Sunday last was a very proud day for the club as we hosted the Donegal Novice races and the even age group Donegal Championships.
The day went off brilliantly and it was evident throughout that Sean McGinley had left no stone unturned in his preparations and execution on the day. It was fantastic to see the whole community weight in and get behind our club and help make this a very successful day both on and off the field.
The ladies novice kicked the day off and what a start we got with the ladies putting in an almighty effort to bring home the silver medals for the team with 31 points ahead of Inishowen in 3rd, Letterkenny and Lifford. We had a great showing of 13 female athletes with Emer McGee running a superb race to collect an individual bronze and backed closely by Noreen McGee, Maria Mulligan and Sarah Mulholland. In the Men’s race it was a much tighter with the team eventually winning bronze medals but only by 7 points from Inishowen followed by Cranford and Finn Valley. Again we had 14 athletes and there was battles won all over the course which helped ensure the bronze medals for Ciaran McGonagle, Eamon O’Donnell, Edward Harkin and Gavin Ward. Well done to all and be very proud of the efforts everybody put in. The Juvenile races started with the U-8 Boys - A fine run from Jack Tracey, Maghery to finish in 4th place despite a fall, behind him in 5th was Odhrán Kavannagh, Rann na Feirsde. Also finishing in the top 20 were Corry Doherty, Mark Bonner, James Brennan, Hugh Boyle and Shaun Boyle. U-8 Girls - Ulitah Boyle, Keadue the only Rosses AC winner on the day with Amy Timoney, Ellie Mc Garvey and Riahanna Mc Cready having top 10 finishes and Sarah O Donnell, Clare Diver, Ella Mc Bride, Tara Gillespie and Erin Sharkey finishing in the top 20. U-10 Girls - another fine run from Emily Colangelo to finish in 2nd place and top 20 places for Amy Greene, Tara Geoghegan, Aoife Mc Gee, Fynn Moulton. Good support from Ella Mc Loughlin, Neasa Boyle, Leigha Greene, Caoimhe Gallagher, Niamh Mc Bride, Roisin Burns, Josephine o Donnell, Maeve Boyle, Aine Gillespie, Katie Ward, Molly Boyle, Laiuren O Donnell, Hannah Duffy, Amber Gallagher, Aoife Gallagher and Emma Hyland. U-10 Boys - Dylan Wallace was the first Rosses AC athlete home in this race followed by Odhran Fallon, Dean Timoney and Declan Ó Baoill to claim the bronze team medals. U-12 Girls - Mia Baikie led the team home in 7th place followed by Leah Mc Garvey, Chloe Murphy, Melissa Mc Gee, Ríoghnach Gallagher, Orlaith Kavannagh, Ciara Kavannagh, Shannon Mc Cready and Andrea Greene to claim the bronze team medals. U-12 Boys - Ferdia Ó Dochartaigh as Rann na Feirsde was the first Rosses AC athlete to finish followed by Patrick Marry, Aidan Mc Cole and Joe Sharkey to claim the bronze team medals. U-14 Girls - Justine Boyle was the first Rosses AC athlete to finish followed by Ailisha Greene, Nikea Mc Govern and Aisling Diver to claim the bronze team medals. U-14 Boys - Ethan Harkin as Gaoth Dobhair was the first local athlete to finish followed by Fintan Ó Dochartaigh, and Cillian Coyle. U-16 Girls - Saskia Boyle led the team home in 9th place followed by Jessica Oglesby, Rebecca Greene and Fola Mc Fadden to win the bronze medals. U-16 Boys - Rosses AC had three boys in this race and Odhrán Mac Ruairí, Aiden Gillespie and Jamie Mc Gee all ran well. U-18 Girls - we had only one athlete in this race and Caitlin O Donnell, Dore ran well to finish in 8th place. U-18 Boys - Conor Doherty and Jack Boyle ran well here in a tough race.
Rosses AC like to acknowledge the help and support of the local community in organising Sunday’s event. Thanks to Naomh Muire GAA Club for the use of their facilities, to Errigal Vintage Club for providing stewards for traffic/parking, to the Red Cross who were in charge of First Aid, to Dr Edward Harkin for medical assistance, to Eddie Hugo Ward for transporting the portaloos, Sharkey Waste for providing bins, Tony Boyle for organising the marquee, Pat Duffy and John Gallagher for communications equipment, Mark Nicholas for organising the generator, to those who provided and served refreshments, to Charlie ‘The Yank’ Boyle for acting as MC and to all the club members and other volunteers who were out on the course marshalling, providing sandwiches, cleaning up, etc. We could not have done it without you all!!!!
Action this weekend switches to Castlefinn with the teams and arrangements to be finalized at training. Contact Brid, Breege or Ita.
Rosses AC are hosting the Donegal Athletics Board AGM which will take place in Ionad Teampall Cróine, Dungloe on Mon 14th October at 8pm.
Pobal Scoil Ghaoth Dobhair are hosting the Donegal Secondary Schools Championships in Magheragallon on Tuesday 19th November.
Sportshall Athletics will begin in Ionad Spóirt na Rosann at Rosses Community School on Monday 21st October from 6.45 pm to 7.50 pm. More details next week.
There was a great turnout for the recent primary schools cross country day in Carrickfinn with a total of 314 children running on the day with many having their first taste of cross country running. Belcruit school won the small schools section with Scoil Chroine in the large schools section. Many thanks to all who helped make this a successful day.