A memorable Irish National Championships took place in Dublin last weekend. James Sullivan takes a look at the most successful clubs by way of the 2014 National Championships Placing Table.
The 2014 Irish Senior National Championships Placing Table is a ranking list of clubs based on finishing positions in each track and field event in Dublin last weekend. 8 points are awarded to a club for having an athlete claim a gold medal, 7 points for silver, 6 for bronze, 5 for a fourth place finish, all the way down to a solitary point for finishing eight. Clubs are ranked based on their respective total of points amassed.
In sprint events, only athletes who reach a final are eligible to score points. In a scenario where somebody records a DNF or receives a DQ in a sprint final, such an athlete receives no points for finishing in eight place, and the best ranked, non qualified, athlete from the heats or B-Final is also not eligible to score.
This list is not intended as a definitive ranking system. It is as clear as day that some events last weekend had far more depth than others. But this ranking table serves as a general guide to the relative success of the various clubs at this year’s National Championships.
1) Clonliffe Harriers – 109 pts
The clear winner with 109 points, Clonliffe Harriers racked up a total of 23 top 8 placings. The Santry based club took home four gold medals. Newly recruited Liam Zamel Paez took the honours in the men’s high jump at his debut Irish Championships. Ian Rogers was the victor in the men’s pole vault, while the club crossed the line first in the men’s 4x100m relay. The most notable performance was that of Zurich bound Brian Gregan who was a comfortable winner of the men’s 400m and is rounding into improved form in time for the European Championships.
2) Leevale – 87 pts
With 15 top 8 placings, comprising nine medals, Leevale had a very successful 2014 senior championships. The Cork based club matched Clonliffe’s total of four gold medals, with Ciaran O’Lionaird’s victory in a stacked 1500m field being the standout performance. Sam Healy in the men’s long jump, Alex Wright in the men’s 10k walk and the women’s 4x400m relay team were the other victors.
3) Raheny Shamrock – 76 pts
Dublin club Raheny finished a comfortable third with 15 top 8 placings, including three gold medals. Zoe Brown defeated rival Tori Pena to take her first national title in the women’s pole vault, and will travel to Zurich next month in the form of her life. Jamie Davis was a shock winner of the men’s 100m final in a race marred by three false starts, while Michael Clohisey was an impressive victor in the men’s 10000m.
4) Ferrybank – 56 pts
Always a strong performer, Ferrybank once again excelled at this year’s National Seniors with a total of ten top 8 finishes, comprising four medals. The Waterford club finished on top of the rostrum on four occasions over the weekend. Thomas Barr, a strong medal contender at the upcoming European Championships in Zurich, cruised to victory in the men’s 400m Hurdles, while Cara Kennedy was the winner of the women’s hammer. Kelly Proper, selected for the 200m in Zurich, achieved the 200m and long jump double, and claimed a bronze in the 100m for good measure.
5) Crusaders – 54 pts
In a tie for fifth place is Irishtown based Crusaders, who claimed ten top 8 placings, including six medals. The Dublin club’s strongest performances came in the throwing disciplines with Connor McCullough (hammer) and Colin Quirke (discus) claiming gold. Quirke added a silver in the shot putt for a highly successful individual weekend.
5) Dundrum South Dublin – 54 pts
With eleven top 8 performances, comprising five medals, Dundrum South Dublin tied with Crusaders for fifth place. Most of the strongest performances came from the women, with Anita Fitzgibbon claiming the club’s solitary gold medal in the women’s javelin. Sinead Denny was narrowly beaten into the silver medal position in the women’s 400m, recording the same time as the winner Mandy Gault from Lagan Valley. Maria McCambridge added to her tally of national medals with a silver in the women’s 5000m.
7) St Abbans – 39 pts
The only club in the top ten without a gold medal to their name, St Abbans had a tremendously successful National Championships with eight top 8 placings, and five medals. The Laois outfit took home four silver medals; Paul Byrne (men’s 400m Hurdles), Eoin Kelly (men’s triple jump), Saragh Buggy (women’s triple jump) and the men’s 4x400m. Brian Kelly rounded out a great championships for the club with bronze in the 800m behind Mark English.
8) Carrick-on-Shannon – 34 pts
While only claiming five top 8 placings, Carrick-on-Shannon won a strong four medals. Eanna Madden was a joint gold medal winner in the men’s 200m with Menapians athlete David Hynes. He followed this up with silver in the 100m, narrowly missing out on the double by thousands of a second. Gerard O’Donnell also claimed gold for the Leitrim club in the 110m Hurdles, and Gerard O’Donnell took home bronze behind Thomas Barr and Paul Byrne in the men’s 400m Hurdles.
9) Tralee Harriers – 33 pts
Tralee Harriers finished in the top 8 on six occasions last weekend, taking back to Kerry three medals in the field events. Clare Fitzgerald completed a throws double, claiming gold in both the women’s shot putt and discus. Sinead O’Connor finished in the bronze medal position in the women’s triple jump.
10) North Down – 32 pts
With seven top 8 placings, North Down squeeze into the top ten, and are the highest ranked Ulster club this year. Their most notable performances were gold in the men’s 4x400m relay and bronze for Thomas Reynolds in the men’s 110m Hurdles.
For the full Placing Table see the below excel attachment.