Athletics News - Thursday 12 Oct 2006
Dwayne Farrell retains Autumn League
DWAYNE Farrell of Tinryland AC continued where he left off last year by winning the overall title in this year’s Autumn League sponsored by Jason Farrell Sports after last Friday’s final stage over two miles in Tinryland.
Farrell was in control for most of the final leg and managed to hold off the challenges of the promising Johnny Dowling of LOT and Eamonn Maher of KCH in the closing stages to win his 3rd stage in the series. Farrell took the overall title ahead of Tommy Payne and Jim Stafford. The winner of the Veterans category was newcomer Kevin Murphy of Slaney Olympic. The Junior Mens section was won by Johnny Dowling who was impressive throughout the league.
The first lady home on the night was Eileen Cantwell of LOT who also took the overall title with several of her challengers unable to compete on the final stage with prizes also going to Ann McGreal of Sportsworld and Evelyn McNelis of Naas.
After the race, the prizegiving took place in the Tinryland GAA Centre, Rathcrogue where Paddy Galway presented the Seamus Galway Memorial Trophy to the overall winner Dwayne Farrell.
Great credit is due to sponsor Jason Farrell for once again supporting the league.
CROSS COUNTRY: Tinryland Athletes figured prominently in the first stage of the Carlow Cross Country Championships in Ballon on Sunday.
In the underage events, there were fine wins for Jenny Doheny (Girls U-13), Mary Ann O’Sullivan (Girls U-15) and Deirdre Doyle (Girls U-17) who all dominated their respective races. There were also wins for Niamh Roche and Martin Curran in the Girls and Boys U-9 events.
For the first time in many years, Tinryland had no finishers in the Mens Novice event.
WALSH WINS FIRST CARLOW MASTERS TITLE: Tinryland AC Athlete Eddie Walsh won his first Carlow Masters Title with a very consistent run in the championships on Sunday last. In the absence of perennial winner Tommy Payne, Walsh led throughout the 6km course and held off the challenges of clubmates Joe Doheny in 2nd and Sean Doyle 3rd to win gold in fine style.
There were a number of other Tinryland successes on the day with Mary Ann O’Sullivan being a dominant winner in the Girls U-14 race and could yet challenge for the medals in the forthcoming Leinster championships. There was a 1-2-3 for the local club in this event with Jemina Kirwan 2nd and Jenny Doheny in 3rd. Other medal-ists on the day were Nuala O’Sullivan 2nd (Girls U-12), Adam Murphy 2nd (Boys U-12), Patrick Mullins 2nd (Boys U-18), Niamh Roche 3rd (Girls U-10) and Shane Hegarty 3rd (Boys U-14).
DARREN’S MOSNEY SUCCESSES: The winning of a gold medal in the Boys U-16 Relay in Mosney in August ended a remarkable success story for Darren Murphy of Linkardstown at the National Community Games Finals.
Darren represented Carlow on no fewer than 9 occasions and amassed a total of 7 medals (3 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze).
He first competed in 1997 as a 6 year old and finished 5th in the Boys U-8 semi-final. In the following year he took silver in this event and in 2000 took silver in the hotly contested Boys U-10 200m. In the two years after this he took Bronze and Gold in the Boys U-12 Relay.
As an U-14, he again helped his team to bronze and gold in the relay events. Last year proved to be his biggest disappointment when his team won gold in the U16 relay by a proverbial mile but were disqualified on a technicality. Darren has also competed in the shot and discus finals.
To add to his medal collection, he played a pivotal part in Tinryland’s U-16 County win this year and in soccer plays in goal for the St. Joseph’s U-15 team. A great family double was completed this year when younger brother Adam won gold in the Boys U-12 relay while brother Greg represented Carlow in the U-14 shot.