The Sporting Brief – April 13th




Beaten finalists!

St. Coman’s Fiona Tully and Leona Doolan were looking to become the first ever Roscommon Ladies to win the Senior Doubles All-Ireland title when they took on reigning three-time champions Catriona Casey and Aisling O’Keefe from the Ballydesmond club in Co. Cork at the weekend.

  It was always going to be an enormous task for the Roscommon pair against top quality opposition. Leona Doolan was also returning after a two-year break while the Roscommon pair had reached the final by virtue of a walkover and therefore hadn’t played a match before the final.

  Early on, Fiona held her own with her two-handed skill and killing ability, but the Cork girls relentlessly concentrated their serving on Leona and hammered any weak returns, running out comfortable winners 21-4, 21-5.

  Elsewhere, the re-scheduled Girls U-12 ‘B’ doubles Connacht final between Lisacul’s Sinead McGreal and Roisin McDonagh and Galway’s Cliona Ni Mharta and Roisin Ni Raifeartaigh was held in Lisacul last Sunday. Unfortunately, the Galway girls proved too strong and won in two straight games.



Colm O’Reilly won the recent 18-hole singles competition at Roscommon Golf Club with a very impressive score of 49 points while Jim Finn finished second on 43. The Gross prize went to Mario Costello on 36 while Tony McManus finished third with 41 points, which included a hole-in-one on the 6th!

  The junior prize in Roscommon was won by Michael Corcoran on 41 points.

  Over to Boyle, where Gerry O’Hara was the runaway winner of the men’s 18-hole strokeplay last weekend with 62 nett. O’Hara beat fellow Ballinafad man, Peter Leydon (68 nett) into second place. Charlie O’Donnell had the best gross score while Frank Casserly finished third (69 nett).

  The recent Shambles fundraiser was won by the team of Paul Connolly, Patrick Egan, Conor Hamill and Moira Egan with 117 points. Meanwhile, the first of the men’s weekly competitions was won by Charlie O’Donnell, who had a week to rival Patrick Reed.

  To Castlerea next where Billy Molloy (41 points) was the winner of last week’s men’s competition with Kieran Rosney in second place on 39 points. Cat 1 winner was Liam Walsh, Cat 2 went to Eugene Flanagan and Cat 3 was taken by Johnny Mahony.

  The 2018 Captains’ Drive-In took place in perfect conditions on March 19th with Captain Gerry McDonagh and Lady Captain Mamie Creaton looking forward to a successful year.

  We finish in Athlone with news that Thos O’Connor reached the last 8 of the West of Ireland on Easter weekend. Well done!

  There were plenty of winners closer to home with Rory O’Sullivan taking the Easter Open weekend with 44 points, Michael Ryan winning the Knights of Columbanus with 42 and Aidan McGrath claiming last week’s Wednesday Open with 33 points.

  In the Ladies’ competitions, Catherine Fitzgerald won ‘Better the Score’ on St. Patrick’s Day and the Shamrock Special Open while Margaret Geoghegan was the best of the 97 Club with 22 points on April 5th.