DSD and Clonliffe defend titles
DSD's women and the men of Clonliffe Harriers will defend their premier division titles at the final Irish Life Health National Track and Field League finals in Tullamore on Sunday (11.30).
DSD is going for a seventh consecutive national title and a tenth overall. As well as 400m speciialist, Sinead Denny, the team has strength in depth and is capable of picking up points across the board.
St Abban's pushed DSD hard last year and with a similar squad of all-rounders, they could do so again.
Saragh Buggy, the national triple jump champion, has also done duty for them in the hurdles. Sisters Nessa and Ruby Millet can pick up points in the jumps and shorter distance as well as relays. Nicole Keogh Dowling in the discus and shot and Cheryl Nolan in the distance events will also boost the points total.
Clonliffe Harriers has a team led by Brian Gregan whose role in the 4x400m relay could again prove crucial.
Clonliffe can also call on Dave Donegan in the pole vault, Simon Galligan in the hammer and Rory Gunning in the javelin.
Crusaders could again prove their toughest rivals, with Jason Harvey in the 400m hurdles, Matt Behan in the 110m hurdles and Adam McMullen in the long jump their big names. Andrew Mellon and Brian Murphy are also solid performers and will make the relay teams difficult to beat.
Raheny Shamrock is another Dublin club aiming for a top three place. Last year, Freddy Sittuk won both the steeplechase and the 5000m and he's capable of repeating that feat on Sunday.