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August 28th 2002

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Donegal Golf Club

Club President Mr. Finlay Anderson (front centre) with the prize winners of the President’s Day competition. Overall winner Tommy Geraghty is on front left.

Lady President Mrs. Doreen Brown (front centre) and the prize winning ladies from her competition. Overall winner Anna Colhoun left on settee.

St. Naul’s Victorious in The Rosses

St. Naul’s U10s with coaches

St. Naul’s U10 ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams travelled to the Rosses recently to take part in a Blitz, hosted by Na Rossa.
The ‘A’ team won the blitz with captain Dillon Ward presented with the cup on behalf of the Club.
Dillon thanked the Na Rossa Club and all involved, referees, coaches and the ladies who provided refreshments.

Mazda National League Final

Remarkable performance from Tir Conaill women

Tirconaill Captain, Geraldine Stewart receives runners-up trophy from Michael Heary, President Athletics Ireland

The Senior athletics season came to a close on Sunday last at Tullamore when the Mazda National League finals took place. Local club, Tir Conaill, had qualified at earlier rounds and were pitched against the top seven clubs for the title of Best Womens team in Ireland. Tir Conaill, the only Ulster Club to have a team in the Womens Premier League, in finishing 2nd Overall after five hours and eighteen events of competition, proved that small rural clubs can compete against the best in Ireland.

Dublin City Harriers were winners on 113.5pts with Tir Conaill 99pts holding off the efforts of Dublin Striders 99pts, Kilkenny City Harriers 85 pts, Dundrum Sth Dublin 81 pts., Leevale 77 pts., St Laurence OToole’s 64 pts, and Raheny 56.5 pts. This was a superb performance from the Donegal side when it is considered that many of the clubs included numerous Olympic and recent European Championship competitiors eg Dublin City Harriers squad included Una English, Ciara Sheedy and Karen Shinkins.

Mary McLoone, with victories in the Triple Jump 11.75m, Long Jump 5.60m and a new Donegal record in the 400m Hurdles 63.20 secs. was the top points scorer for the club. Team Captain Geraldine Stewart, with a victory in the Shot Putt 11.85m and a 4th place in the Javelin, was a top contributor. In the Hammer and Discus, Michelle McElwaine finished with excellent 2nd and 4th positions. Eight competitiors - one per club - contest each event. On the track Emma O’Doherty also made a huge contribution and ran 16.87secs for 3rd in the 100m Hurdles and later in the afternoon was 4th in the 100m. Marie Rooney’s 2nd place in the 1500m walk, Sinead Peoples and Michelle Harvey middle distance exploits in the 1,500m where they finished in 4th positions added valauble points. The relays are always exciting. In the 4 x100m at the beginning of the afternoon, Louise Peoples, Geraldine Stewart, Emma O’Doherty and Mary McLoone finished 4th and in the final event of the day the 4x400m when the final placings were being decided, Michelle Harvey, Geraldine Stewart, Sinead Peoples and Mary McLoone, ran a blistering 4mins 1.22 secs for 2nd - guaranteeing that Tir Conaill would finish in runner-up spot.

It was the climax of a great track season for the Tir Conaill women - they have won numerous medals at Irish Junior/Under 23/Senior and Masters levels and had an unequalled number gaining International honours eg Geraldine Stewart, Mary McLoone, Michelle Harvey, Sinead Peoples, Ruth Little and Emma O’Doherty.

Finally a word for the club’s top High Jumper - Catherine Harvey, who has recently undergone an operation, Ruth Little who left for a ‘sandwich year out’ in Australia and to Bridie Lynch recovering from a recent illness. Best wishes go to all three. Hurry back -you were missed on Sunday!

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