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FANTASTIC WEEKEND FOR WEST MUSKERRY A.C.

Posted: 17/03/2017 - What a weekend West Muskerry A.C. have had from Munster Star Awards to winning All Ireland medals. On Friday Night Stephanie Cotter was awarded an Aspiring Young Athlete bursary from Cork County Board for her achievements in 2016. On Saturday night Stephanie then travelled to Clonmel where she was awarded a Munster Star Award for Cross Country 2016 again an outstanding but well deserved achievement. Stephanie has put a lot of time and effort in to her training as well as studying for her Leaving Certificate. She is an inspiration to the younger members of West Muskerry A.C.

On Sunday the club travelled to the All Ireland Masters and All Ireland Juvenile B Championships in Waterford. It was a freezing cold day but all the athletes were up for the competition having put in months of hard training

In the Masters Michael Cotter had a fantastic race. While he did feel the pressure in the 2nd lap he recovered again and fought hard in the last lap of the 7000m tough course and was well deserving of the Bronze medal with the Cork team for his age category. He was the first home from Cork in his age Category and finished in 13th place over all in his age category.

In the Boys U 15 2500m Connor O` Neill had a fantastic run. Connor went out with the lead group and finished strongly and was well deserving of his 3rd place individual medal. Connor also captained the Cork team to the gold medals.

In the Boys U 13 1500m Breandán O` Sullivan had a stormer of a race. He battled hard in the early stages of the race and was very strong on the big hill before the finish. He was running up an age as were most of his team mates and he was well deserving of the 11th place individual medal. He also won the Gold medal with the Cork Team. His team mates also ran superb and were in the team competition it results were very close with West Muskerry boys finishing a superb 6th. The team were Breandán O` Sullivan, James O` Neill, Darren Moynihan, Macdara O` Conaola, Daniel Murphy, Paul Downey and Rowan Mullane.

In the boys U 17 3000m Sean O` Sullivan had a very tough race but a very exciting race with 12 individual medals up for grabs. On the final lap, there were a group of 6 lads fighting for the 11th and 12th place medal. On the final 500m a group of 3 broke away and the battle was on coming up the home straight with Sean clenching the 12th place medal on the line. Sean also helped Cork with the silver medals.

In the Girls U 11 1000m all 10 of the West Muskerry girls ran superb. Again, most were running up an age and competing in their first All-Ireland. Katie O`Neill ran a fantastic race and was very unlucky to finish just outside the individual medals in 13th place but her smile re appeared again when she helped Cork secure the gold medals. In the club team competition, there was more heartache for the girls as they just missed out on the bronze medals by 10 points coming 4th. All these girls are rising stars and you will definitely see their names in the future. They were Katie O` Neill, Lucia Duarte, Aisling O` Sullivan, Eve Murphy, Emer O` Sullivan, Kate Downey, Saorlaith Murphy, Emily Cronin, Grace Kelleher and Roisin Carroll.

In the Girls U 17 3000m Ciara Hurley has been making steady progress in her come back to Cross Country and again ran a fantastic race. She was over the moon with excitement when she heard she helped the Cork team to the Silver medals. This as Ciara’s first All-Ireland medal.

In the Girls U 131500m again all 6 girls ran superb and were not far off the medals. They improved on their Munster performance and they finished in 9th place in the team competition. They were Lisa Kingston, Rachel Kelleher, Danielle O`Neill, Aoife Downey, Brigin Kelleher and Grace Kirwan. Another team to watch out for in the future.

In the girls, U 15 2500m Sarah O` Neill ran a good race. She gave it her best shot on the day but the nerves did get to her a little but she will have gained great confidence from this race and she knows there is more to give so watch out for this name in the future.

In the boys, U 11 1000m again all 5 boys ran superb. The nerves did get to them a little but they are very young and this is something that can be worked on over the next few years. It was the first All-Ireland for some and all the club are very proud of the way they ran. They finished in 7th place in the team competition. The team were Evan Cunningham, Jamie Hourihan, James Lucey, Sean Lucey and Dylan Fallon.

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