Moyne AC Club Notes: National Championships, Munster 'B' Championships, and More

July 08, 2024

Juvenile National Championships - Day 1. Tullamore

The first day of the National championships took place on Sunday in Tullamore. Faye Murphy represented the club wonderfully, competing in the girls u13 javelin. Faye opened her competition brilliantly with a throw of 18.55m. After three throws, and an improvement to 20.12m, Faye was in eighth position and secured a place in the final eight, earning three more throws. Faye went on to throw 22.32m in the fifth round, improving on her earlier throws and also improving on her result from the Munster championships by over 2m! Congratulations Faye on representing the club at the National Championships. 

Munster ‘B’ Track and Field Championships

A number of our juvenile athletes competed this weekend in the Munster ‘B’ championships which took place in Templemore on Saturday. These athletes, who had already traveled to Castleisland for their Munster championships, represented the club excellently across a range of disciplines, contending with tough competition and very changeable weather!In the U9 age group, Harriet Ely was first to toe the line, taking part in both the 60m and the long jump. Her 60m was the first event of the day and Harriet ran in heat 3, finishing 5th in her heat in a time of 12.13s, running every step with a smile! Harriet went on to compete in the long jump later in the afternoon, where she finished 13th, with a best jump of 2.16m. 

We had three athletes representing the club in the u10 age group, Aoibheann Doyle and Grace Cantwell started their day with the 60m. Aoibheann was first up in heat 2, where she finished 6th with a time of 10.25s. Grace then ran in the third heat, where her time of 10.02 was the 7th fastest in the heats. When it came to the girls' turn at the long jump, they put in another excellent performance, Aoiibheann jumped three PB’s, finishing with a best jump of 3.39m, just short of the medals in fourth place. Grace finished 7th with a best jump of 3.08m, improving on her Munster performance by almost 30cm. Meanwhile, Tom Esmonde started his day with the long jump, which took place during one of the heaviest showers of the day. His best jump of the day came in the first round, where he jumped 3.36m, earning him a bronze medal! In the 60m, Tom stormed down the track to win his heat in 9.95s. He went on to finish 7th in the final, further improving his time to 9.89s.

Órlaith Costigan was first to represent the club in the u11 age group. Órlaith finished 4th in heat 4, dipping under 10s with a time of 9.93s. Later in the afternoon, Órlaith competed in the long jump, where her best jump of 3.08m placed her 6th, just 10cm outside the medals. Annie Ely ran a very smart race in the 600m, where she stayed with the chasing group over the first lap of the track, before injecting a burst of pace with 200m to go and moving into 2nd place rounding the bend, finishing with a strong home straight and a time of 2.04.46 to claim the silver medal. Annie went on to compete in the turbo javelin where her best throw of 11.31 came in the first round, placing her 5th overall. Darragh Joyce took to the track in the afternoon, and comfortably won heat 3, with a great time of 9.48s. He went on to finish 6th in the final in a time of 9.62s.

The boys u12 high jump was one of the first events of the day and it was certainly a great start for the club. Matthew Esmonde and Geoff Morrissey both jumped clear at their opening height. Geoff went on to clear 1.10m, claiming third place. Matthew jumped a new PB of 3.25m, finishing in second place, with the same height cleared as the winner of the competition. Both boys also competed in the shot put, where they were separated by only centimeters. Geoff threw 5.47m in his final throw to finish 6th, and Matthew threw 5.36m, finishing 8th.Saoirse Joyce lined out in heat 1 of the girls u13 80m, finishing third in a time of 12.01s. In the long jump, Saoirse was super consistent with just 8cm between her jumps. Her best jump came in the second round. At 3.60m, this placed her 8th overall. There were two heats in the girls u14 800m, with results decided on times. Abbie Delaney ran in heat 1, sticking with the pace throughout and moving up places as she rounded the final bend. SHe finished 7th in her heat with a time of 2.48.02. Helen Renehan started her day in the girls u14 80m where she ran in heat 1, finishing 5th in a time of 11.94s. In the afternoon, she went on to compete in the high jump, where she successfully cleared 7 heights, finishing the competition with a new PB of 1.39m, and a gold medal, 6cm clear of 2nd place.
Well done to all of the athletes who took part in this event, and congratulations on a great season. We look forward to seeing all of these athletes in action again in September when cross country begins.

National Track & Field League. Athlone

Kate Delaney made her debut on the Tipperary team that took part in the Preliminary Round of the National League in Athlone on Saturday last. Kate competed in the steeplechase and helped Tipperary to top the the leader board on 102pts. Kate will now be part of the Tipperary Team to contest the Final on Sunday 28th July in Tullamore.

39th Annual Coillte 10k Road Race

The 39th Annual Coillte 10k road race took place on Wednesday evening. The race consisted of a two lap circuit.

Moyne A.C. were represented by two of our senior men in this well attended race of 304 athletes. Patrick Bowe was the first Moyne A.C. man across the line in 80th position overall and 5th in the men over 50 age category with a great time of 40.29 to continue his great form on the roads this summer. Ollie Spillane was next home for Moyne A.C. with another fine performance on the roads finishing in 162nd position overall and 31st in the men over 40 age category with a time of 46.25. Well done lads. Congrats to Dundrum Athletic Club for organising and running the great event. We all look forward to the 40th edition next July.

Split the Bucket.

Congrats to Michael Kennedy who won €69 in this weeks split the bucket draw.

The ticket was drawn by Eileen Ryan .

Envelopes are available in the clubhouse, Quinlans pub and Tigh Maighne or join online today at

The draw takes place each Friday after training. We thank you for your kind support.

Featured Image: Kate Delaney making her debut on Tipperary team at National T&F League in The Steeplechase.

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