Twenty one of Blackrock AC’s younger athletes spent an exciting Sunday afternoon at the Annual Indoor Sports staged by Boyne AC in the Great Hall in Gormanston College (north of Balbriggan) last weekend March 11.
The U8s were the earliest onto the dance floor in the 60m. Senan McCarthy and Tom O’Brien for the Boys and Ciara O’Brien and Sophie McArdle for the Girls were the stars.
Tom and Senan moved up an age group to join Leo MacRuairi and debutant Sean Cassidy to achieve a great fourth placing in the 4 x 80m sprint Relay. Sean and Leo themselves had starred in the U9 Boys 200m and the U10 Boys 60m.
The unstoppable Neasa Reilly could not be stopped again either by her own age group in the U10 Girls 60m, or when she moved up to take on the older girls in the U11 200m. Accompanying Neasa in the 60m were the very speedy Aoibhinn McMahon, close up for Silver making it a Blackrock one two, followed by Kate O’Brien, Leah McArdle, Aoife O’Brien and Caoilfhionn McCarthy who had fought their way in the Heats and Semi Finals.
Una O’Neill Kinney and Clodagh Lynch were the Blackrock girls to follow home Aoibhinn, fourth and Neasa, first, in the U11 Girls 200m.
And then these four brave ladies gave of their all in the 4 x 80m Relay to lift yet another medal for the ‘Rock, this time of the Silver variety.
But Aoibhinn did get her deserved Gold when with Leah, Aoife and Caoilfhionn they sluiced away with the U10 Relay.
Blackrock might have made it another one two had tragedy not struck in the shape of a fall at the start on the slippy lacquered floor by a very brave Leo MacRuairi. Unphased, Leo was up like a shot and along with his team, Neasa Reilly, Kate O’Brien and Sophie Woulfe they pulled back the opposition rapidly only for the winning post to come too soon. Fourth was so near yet so far. Sophie went on to bag a fine Silver with Boyne AC in a later relay.
Fionn O’Brien was Blackrock’s only representative in the U11 Boys 200m and moved up an age group to join Finn Reilly and Peter Woulfe in the U12 Boys 60m. Finn and Peter moved up for the U13 Boys 600m, and Finn ran very nicely to take a brave Bronze.
The three boys, Fionn, Finn and Peter then got U12 starlet Rachel O’Brien to anchor them in the U13 Boys 4 x 80m Relay and where lifted another wonderful Bronze for Blackrock.
Big entry numbers had seen many Heats and Semi Finals being run through the day. And Rachel was back again in the U12 Girls 60m where she followed home Penny Morris in fourth and Kelly Breen, in Silver.
And as was customary all afternoon, these three girls had to move up an age group for their 600m and join U13 clubmate Clodagh Roe.
Last individual Blackrock performer was Shauna McMahon, out of her age group, in the U14 Girls 60m.
Shauna nearly made it another gold for Blackrock in the U13 Girls 4 x 80m Relay along with Clodagh, Penny and Kelly. They ran a blinder but had to cede to Dunleer, and took home another silver.