Athletics: Woodies DIY National League Final Preview

Updated: August 16, 2012

The Olympics are ‘done and dusted’ but still lots of great athletics action to come in Ireland starting this weekend when several of the Irish team are in action plus some of the potential ‘stars of tomorrow’ 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. The Crusader’s men’s 4x400m 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


Sli Cualainn AC

Crusaders AC

City of Lisburn AC

Kilkenny City Harriers

At Abbans AC

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