County Cross Country Juvenile Report by Susan McCourt
The cross country season is well under way now, with both County events over and the Munster Championships just around the corner. After a very wet day at the West Corks, the sun was brightly
shinning at both County Championships, which made for very pleasant conditions for the spectators and competitors alike. The underfoot conditions were good on both days, with the
athletes surprisingly clean after their races! Not too much washing on the ole spikes!
Sunday Oct 2nd, was the even-age event and was held in Conna. Bandon AC had 5 teams entered with individual entries in the older age groups. The u10 girls team of Aoife Callan, Natalia
Dawidowicz, Orlaith Deasy, Layla O Neill, Orla Ryan, Doireann Kelly & Jenny Flemming, all ran superbly, finishing well up the field and took team gold on the day, with Aoife Callan finishing in 3rd
place, earning herself an individual medal. The u10 boys weren’t going to let the girls get one up on them. Daniel Dollard, Eoin O Callaghan, Glen DeBurca, Harry Good, Daniel Coughlan, Jack
Twomey, Jack Coomey, Dylan Looney and Sean Hales all ran their hearts out and they too brought home a team gold. Great stuff from these young athletes. The youngest to compete on the day.
The u12s were up next. The girls team on the day were Ciara White, Ella Collins, Ciara O Sullivan, Amy McCarthy, Niamh Quinn & Molly O Callaghan. A great tactical run by Amy secured
her 1st place, the gold medal and the title County champion. Niamh Quinn picked up a nasty little injury in the early part of the race but showed true grit by battling on and finishing the race. All the girls ran extremely well, having to go in and out of two fields and their great team effort earned them a team silver. The boys team of Sean Deasy, Liam Murphy, Danny Crowley, Joseph Buttimer & Dara Ryan also ran very well on the day with Joseph finishing in 6th place and thus winning an individual medal. The teams luck wasn’t in on the day and they finished just outside the medals. The course for the u14s consisted of two loops and was also ran over two fields. The girls team of Jane Buckley, Nicola Tuthill, Kate O Neill, Clare Flynn, Emillie Good & Ellen Murphy took silver on the day and all of them finished strongly, which is great to see at this early stage of the season. Jane ran most of the race from the front and saw off any challenges to become Bandon’s
second County champion of the day, coming home strongly in 1st place and winning gold. Callum McCourt took part in the boys u14 race and ran very comfortably, especially in the
second lap and finished in 5th place, earning himself an individual medal. Olivia Tuthill & Katie Murphy competed in the girls u16 race and again both ran very well and finished 5th & 12th
respectively, Olivia winning an individual medal. Naoise O Flaitheartaigh, John Muckian & Matt Devine competed in the u18 race and did very well with Naoise finishing 2nd, John 3rd and Matt
Sunday Oct 9th, was the uneven-age event and was held in West Muskerry on what is a very challenging course. Bandon had 9 teams entered and came away with 3 gold, 4 silver, 1
bronze & a 4th place. The u9s were up first and although it was their first county cross country championships, they were like pros, getting out fast and running ’til they dropped. Great
determination all round. The girls team was Roisin Shannon, Clodagh Barry, Ella McCarthy, Caoimhe O Sullivan, Evelyn McCarthy, Hannah Twomey, Emma O Connell & Juliet Biggs. The
boys team was Cillian O Flynn, Harry McCourt, Lewis Lenihan, Daniel Hyde, Jayden Wilmot, Oran Coughlan, Andrew Lane, Oisin Callan & Dara Murphy. The girls won a sliver team medal and the
boys a bronze team medal. Cillian had a very strong finish and earned himself an individual medal finishing in 5th place.
The u11s were the first to take on most of the huge outer loop, which has a couple of testing inclines. The girls team of Aoibhinn McKeogh, Aoife Tuthill, Maia McCourt, Aoibheann O
Sullivan, Alex Good, Caoimhe Foley, Vicky Good, Maeve McCarthy & Claire Riordan put in a very determined effort and ran very well as a team, winning silver and just missed out on team gold by 2
points. The boys team of Dara Walsh, Charlie Twomey, Oisin McCarthy, Adam Barry & Jack Cullinane also were very impressive, with all 5 finishing well up the field. Their effort was rewarded
with team gold and an individual medal for Charlie who finished in 6th place. The u13s had to run all of the outer loop and a little bit extra. The girls team of Eabha
Crowley, Ellen Murphy, Sarah Appelbe, Lucy T McCarthy & Roisin DeBurca and the boys team of Jack Cullen, Callum McCourt, Cian Walsh, Joseph Buttimer & Dara McCarthy all ran extremely
well, after a long wait. The boys brought home a team gold with Jack finishing very strongly in 5th place, earning an individual medal. The girls were unlucky to miss out on a team medal.
The u15s had the u13 course and another small loop. A challenging route. The girls team of Jane Buckley, Katie Murphy, Olivia Tuthill, Nicola Tuthill & Erin DeBurca all had a great race,
winning team gold with Jane 3rd & Olivia 6th winning individual medals also. The boys, Fionn Harrington, Niall Desmond, Gavin Kenny & Peter Ronan also ran very well individually and as a
team, again all finishing well up the field. They got team silver with Niall(4th) & Gavin(5th) earning individual medals also.
We also had an u17 boys team of Naoise O Flaitheartaigh, Rob Downey, Fionn Dempsey & Matt Devine. Noise finished in 3rd place with the teams super effort rewarded with team silver.
Fiona Everard won the bronze medal in the junior womens race & silver in the u19s. John Muckian was 5th in the junior mens race & 3rd in the u19s.
Great running at this stage of the season by all athletes. Well done to you all. Well done
also to all the coaches & parents.