CLARE Community Games competitors had a very successful weekend at the national finals of the HSE Community Games in Athlone IT. One hundred and fifty one children from 19 areas across the county participated and brought home 107 medals.
This was a great achievement and maintains the high standard set by Clare competitors at the national finals over the past 40 years. Seven individuals and five teams got gold.
The local marathon runners did extremely well, winning individual and team gold in both boys and girls, with Sean Collins (Ennis St John’s) leading the field of 91 home in style. In the girls race, Caoimhe Harvey was first, Elaine Shannon fourth and Grainne Kelly eleventh to total 16 points. Sean Collins was followed by Eoin Looney (10th) and Stephen Maher (15th) for a total of 27 points. The marathon runners came from eight different areas.
The Derg camogie girls, who were taking part for the first time ever in Community Games, put on a brilliant display to overcome Bullaun/New Inn of Galway by 6-5 to 5-7 in the semi-final and beat Offaly champions Banagher, 4-10 to 2-2, in the final. The Derg hurlers captured the bronze medals.
Many of the athletes achieved personal bests but were unlucky not to be amongst the medal winners. Alannah Ryan got gold in the long puck when she hit the sliotar an impressive 67.65m, two metres further than her nearest rival.
In the shot putt, Kevin Caulfield of Tulla threw 14.66m to win gold. In the boys U-14 100m heat, Tony Odubote tripped but got up and went on to qualify. Odubote later beat all opposition to win the gold.
The total medal count for Clare was 45 gold, 17 silver, 21 bronze and 25 fourth places.
Alannah Ryan (Kilkishen/O’Callaghan’s Mills/Oatfield), U-14 long puck; Kevin Caulfield (Tulla) U-14 shot putt; Caoimhe Harvey (Carrigaholt/Cross), first overall girl in marathon; Sean Collins (Ennis St John’s), first overall in marathon; Tony Odubote (Ennis St John’s) U-14 100m; Alex O’Neill (Quin/Clooney) U-14 800m; Kevin Mulcaire (Clarecastle/Ballyea) U-16 1500m; Marathon Girls U-16; Marathon Boys U-16; Derg U-14 camogie; Ennis St John’s U-12 boys relay; Ennis St John’s U-13 hardcourt tennis.
Orla O’Brien (Tulla) U-12 ballthrow; Samuel Olaoye (Ennis St John’s) U-8 60m; Aisling Kelly (Doonbeg) U-16 1500m; Ennistymon/Lahinch/Liscannor U-13 girls futsal; Ennis St John’s, U-14 boys relay.
Donna Ogbuagu (Ennis St John’s) U-8 80m; Derg, U-11 hurling.
Luke Callinan (Killimer/Knockerra), U-14 long jump; Elaine Shannon (Ennistymon/Lahinch/Liscannor) fourth overall girl in marathon; Niamh Conlon (Cooraclare/Cree) U-12 100m; Kaderi Karimu (Ennis St John’s) U-16 triple jump; Sixmilebridge/Kilmurry, U-16 variety; Ennis St John’s, U-10 mixed relay.
Members of the winning teams
Girls marathon: Caoimhe Harvey (Carrigaholt-Cross), Elaine Shannon (Ennistymon-Lahinch-Liscannor), Sharon Egan (Kilmihil), Grainne Kelly (Doora-Barefield).
Boys marathon: Sean Collins (Ennis St John’s), Eoin Looney (Miltown-Malbay), Stephen Maher (Ballynacally-Lissycasey), Micheál Clancy (Doonbeg);
Derg Camogie: Carmel O’Brien, Ciara Doyle, Kellie McInerney, Ava Quigley, Sara Minogue, Molly Kilkenny, Róisín Minogue, Suzanne Costelloe, Katie O’Brien, Nicole Flower, Holly McGee, Megan Coleman, Aoife Maloney, Amy Barrett, Deirdre Cory, Alexandria McGrath.
Ennis St John’s boys U-12 relay: Runmise Badewa Ekungba, Sultan Akinwale, Chibikem Okoyem, Derick Sholarin, David Ouwudiwe.
Ennis St John’s hardcourt tennis: Eunan Gavin, Scott O’Grady, Cillian O’Riordan, Ronan Foley, Darren O’Brien, Edith Kearney, Shauna Kearney, Rhona Kearney, Caitríona Ní Riordain.
Ennistymon-Lahinch-Liscannor U-13 girls futsal: Meg Brennan, Chris Guerin, Niamh O’Dwyer, Orfhlaith Considine, Ciara Malone, Daniela Svensson, Karen Hillery, Ciara Malone.
Ennis St John’s U-14 boys relay: Basit Bakare, Joshua Kogbodoku, Farnok Sobayo, Manus Doherty, Tony Odubote, Darren O’Brien.
Derg hurling: Tom Minogue, Tiernan Slattery, Sean Wiley, Seanie Doyle, Jamie O’Donnell, Eoghan Devanny, Jake Butler, Cathal McKenna, Shane Kavanagh, Tadhg Kavanagh, Patrick Crotty, Keelan Hartigan, Sean Collins, Eoin O’Grady, Cian Myles, Sean Treacy, Pearce Mooney, Adam Cunnane, Eoghan Heffernan, Gearóid Sheedy.
Sixmilebridge-Kilmurry variety: Callum Maxwell, Róisín Carey, Eimear Wolf, Sarah Barry, Laura Whitty, Clodagh Quinn, Jennifer Rafferty, Eile Ni Lionain, Sinead Cahill, Sarah Merriman, Katelyn Harrington, Kim Stephen, Melissa Morey.
Ennis St John’s U-10 mixed relay: Jeremiah Iwalewa, Cian O’Boyle, Ciara Meehan, Efe Opuoro, Niamh Cassidy.