The Tipperary Cross Country Championships took place in Thurles Croke’s AC on Thursday 27th November. Conditions for the racing were perfect despite the early morning heavy showers that had fallen on the track. Loreto was represented by a team of ten athletes who took part in the Minor, Junior and Intermediate categories.
With conditions firm underfoot and a flat course, the race times were fast. In the Minor race, Ruby, Erin & Robyn ran a strong race to claim the bronze team award. At Junior level, we again had a very competitive team, with Muireann finishing in 4th followed closely by Saoirse & Ellen to claim a silver team placing. At Intermediate level Celine, Bríd & Róise competed very well to also claim a silver team award.
Well done to the girls who will now look forward to competing in the East Munster Championships after Christmas.
East Munster Track & Field
This year’s championship was held in Templemore Athletic Club. The conditions for this meeting were near perfect and this added to what was a very successful day for the Loreto girls. We had 19 athletes taking part in a range of events. In the minor category,Gillian finished 2nd in the 800m and Jess finished 3rd in the shot. In the junior, Veerle finished 2nd in both the javelin and the long jump. Sophie also performed very well with a 3rd place finish in the long jump. The girls in the intermediate grade also had a successful day. Emma finished in 2nd in the 100m, Ava won the 800m and Niamh finished 3rd in the 1500m. Our relay team of Ava, Brid, Niamh and Emma also performed brilliantly to finish 2nd. All of the girls represented the school excellently in all events, with many now going on to represent the school in the Munster Championships in CIT at the end of May.
Inter-Loreto Track & Field
On Wednesday the 27th of April, the Inter-Loreto track & field championships took place in Morton stadium in Santry. Loreto had athletes from 1st to 5th year participating in a range of track and field events. The girls performed well in all their events against athletes from Loreto schools across Ireland. Ava Fennessey finished 2nd in both the 400m and Long Jump. Both medals were won against girls from the senior grade, which was a great achievement as she is from 2nd year. Our relay teams also performed well, finishing 6th out of the 19 schools in the junior & senior grade. Other notable performances were recorded by Caoimhe Mulcahy, who came 4thafter a finish line photo in the 300m, and Jess Caron who finished 4th in the shot put. Veerle Van der Wal also finished 4th in the long jump. The girls attention now turns to the East Munster Championships in Templemore next week. A big thank you must go to Loreto Balbriggan who hosted a very well run event on the day.
Thanks also to Mr. Kehir and Ms. Barlow who accompanied the girls on the day
First Year Gymnastics
Our First Year gymnasts for 2016/17
Well done to all 1st years, 2nd years, 5th years and 6th years who took part in the County Cross Country championships. One of our 1st year students, Ava Fennessy won gold in the Minor girls race. Ava Fennessy, Caoimhe Mulcahy and Bríd Moynihan got 1st place also in the team event. Our senior girls also did well with Katie Sutcliffe, Rachel Ryan and Beth Fitzpatrick coming 3rd in the senior team event.
Back row(L to R):Ava Fennessy,Sadhbh Hallinan,Aoibh Dowling,Alex Mellerick & Mia Duggan
Front row(L to R):Aoibhín Daly,Ríona O’Sullivan,Bríd Moynihan,Caoimhe Mulcahy & Sophie Boyle
(L to R):Rachel Ryan,Beth Fitzpatrick & Katie Sutcliffe
On Thursday the 22nd of November, two teams travelled to Fermoy to compete in the Inter-Loreto Camogie Blitz. This was the first time the girls had played together as a team and were unfortunately outmatched by some of the more experienced teams. But the girls showed great spirit throughout the day and will hopefully return with the same next year.
Well done to all the girls who took part in the Schools Regatta in April. The crew in the Junior 16 coxed eight (Kate Lonergan, Laura Quirke, Daire Davern, Kellie Ryan, Simone Heneghan, Rebecca Parker, Aislinn Gillman, Alex Mellerick and cox Emily Fitzpatrick) had the best result, coming 2nd in their race.
The Under 23 coxed eight crew of Kate Lonergan, Aisling Whelan, Laura Quirke, Eire Ryan, Ciara McKenna, Laura Noonan, Janice Lonergan, Valerie Keogh and cox Mary Kelleher did very well in a tough category coming 4th. Jade O’Malley Adair had a difficult race in the Under 23 single scull event, coming in 12th out of 21 competing rowers.