While the wet conditions made for a difficult day for competing at times the Bandon men’s team put together a great team performance to place 2nd in the First Division of the National league. Having placed 3rd in each of the last 2 years, the aim this year had been to improve on that and win promotion to the Premier Division, so mission accomplished!
However it wasn’t without drama and not all plain sailing, some late withdrawals meant some minor changes to the team. First track event was the 110m Hurdles which Cameron Blair bravely contested for the first time and put in a good performance to finish 5th in a close race. In the early field events Patrick McSweeney won the Hammer and Saran Malangaslashthira placed 4th in the Pole Vault. in the 400m Hurdles Damien Hickey placed 4th and then in the 4x100m relay the team of Joey Henchy, Scott Gibson, Matthew Draper and Dave McInerney finished 2nd in a close race. In the 1500m Ronan Duggan finished 3rd and then in the 400m Scott Gibson also placed 3rd, while in the field events Patrick McSweeney followed up his earlier win with another win in the Shot Put, in the Long Jump an ill Shane Howard bravely managed to get one jump which was enough for a win as the points were starting to add up nicely. Niall Madden was 7th in a competitive 200m and Ronan Duggan placed 5th in the tight 800m. Colin Kingston placed 2nd in the Discus, Ben O’Donovan finished joint 1st in the High Jump and Shane Howard was 2nd in the Triple Jump. Naoise ÓFlaitheartaigh put in a great race in the 5km and finished an impressive 2nd place. Fiacra Harrington was 5th in the Javelin and Dave McInerney was also 5th in the 100m. In the finial field event of the day Dave Heath placed 2nd in the Weight for Distance.
So early estimates had the men’s team in 3rd place and needing a good performance in the 4x400m relay to catch 2nd place with 3rd place well secure. Niall Madden got the team off to a good start and handed over to Scott Gibson who handed over to Daniel Hathaway who handed over to Dave McInerney with all still going according to plan. However Dave picked up an injury early and while he bravely brought the baton home in 5th place, it didn’t look like it was going to be enough.
So bags were packed then a short wait for the results to be checked, and then to much surprise the Men’s team were called out as 2nd on the day which was a deserved result with a lot of blood sweat and tears shed over the course of this league campaign. 2nd place means promotion to the Premier Division next year which brings a whole lot of additional challenges but that is for next year!
For now well done to everyone.