Holders show their ambition
DSD and Clonliffe duly lived up to expectations when they retained their titles at the Glo Health All-Ireland Track and Field League final in a blustery and chilly Tullamore last Sunday.
For the Dublin South Dublin women, it was a sixth consecutive title and a tenth overall.
Despite missing some big names, DSD still had a comfortable win over St Abban's, with vital contributions from Sinead Denny, winner of the 400m, Kate Doherty first 100m hurdles and captain Fiona Clinton who won the 3000m and was third in the 1500m.
Grace O'Rourke won her specialist jump and was then drafted in for the 800m, where she came home a surprise winner. DSD also won the 4x100m.
For St Abban's, Saragh Buggy won the long jump as well as her specialist triple jump and was second in the 100m hurdles. Nessa Millet won the 400m hurdles, Nicole Kehoe Dowling was second in both the discus and shot and Emma Daly second in the javelin.
Consistency won the day for Clonliffe Harriers in the men's competition.
For Crusaders Adam McMullen, Jason Harvey and Matt Behan won the long jump, 400m hurdles and 110m hurdles respectively. The Irishtown club also won both the relays, but lost points in the middle distance races.
By contrast, Clonliffe picked up points across the board for their seventh victory in nine years.
Brian Gregan, back in imperious form, won both the 400m and 200m and ran the 4x400m. Simon Galligan's throw of 57.68m gave him a solid victory over Killian Barry of Crusaders in the hammer, while Andrew Heney won the high jump and Rory Gunning the javelin.
There were also second places for Chris Sibanda 100m, Luke Mangan shot, Timmy Crowe 400m hurdles and Marcin Klinzov in the discus.
Other good Premier Division performances came from John Travers of Donore who won a thrilling 800m, and Seán Breathnach of Galway City Harriers winner of the shot and the 56lb. Picking up big points was Freddy Sittuk of Raheny who won the steeplechase and then the 5000m less than an hour later.
Closest result of the day came in women's Division 1 which Kilkenny City Harriers only took on count-back from Antrim Combined.
For Kerry County, Shona Heaslip's runaway 3000m victory was one of the day's outstanding performances.
Antrim Combined had better luck in the men's division 1 where they beat Finn Valley by two points.