Final Day National Finals

Posted on Aug 23, 2021

Saturday 21st August marked the final day of All Ireland Juvenile Track & Field Athletics in Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

For the past two weekends Dooneen AC had record numbers competing at Nationals, and this weekend was no different with 13 athletes from our club mixing it with the best in Ireland. A remarkable achievement.

Girls u13 60m hurdles: Lily McMahon and Megan O’ Shea represented Dooneen in this event, and after very promising runs in the heats, hopes were high that we might take a medal or two! And the girls did not disappoint, in a very close-run final Megan and Lily gave a brilliant display of hurdling with Megan finishing 2nd and Lily in 3rd.

Girls u11 Turbo Javelin pair: Eilbhe Cuneen and Gyte Andrijauskaite competed at turbo javelin and had a series of fine throws in less-than-ideal conditions in the morning session, finishing 4th overall. There has been fantastic progress made by Eilbhe & Gyte this year, and bigger days are ahead!

Girls u9 300m pair: Katelyn Sweeney and Lucy O’ Donnell were competing in their first National Championships in 300m. Both these girls epitomise courage and spirit, and from the start they were prominent in their races unleashing great finishes to put themselves amongst the medals, 3rd place overall and bronze medals for Lucy & Katelyn

Boys u11 Turbo Javelin pair: Robert Purtill & Jake Barclay competed at turbo javelin. In a very high-quality event, the Dooneen boys were able to pull out a few big throws when needed, finishing 3rd overall with bronze medals for Robert & Jake

Boys u10 Turbo Javelin pair: Oisin Purtill & Iarla Kelleher also competed at turbo javelin. This event was a very evenly matched competition with many teams in contention going into the final throw. A few great throws from the boys put them in 4th place, very close to the medals and a result to be proud of.

Girls u13 80m: Destiny Lawal and Megan O’ Shea lined up for the 80m dash with both girls navigating their way through the heats to qualify for a high-quality final. A very slick start from Destiny in the final had her in command from the beginning and from there she sprinted away to become Girls u13 80m National Champion. After her exploits in the 60m hurdles, Megan’s energy levels were running low, but despite this, Megan also had an excellent race in the final, finishing 7th in a high calibre field.

Boys u9 60m pair: Andrew Bermingham and Somto Amidi represented Dooneen in the 60m dash, also being their first visit to the National Championships. Not be outdone by the u9 girls, both Andrew and Somto were able to create their own bit of magic. Andrew in the first heat produced a fantastic finish and Somto in the second heat had a very quick start. With times combined overall, the boys were placed 2nd in Ireland, claiming silver medals.

A fantastic finale to the Juvenile track and field season for Dooneen AC and is a testament to the hard work and commitment of our athletes, parents and coaches.