Galway athletes in action for Ireland at international meet

GCH and NUIG athletes were in action in Scotland on Saturday as part of a six-team international match indoors.

GCH stars Cillín Greene, Robert McDonnell, together with current UCD member and GCH alumna Alanna Lally competed for an Irish selection at the inaugural DNA Indoor meet in Glasgow, while Roland Surlis of NUI Galway AC made his international debut at senior level.

The new format DNA Athletics event took place over two hours with a mix of team and individual events on the programme, with Ireland placed a creditable third of six teams - Spain the winning team.

Greene and McDonnell competed in the 4x200m relay for Ireland, helping the team to fourth spot in the race, while Lally and Surlis competed in the new hunt event in which four athletes run over distances from 800m down to 600m 400m and 200m. Lally led the team on the first 800m leg, with Surlis taking the 600m section, helping the team to a third-place finish.

National Indoor League Final: Galway City Harriers men’s and women’s teams compete in the final of the National Indoor Track and Field League at the National Indoor Arena in Dublin on Saturday. GCH are expected to field a strong women's squad, likely to include Nicole Walsh and Emma Moore, while Keith Fallon and Sean Breathnach will aim to assist GCH men’s squad to a podium position.

National Intermediate and Masters Indoor Cross Country: This weekend sees the final National Cross-Country event of the season at club level, with the National Masters and Intermediate Cross-Country championships being held in Castlelyons, Co Cork.

Galway county teams, led by manager Sean McDermott, will target medal glory with strong men’s intermediate and masters teams. The intermediate team includes Abaas Edris of Castlegar and Jamie Fallon of Craughwell.

Ellen Moran of GCH will target a top 10 women's finish in the intermediate race, and both Galway’s and GCH Masters women's squads look especially strong with Kathryn Casserly in flying form at the moment. The juvenile B championships will take place prior to the adult events at the same venue.

Galway County Indoors: The first two days of the Galway County indoors take place this weekend in Athlone IT. The Juvenile U12-16 events taking place on Saturday from 10 am. U17 to U19 and senior events will take place tomorrow (Friday ) from 6.30pm.

Connacht Schools Cross Country: The Secondary Schools Cross Country season continued with the Connacht Schools Cross Country finals in Bushfield, Loughrea on Sunday.

There were Galway wins for the second week running from Stephen Ruane, representing Calasanctius College, Oranmore, who won the minor boys' race after a great battle with Oisin Maher of Clifden CS who took second.

Declan O’Connell again matched this with a comfortable win in the junior boys' race for Clarin College, while in the senior boys' event, Oisín Davis claimed victory, while leading a strong Presentation College Athenry team to glory with a dominant win.

In the girls' races, Molly Smith of Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin won the junior race ahead of Eva Ruane and Aoibheann Reddington, while Helena O Keefe placed third in the senior girls for Woodford.


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