The curtain came down on the 2012 HSE National Community Games finals in the AIT Athlone with Kildare once again very much among the medal winners. Over the weekend Kildare won three Golds; runners up in another four events while picking up bronze twice. Kildare also collected fourth place medals in three events
Leixlip gave Kildare back-to-back Under 13 girls basketball titles with impressive displays of skill and precise scoring to first beat Kiltimagh 41-28 in semi before outclassing a good Castleisland (Kerry) team 42-26 to win gold. Team Leixlip: Ciara Bracken, Niamh Masterson, Sorcha Tiernan, Meadhbh Hanlon, Mariah Stewart, Emma Browne, Ellen Devine and Suzie Walsh.
The Newbridge St Conleth’s Under 14 tag rugby team were equally impressive in winning both their matches without too much fuss.
Ballymote (Sligo) tried to match the Kildare side but found the Kildare defence hard to break down and were unable to cope with the speed of the counter attack. The Newbridge lads ran out 13-7 winners. The final against Quin/Clooney (Clare) was much of the same with the Kildare side outscoring the Clare team 12-8 top take gold
Team St Conleths (Daniel Anderson, Evan Foley, Niall O’Connor, Mark Glynn, Brian McDonnell, Colm Hartnett, Darragh Ryan, Kevin Kyne, Mark Dempsey, Meadbh Whelan, Molly Price, Aimee McGrath)
Eadestown have dominated the U12 boys relay finals in recent years taking gold for last two years. This year’s team survived a scare in the heat finishing second after dropping a baton. They comfortably qualified for the final behind Kenmare (Kerry) before blitzing the same opposition to take the gold medals. Team Eadestown: Aidan Cassidy, Shane Sargent, Diarmuid Kilgallan, Eoin Conneff, John Lawlor and Adam Croke.
Emma Keane (Kilcullen) gave Kildare its first medal of the weekend in the Under 12 Ball throw with a throw that was only bettered by Laura Shinners (Tipperary).
Ikye Dalton from Athy had finished in front of Galway’s Charlie Naughton in the semi-Final of U8 60 metres but had to settle for silver in the final behind his Galway rival.
Jonathan Deane came up against Noah Sanni (Donegal) in both semi final and final of U14 100m finishing second each time while Omasan Ayavoro (Newbridge, St Conleth’s) won her U10 100 metre semi final before finishing second to Niamh Conlon (Clare) in the final.
Eoin Conneff got an individual bronze medal in U12 100 metres to add to his relay gold. Bronze also went to Nina Anyanwu (Newbridge, St Brigid’s) in the Under 8 80m, Nina had run extremely well in winning her heat and qualified for the final in second place. she was thrilled going home with an national medal .
Fourth place medals went to Ciara Gallagher (Naas West) in Under 16 100 metres while the Millltown U13 mixed relay team of Aaron Jacob, Jake Banahan, Mary Hamilton, Lisa Byrne, Lara Curran and Sean Tiernan also got fourth place medals.
The mini rugby team from Athy found Ballinasloe (Galway) tough to handle in their semi final losing 5-3 and then Tullycorbet (Monaghan ) outplayed them to win 6-3. All the medal winners were proud of their national medals and every competitor will treasure the memories.