GCH Mens Team at the National League Final. Report by Cliff.
Well done to our GCH men’s team and Manager Cliff Jennings who secured a well-deserved bronze in the National league final on Saturday last in Tullamore. Thank you to Cliff for the report below.
After scraping through the qualifying rounds in 8th place, we finally had an almost full strength team for the League final. Big Sean was back even though not 100% fit. Seamus was back in for the walk and Andrew came out of steeplechase retirement to give it a go and between them they scored some big points.
Jack Maher was the busiest athlete of the day running his own 800m and also covering for an injured James Frizzell in the 1500m. Later he contributed a solid 52.9 second split to the long relay team. A pretty good day’s work for one of the younger members of the team. Along with John Moroney in the 5000m, Jack received scant reward for some good running in the middle and longer distances with high quality fields in the 800/1500/5000 races. Probably the strongest events for depth during the day.
Jonah and Rob split the short sprints and both got PB's. Cilin held on for grim death in the 400m and got an outdoor PB. Michael Breathnach was switched to Long jump and proved a success by jumping an equal season's best of 5.90 which beat 2 others by a few centimetres, including the Donore athlete. In his more favoured event, the javelin, he threw his best for 14 years but again was up against strong opposition so got 4th. Plenty more to come!
Brendan Staunton was not initially happy with his days’ work (two 4th places), but on reflection will see that a couple of solid performances when added to the rest of the team scores makes for a lot of happy bunnies! Seamus Leddy survived a telling off from one of the walking judges to pick up a very good 2nd place and with Andrew O' Donnghaile running a way better race than he expected we got another 3rd. It's not all about the wins in this game but bringing up the weaker events to the 4 and 5 point mark. In the previous 2 rounds we had no walker or 'chaser. Distance coaches take note. They are REAL events and we need to start developing these areas.
Eoghan took Michael's place in the short hurdles and as there were only 5 entered was assured a few points. The same in the Pole vault where an equal pb for 3rd picked up a few more points. Henrique Nkolovata pulled out his best triple jump of the season (a good time to do it) to edge past a few contenders and filled in for Cillin, (who was not able to make it on time) in the short relay along with Jonah, Rob and Darren Costello.
Sean Breathnach was up against Eric Favours in the shot putt but even though not fully fit still gave it a good go for 2nd and had a couple of 'big ones' that were close fouls. Over in the weight for distance, nobody can touch Sean and I think he surprised himself with a massive throw of 8.79m to win.
We knew with a few events to go we were in 3rd but with the format being that you drop the points from your 4 worst events it can all change depending on how the last few events go. The long relay boys put in a great run to come home 2nd and crown a solid team performance.
We were happy with our points but Donore had a few queries .Off they went but after 20 minutes or so the computer said 'NO' and the points stayed as they were. Donore shook our hands and were gracious in defeat. By that time though Cillin and Seamus had started journeys home so unfortunately they missed the presentation and the pictures with medals.
I must also mention those who helped us get to the final by scoring points in previous rounds - Aaron Brennan, David Carter, Dylan Corr, Jack Dempsey, Sebastian Ducros, Keith Fallon, James Frizzell, Richard Kampson, Robert McDonnell. Apologies if I have missed anyone! Thank you to all for your efforts. All the points scored by you helped us get the vital 8th place in qualifying. Everyone played their part!
The individual results from the final were as follows:
100m - Jonah Erugo 6th, 11.31 (PB). 200m - Robert Meagher 4th, 22.29 (PB)
400m - Cillin Greene 1st, 47.75 (outdoor PB). 800m - Jack Maher 7th, 2:03.92.
1500m - Jack Maher 5th, 4:06.15. 5000m - John Moroney 7th, 15:51.61
110m/Hurdles - Eoghan Jennings 5th, 20.60. 400m/Hurdles - NO ATHLETE
High Jump - Jonah Erugo 6th, 1.65m. Long Jump - Michael Breathnach 4th, 5.90m
Shot Putt - Sean Breathnach 2nd, 16,66m. Discus Throw - Brendan Staunton 4th, 36.12m
Hammer Throw - Brendan Staunton 4th, 34.34m. Weight For Distance - Sean Breathnach 1st, 8.79m
Javelin - Michael Breathnach 4th, 50.53m (pb) (broke his pb from 14 years ago!)
4 X 100 Darren Costello, Jonah Erugo, Henrique Nkolovata, Robert Meagher. 4th 44.76
4 X 400 Jonah Erugo, Jack Maher, Robert Meagher, Cillin Greene. 2nd 3.23.19
Splits (roughly) Jonah 49.9, Jack 52.9, Rob 49.2, Cilin 51 (eased off over the last 20m as we were safe). Well done everyone !