Siobhan Kelleher (Killeeneen NS) presenting Caoimhe Allen
captain of the winning Craughwell NS team with the Christy Kennedy Shield 2014
On one of the hottest days of the year last Wednesday, Craughwell NS won a superb Christy Kennedy Sports in the most widely contested program in the history of the event. Nine teams from seven schools took part with Ballyglass NS making a welcome return to the event after a few years absence and Scoil Mhuire Clarinbridge making a great debut in the event. Craughwell NS emerged victors with Clarinbridge in 2nd place and last year’s champions Killeeneen NS in 3rd place and 2012 champions Ballymana NS taking 4th place. Carrabane took 5th place just narrowly behind with Killeeneen B next in 6th, Ballyglass and Craughwell B tying for 7th and Coldwood 9th. Read on for full results.
The event is split into 3 sections with 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th and 5th/6th competing in separate sections and combining for an overall score for each team. With plenty of help from coaches and athletes from Craughwell AC and parents and teachers from the participating schools, the event kicked off at 10.30am and finished just before 2pm. There were some fantastic performances across the range of events. Craughwell led the way by a clear margin in the 1st and 2nd class age groups but things were much tighter in the older ages with Craughwell narrowly ahead of Killeeneen in 3rd/4th class and Clarinbridge emerging as the strongest team in 5th/6th class.
The standard of competition was exceptionally high, especially in the long jumps with some huge jumps across all of the age groups. If you are reading this and wondering whether or not your child should try out athletics, many of the athletes who took part went on to win medals in the National track and field championships at the weekend – an indication of the standard locally.
The level of talent in local schools is unbelievable and it’s certainly the case that with a small bit of encouragement many of these children have the potential to become seriously competitive athletes as they go through their teenage years and enter young adulthood. It’s not all about winning of course – an individual sport like athletics is a very good companion sport to compliment a team sport and is something that you can do anywhere no matter where you move to. It’s a great way to stay involved in sport for life.
For any parent whose children are not already involved and you are considering getting them involved in athletics, feel free to phone Michael Tobin at 087 6591879 for information on training times. Some age groups will be finishing up shortly for the summer while others train through alot of the summer when still in competition. But all will be back in full swing in early September.
Anyway, I’m sure you’d like to see the full results. The summary table is as follows:-
|Place||Team||1st/2nd Class||3rd/4th Class||5th/6th Class||Total|
And to see full details, click on the attached results.