Dominant Dubs do double take
Clonliffe and Dundrum South Dublin made it a Dublin double at a memorable Woodie's DIY League Track and Field League final in Tullamore, Co Offaly.
For Clonliffe, it was a fourth consecutive win in the men's premier division. It didn't come easy, with a gallant team from St Abban's chasing hard.
Clonliffe had wins in the 5000m for Mark Kenneally and pole vault for David Donegan, along with an entirely unexpected 100m victory for sprinter David Kavanagh. Added to second places for Patrick O'Connor (200m), David Flynn (steeplechase) and Martin Hunt (hammer), these results proved vital. St Abban's picked up valuable points when Brian Kelly won the 800m and was second in the 1500m. Victory for Eoin Kelly in the triple jump and a second place for Paul Byrne in the 400m hurdles helped the Carlow club to a brave second place, just two points ahead of North Down.
For the DSD women, the long-awaited victory proved easier than expected thanks to the club's strength in depth and unfortunate injuries to a couple of Ferrybank reliables. The target was seven wins, and these came in the two relays, as well as from Claire Bergin in the 400m, Hazel Murphy (1500m), Ava Hutchinson (3000m), Emma Peters (400m hurdles) and Deirdre Ryan (high jump). Picking up added points were Sinead Denny (second 800m), Aoife MacNeill (second 100m and third 200m), Grainne Moggan (fourth both 100m hurdles and long jump and fifth triple jump), and Niamh Reilly (third javelin).
So after 23 years, the celebrations could begin -- a special moment for team manager Lucy Moore, who had been on the last winning team and turned out for the shot putt last Saturday.
Second was a strong team from Bandon, with Leevale third. Defending champions Ferrybank were fifth.
More good news came for Dublin clubs in division one, with Clonliffe beating Raheny for victory in the women's competition and Tallaght, along with Galway City Harriers, winning promotion to the premier division for next season.