At the first round of the National League recently Bandon A.C had a women’s team competing in the Premier Division and in the First Division the men’s team combined with Abbey Striders.
The men’s team got off to a slow start on the day with points hard to get, but things started to change and win’s came in the 4x100m relay, the 400m (Scott Gibson), Shot Putt (Patrick McSweeney), , Discus (Colin Kingston) big points were also won in the 100m with a 2nd place for Joey Henchy, 200m with a 3rd place for Niall Madden. Ronan Duggan finished 4th in the 800m. Thomas McCarthy had 5th in both the 1500m and the 3k SteepleChase, Naoise O’Flaitheartaigh finished in 5th in the 5km. Tom Beare injured himself in the 110m Hurdles, but finished the race to earn points and then bravely took part in the Long Jump.
Abbey Striders provided good points also with a win in the Pole Vault (Ray Walsh), 2nd in the High Jump and 5th in the Triple Jump (Ben O’Donovan).
Final event of the day was 4x400m and it provided a dramatic finish, club was well positioned throughout the race and in the home straight Dave McInerney found an extra gear over the last 50m and powered home for another vital win.
In the Premier division there was impressive win in the 200m for Joan Healy who unfortunately pulled up injured later in the 100m. Joan had previously anchored the 4x100m relay team to a win. Ella Stack won both the High Jump and the Pole Vault, another win in the Shot Putt for Laura McSweeney who also finished 4th in the Hammer. Amy Crowley was 2nd in the Triple Jump and 6th in the 800m. Moira Barrett finished 3rd in the 400mHurdles and 5th in the 400m, Roisin Howard was 4th in the 100mH and Long Jump and 5th in the Discus. Rachel Roche was 3rd in the Javelin. Lily Carey was 4th in the walk and 6th in the 1500m.
Final event for the womens team was the 4x400m and some very tired legs took to the track for some vital points and a brave performance saw them finish in 5th place
The Men’s team are 4th overall and women’s 5th and well placed so a good 2nd round should see the two team qualify for the final.
Well done to everyone and wishing Tom and Joan a speedy recovery.