Juvenile Leevale Open 2019
May 04, 2019
First outdoor T&F meeting of the year for our juveniles was held in CIT last Sunday 28th Apr.
A large band of juvenile athletes from around the country fired up a storm to rival Hannah just a few days earlier.
Among the large crowd was a small but eager band of Ballymore Cobh AC juveniles all ready for the first day out on the track. Donnacha O'Sullivan at the tender age of 6yrs competed for the first time in the U8 sprints and was not a bit phased by the whole experience. Adam O'Brien and Cillian Dorgan were next up both running well with Adam making it through to the semi-final.
After a late flight in from Germany the Dorgan brothers Sam, Noah and Joshua were up bright and early and showed no sign of jet lag as all three progressed from their heats in the sprints. In the semi final Noah narrowly missed out on a place in the final but both Sam and Joshua made it through.
Joshua narrowly missed out on a medal but Sam in a very close final came third after a photo finish. Sam also progressed to the final of the hurdles and also gained a third place finish in the long jump. Noah also ran in the 300m sprinting through the field in the last 100m to finished 5th.
Sisters Sonia and Lara Balanzin also had a busy day. Lara was one of the first athletes out of the block running superb sprint along with club mate Sara Drumgoole and both girls making it to the final. As with most finals on the day it was another tight race with both girls just missing out on medals. Sonia came very close to making finals in both the sprint and the hurdles but just missed out by one place in both heats. Brother and sister Cate and Rory Gilroy are old hands at competing in CIT and once again took to the track with their usual enthusiasm. Rory ran well in a very quick heat in his sprint and was unfortunate not to make the final. Cate along with Ava Chandler (two girls who always have a smile on their faces) both finished second in their heats making into the semi finals. Cate then trotted over to the sprint hurdle heats and was unlucky to pick up an injury while finish 2nd in her heat. Cate continued to compete but her injury took it's toll and was unable make the final of the sprint. Ava narrowly failed to make the final of the sprint but also competed in the high jump and ran brilliantly in the 600m where she was with the leading pack up to the last 100m finishing a creditable 8th from a large field.
A best wishes go out to Alex Buckley who at his first outdoors track meet came to an abrupt end. Alex more used to the longer distance was giving the 100m sprint ago (a warm up for the 800m later in the day) however while in 3rd place Alex pulled up suddenly, metres from the end, hopping over the line in 4th place. After some attention from the ambulance crew off he went to hospital for an X-Ray. Thankfully his injury was not as bad as first expected but still a painful injury with some damage to the thigh muscle. Some rest over the next few weeks and hopefully Alex will be back as strong as ever. A very determined Lilly Frawley fought her way through the heats and semi-final of the sprints and after a great run finish 5th in the final. This made Lilly even more determined as she ran in a massive field in the 300m. Again running brilliantly finishing 4th.
All of our athletes can be very proud of themselves and their performances and as always are a credit to the club. Thanks to all the family and friends for the great support for all our young athletes.
Next is on to Day 1 of the County Championships in CIT on May 5th.