifying from their heat, the girls then went on to win their final in a time of 58.88s. The best performance of the day came from the girls u14 team who finished 2nd in a very competitive field, the girls team of Aine Cooney, Ivie Okome, Lara Power and Emma Coroner were only running together as a team for the second time but had faultless change overs and were not far behind the winning team and All Ireland Champions St. Laurence O’ Tooles. The girls time on the day 54.24s was also a new club seniors women’s record.
Thanks to everyone who made the trip to Greystones and best of luck to our teams who have qualified for the All Irelands in June & July.