Double skittles gold for Tipperary at Community Games finals

Approximately 100 young people from County Tipperary travelled to Athlone AIT in search of glory on weekend two of the HSE Community Games National Finals.

Approximately 100 young people from County Tipperary travelled to Athlone AIT in search of glory on weekend two of the HSE Community Games National Finals.

And the months dedication and training paid off resulting in competitors winning medals in a total of fourteen separate events - six gold, three silver, two bronze and three pewter.

The fantastic young skittles players from Ballingarry who were so impressive in all their games during the year did not let their supporters down winning gold in both the under 12 and under 14 competitions.

The u-12 team defeated St. Michael’s, Sligo in the semi final by 372 points to 287 and then beat Magheracloona, Monaghan in the final by an absolutely amazing score of 430 points to 264.

The adult teams would be under severe pressure to accumulate a score like this.

Gold medallists were Shane Burns, Aaron Dunne, A.J. Dunne, Stephen Donovan and Michael O’Shea.

The u-14 team completed their hat trick winning the title for the third year in a row with a fine victory of 321 points to 211 over Ballaghadreen, Roscommon in the semi final and 334 points to 278 points scored by Taghmon, Wexford in the final.

Members of this team were Patrick Burns, Daniel Lyons, Conor Hayes, Louise Lawlor, Lauren Donovan.

Great credit must go to their manager Jesse Donovan who has been coaching both of these teams since day one. Jesse is also the Dad of Lauren and Stephen Donovan so there were lots of celebrations in Ballingarry.

Aoibhe O’Shea reached the final of the u-16 girls 1500m where she was going very well but unfortunately damaged a calf muscle. Hope you are on the road to recovery, Aoibhe.

There were big celebrations also in Moycarkey-Borris when the Ryan brothers, Daniel and David won gold medals in the under 16 100m and under 14 long jump with Dillon reaching the finals of the u10 60m hurdles. The boys are sons of Jim and Aisling Ryan both well known in the field of athletics.

Their team mate Kyle Shelly won the u-12 long puck while Caoimhe Perdue from Cashel-Rosegreen area was fourth in the girls long puck.

Jack Dolan, Fethard also gave a great performance reaching the final of the u-16 1500m event while still only fourteen years old.

All the competitors from Carrick On Suir performed well - Caoimhe Power won a silver medal and Emily Nolan won bronze while many others who reached the finals only missed a medal by narrow margins.

The Clonmel duo of Anthony Tobin and Aaron Egan along with Kieran Hennessy, Moycarkey ran a super 10km to win bronze medals in the u16 boys marathon.

Very well done to all.

Any competitors who have county tracksuits are requested to please launder them and return them to their area secretaries asap for delivery to the County Secretary.

It is now time for the development officers to review the areas and assist them to become involved for 2014. If your area is not affiliated please contact Declan and Mary O’Shea for information about becoming part of the fun and excitement in 2014