Ireland’s top athletics clubs will battle it out for honours at the Woodie’s DIY League Track and Final League Final in Tullamore on Sunday 19th of August.
Clonliffe Harriers, who competed earlier in the year in Slovakia in Group B of the European Clubs Track and Field Championships, are aiming for an impressive fifth Premier Men’s title. The Harriers were winners in 2011 winning by 17 points over St.Abbans AC and may have an advantage this year with European finalist Brian Gregan rounding off his season in top form, recently recording a new PB of 45.63 at the European Championships in Helsinki and bettering it again at the Morton Games in Santry running 45.61. The Crusader’s men’s 4×400m team will also be one to watch after recently smashing the Irish record in a time of 3:10.59 with Jason Harvey, Eoin Mulhall, Steven Colvert and Brian Murphy all stepping up for the relay at the Final.
Clonliffe have the leading points tally going into the Final from Round 1 and 2, with 235.5 points however they do have Leevale and St Abbans AC hot on their tail with 233.5 and 223 points respectively.
The Dundrum South Dublin AC women’s team finished in a superb sixth place at the European Clubs Championships in Monte Gordo, Portugal on the 26th/27th of May. They are currently the reigning Premier Women’s Champions and will be looking to defend their title and are also the points leaders after the first two rounds with 235 points followed by Ferrybank with 204 points. DSD may have a slight advantage with Siofra Clerigh Buttner and Olympian Claire Bergin competing, however Ferrybank will be putting up a fight with Irish Heptathlon record holder Mairead Murphy and Olympian Jessie Barr making an appearance.
The Premier Women’s sprint events will be hotly contested with European Championship competitor Amy Foster (City of Lisburn AC), Niamh Whelan (Ferrybank AC), Joan & Phil Healy (Bandon AC) and Irish 100m record holder Ailis McSweeny (Leevale AC) all battling it out.
The Division One men and women is wide open with Donore AC in the Men’s on 230 points followed closely by St Lawrence O’Toole AC who are on 228 and City of Derry in the women’s having the lead points tally from round one and two followed by St Abbans AC.
The two top men & women teams of Division 1 in the Final will be promoted to Premier Division.
Teams Competing This Weekend
|Premier Men||Premier Women||Division 1 Men||Division 1 Women|
|Raheny Shamrocks||Kerry Athletics||Clare County||Sligo County|
|Galway City Harriers||Ferrybank AC||Sli Cualainn AC||Athletics Louth|
|Leevale AC||Bandon AC||An Riocht||Wexford County|
|St. Abbans AC||Raheny Shamrocks||Bandon AC||Youghal AC|
|Dundrum South Dublin||Dundrum South Dublin||Donore Harriers||City of Derry AC|
|North Down AC||Clonliffe Harriers||Sligo County||West Waterford AC|
|Clonliffe Harriers||Leevale AC||SLOT AC||Sli Cualainn AC|
|Crusaders AC||City of Lisburn AC||Kilkenny City Harriers||At Abbans AC|