The Sporting Brief – April 19th




Tullys triumph!

St. Coman’s sisters Fiona and Siobhán Tully had a big win last Thursday in Leixlip, Co. Kildare when they defeated Kilkenny pair Ciara Mahon and Aoife Holden in the All-Ireland semi-final of the Ladies Open Doubles 21-18, 21-9.

  Strangely enough, this competition is the first time the sisters have teamed up together but they looked quite comfortable with each other and booked a final showdown with reigning champions Caitriona Casey and Aisling O’Keefe from Cork in Kingscourt, Co. Cavan on April 27th.

  The Lisacul-St. Coman’s partnership of Gordon Nolan and Michael Egan emerged victorious from their Junior ‘B’ Doubles All-Ireland semi-final against Cavan’s McManus and Smyth last Saturday in St. Coman’s, 21-19, 17-21, 21-16. They now face Tipperary opposition on the same bill as the Tully sisters on April 27th.

  Roscommon had six finalists in the 40×20 Juvenile ‘B’ Connacht finals held in both Lisacul and Ballaghaderreen last Sunday but unfortunately had no winners.



Shield winners!

An Bothar Rua finished their Roscommon Darts League season on a high when they took home the Shield following a comfortable 5-2 won over Creaton’s of Loughglynn in the recent final at Hannon’s Hotel in Roscommon town.

  The Elphin outfit were made to work for their win despite taking an early 2-0 lead. Creaton’s had clawed their way back into the final and trailed 3-2 after the fifth game. An Bothar Rua were not to be denied however and they won the remaining three games at a canter to triumph.



Rattigan’s reign!

Rattigan’s hammered Carty’s Central 5-0 at a packed Larry’s Bar last Friday night to wrestle the Roscommon Town & District Pool League title from the defending champions’ grasp. The sides had been tied at eight-all following two legs and so it came down to this play-off.

  Damien Parker and Darren Greenfield gave them a hard fought 2-0 advantage while Jonny Sweeney was clinical in potting the black to win the cup for Rattigan’s. Captain Peter Devaney thanked Carty’s, the Rattigan family for supporting the team, and Larry’s bar for hosting last Friday’s play-off. 



Lynch Cup

We begin our round-up in Carrick where over 80 players took part in the Lynch Cup qualifier last weekend. The best score came from Paul Kelleher with 43 points while Darren Conlon was second with 38.

  The Ladies’ Alliance Final Day and Captain’s Prize will take place this Easter Saturday (20th) with tee times from 11 am to 12 pm. It will be run in conjunction with the Open competition.

  To Roscommon next, where Serena O’Farrell won the recent Ladies’ 18-hole competition with 35 points, just two ahead of Mary Lalor in second and three ahead of Gertie Spillane in third. Congratulations to Ruth Lennon on a super 9th hole, hole-in-one!

 Meanwhile, Sandra Kelly won the recent Ladies’ Senior’s competition while Sean Brennan was best of the men.

  Athlone were edged by Portumna in last Saturday’s All-Ireland Fourball Inter-Club competition. Portumna winning the deciding match on the 20th hole.

  Nenagh’s David Reddan Jnr. hit the best gross score (74) in the Senior Scratch Cup hosted by Michael Moore Mercedes Benz. Conor Stone (Carton House) was second while Roscommon’s Simon Walker finished third. Athlone’s Sean Doyle was fourth (75) while Eoin McGrath had the best nett score (80).

  Gerry Brennan (41 points) won last Wednesday’s Open, Eugene Rafferty won the AWGS competition and Kathleen Shaw was victorious in the Ladies’ 97 Club.

  Finally, Connacht and All-Ireland champions, Roscommon CBS, defended the Tony Kearney Cup on Tuesday, April 9th.

  CBS  breezed past the Presentation College, Athenry in the semi-final before facing HRC Mountbellew in the final. Following wins for Thomas Higgins, Cian O’Connor and Fionn Hoare and with Simon Walker’s match called in at two up with two holes to play, CBS were crowned champions.

  They will now defend their All-Ireland title in Portstewart over the Easter holidays, facing the Ulster champions in the semi-final.