While Limerick’s senior hurling team were breaking Galway hearts in Croke Park, a younger generation of athletes marched on Shannonside last weekend (August 17th – 19th) and brought home 24 medals for Galway at the Aldi National Community Games Finals in University of Limerick.
Galway brought a strong squad to one of the biggest events in the Irish sporting calendar and came home successful with 10 gold medals, nine silver and five bronze.
Athenry were the top area taking nearly half (11) Galway’s total. Liam Shaw won the under 14 boys shot putt gold medal and Corey Walker finished top in the 26kg boys judo.
The under 15 girls Soccer team and under 13 mixed relay side also came out with silver medals along with Calum Healy (under 14 boys hurdles), Daniel Tuohy (boys 42kg judo), Lucas Togashi (boys 50kg judo), Siobhan Crowley (girls 26kg judo) and Rosa Higgins (girls 38kg judo).
And to complete their impressive collection, Joshua Moore (boys 30kg judo) and Molly Noone (girls 34kg judo) achieved bronze medals for Athenry.
Bullaun/New Inn came home with three medals led by Hazel Fahy who won gold in the girls under 10 hurdles. The under 14 camogie team also picked up silver medals with Darragh Fahy adding a bronze in the boys under 12 100 metres.
Annaghdown were winners of two medals but they celebrate double gold. Dylan McGrath came first in the boys 38kg judo and Elizabeth Healy was first across the line in the girls under 8 80 metres.
And Clarinbridge were also multiple medal winners with two teams achieving high standards. Their boys under 12 soccer team could call themselves the best in Ireland winning gold. And the under 11 Hurling team also brought home success with their bronze medals.
There were also six other areas who didn’t leave Limerick without silverware. Knocknacarra won the under 13 Futsal competition and Oranmore/Maree were the top team in the under 10 mixed Gaelic Football.
Moycullen’s Sean Walsh maintained Galway’s strong record in the under 12 boys long puck taking gold. And Ballinasloe’s Ava McKeon jumped fastest getting first place in the girls under 14 hurdles.
Kilnadeema/Leitrim didn’t leave empty handed as they were silver medal winners in the girls under 13 Spikeball. And Caherlistrane/Kilcoona’s Ella Brennan showed plenty of promise for the future as she won bronze in the girls under 8 60 metres.
A rewarding weekend for thousands of young competitors across the country, Galway acquitted themselves with many wonderful memories for everyone and 24 medals to cherish for a lifetime.
|U/14 Camogie||Bullaun/New Inn||Silver|
|U/11 Hurling A||Clarinbridge||Bronze|
|U/13 Girls Spikeball||Kilnadeema Leitrim||Silver|
|U/16 Boys Pitch & Putt||Craughwell||4th Place Medal|
|Girls U/13 Futsal||Knocknacarra||Gold|
|U/10 Gaelic Football||Oranmore/Maree||Gold|
|U/12 Boys Soccer||Clarinbridge||Gold|
|U/15 Girls Soccer||Athenry||Silver|
|U/8, 80m||Lucas Slattery. Dunmore/G/K||4th Place Medal|
|U/12,100M||Darragh Fahy Bullaun/New Inn||Bronze|
|U/12, 600M||Kyle Fitzgerald Claregalway/L||4th Place medal|
|U/14 Hurdles||Calum Healy Athenry||Silver|
|U/13 m Relay||Athenry||Silver|
|U/12 Long Puck||Sean Walsh Moycullen||Gold|
|U/14 Shot Putt||Liam Shaw Athenry||Gold|
|26kg||Corey Walker Athenry||Gold|
|30kg||Joshua Moore Athenry||Bronze|
|34kg||Jonah Walker Athenry||4th Place Medal|
|38kg||Dylan McGrath Annaghdown||Gold|
|42kg||Daniel Tuohy Athenry||Silver|
|50kg||Lucas Togashi Athenry||Silver|
|Event||GIRLS TRACK EVENTS||Results|
|U/8, 60m||Ella Brennan Caherlistrane/K||Bronze (B Competition|
|U/8, 80m||Elizabeth Healy, Annaghdown||Gold|
|U/10 Hurdles||Hazel Fahy Bullaun/New Inn||Gold|
|U/14 Hurdles||Ava McKeon Ballinalsoe||Gold|
|26kg||Siobhan Crawley Athenry||Silver|
|34kg||Molly Noone Athenry||Bronze|
|38kg||Rosa Higgins Athenry||Silver|