National Series 2017 - Round 16 Update On Saturday, the 16th and final race of the 2017 National Series took place at Moby Dick Triathlon in Youghal, bringing Ireland's largest triathlon competition to an exciting close.With a reduced number of races being awarded NS status compared to previous years, and Cat 1 athletes not contesting for points, the 2017 National Series has been extremely competitive - so much so after five months of racing, the final day of competition saw the overall lead change in more than one competition.Corrections/Queries/AppealsAlmost 2,500 athletes have raced the National Series in 2017 and from time to time omissions or errors in results, or membership status issues require ranking re-calculations.If you have a query about your National Series points total - please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org before 5pm on Monday October 9th.Following this deadline, the National Series tables will be considered final.Men's National SeriesJames Hoare didn't need to compete in the final round of the National Series as his position at the top of the men's table was all but assured, regardless of what happened at Moby Dick.As mentioned last week, the Piranha athlete has had a very impressive 2017 and was either the outright winner or the first NS scorer in all but one of his races this season.Hoare finishes on 482.711 points - 9.402 points clear of the late charging Noel Kavannagh of Wicklow TC.With just three races completed up until Saturday, Kavannagh lay well down in the table but leapt almost to the top following his performance at Moby Dick.He finishes the season on 473.309 points - enough for him to overtake the man who had previously occupied second place - James Cleland.Cleland raced seven NS events in 2017 but Moby Dick was not one of them and so he was unable to replace a lower scoring result and retain his position behind Hoare.He finishes on 467.552 points which he scored from 795 Carlow, DCT, City of Derry and Belfast Titanic.Women's National SeriesLike James Hoare in the men's table, Maeve Maher McWilliam's position at the top of the women's National Series never looked likely to be threatened on the final day, such as the points total she had amassed through the season.With 471.116 points scored, Maher McWilliams was able to sit out Moby Dick and finishes the season 8.352 points clear of second place. See how the Belpark TC athlete earned her total in Round 15's points update.The real excitement in the women's table came in the battle for the 2nd and 3rd places however, and this battle was the scene of one of the most exciting and closest finishes in National Series history. The two protagonists were Cobh TC's Jessica Bruton and Cork TC's Amy O'Keeffe, who came in to the race in 2nd and 3rd places overall separated by a mere two points.Bruton had already raced an impressive seven NS events before Moby Dick while O'Keeffe was a late charger in the points table and only hit the front when she completed her 4th race at the Lost Sheep.And so the stage was set for a decider at Moby Dick with both women lining out in the last race of the season for what turned out to be an almost unbelievably exciting final showdown.With Bruton two points ahead, she had to either beat O'Keeffe or finish close behind her to stay ahead in the NS table. But few could have predicted the battle that ensued with Bruton's lead very much under threat during the race as O'Keeffe pulled ahead by more than two minutes as she went out on the run.Had things ended this way, O'Keeffe would have clinched 2nd spot on the NS table from Bruton but the Cobh woman dug in on the run and pulled back almost all of that time. She crossed the line six seconds behind O'Keeffe and earned 116.678 points to O'Keeffe's 116.834 points.This meant that O'Keeffe clawed back 0.156 points on Bruton but fell an agonising 0.106 points short of overtaking her in the NS table. Had O'Keeffe managed to run five seconds quicker in Moby Dick she might have earned those remaining points - such was the tightness of the margin on the final day of the series.Mixed Club Competition There was also plenty of final day movement in the club rankings with a fierce battle between Piranha and Belpark for the top spots.In the Mixed Club competition, Belpark went in to Moby Dick on 2677.539 points against Piranha's 2666.113 points - a margin of 11.52 points.Great performances by Piranha's Brianne Mulvihill, Richie Dooley and Kevin Beades however saw the club increase its haul by 15.52 points to a total of 2689.702 points.This put Piranha just four points ahead of Belpark in the final reckonings - 0.148% of a difference amassed by six athletes each racing four events.Meanwhile Naas TC also made a late dash in the mixed club rankings - overtaking Pulse on the last day of the season to clinch third place on 2587.193 points from Wicklow TC in 4th and Pulse TC in 5th.Men's Club CompetitionAs expected, Piranha TC retained their stranglehold on the men's club series, finishing the season on 2729.925 points - 58.2 points ahead of Belpark's men.There was heartbreak for Clonmel however as they were overtaken by Naas TC who finished in 3rd place on 2533.897 points.Women's Club CompetitionIn the women's club competition, Belpark did manage to hold on to their lead over Piranha to finish the season on 2583.284 points - 15 ahead of their Dublin rivals.Third place was also occupied by a Dublin club with Pulse finishing the women's rankings on 2465.004 - 35 points ahead of Galway TC in 4th.