It was great to hear news of the young Crusaders who qualified for the national relays finals at Nenagh recently. Last year it was the U12 and U13 girls that shlepped up to Magherafelt. They finished 9th and 7th respectively and we had a great day.

This year the girls are, of course, a year older and therefore they formed U13 and U14 teams. Both again qualified for the finals from the Dublin Championships. This year the U12 boys qualified alongside them, the results being as follows.

U12B – Allen, Barry, Saunders, Walsh 6th
U13G – Doran, Ferry (N), O’Leary, Shields 6th
U14G – Barry, Deevy, McGuill, Murray 8th

My correspondent, coach Moira Loschler, tells me that once again a great time was had by all. The kids especially enjoyed running on the banked boards at Nenagh. Maybe it’s because the Crusaders’ junior section is so new but it’s a feature that all the youngsters genuinely seem to love the sport and competition in particular.

I’ll be seeing them all again in June and I can’t wait!