The Sporting Brief – April 20th



Molly’s are champions!

Molly’s are the new Roscommon Darts League champions following their convincing 5-2 win over An Bothar Rua at Hannon’s Hotel last Saturday.

  A large crowd was treated to what was a fitting end to another top class season of local darts as the Ballaghaderreen side raced into a 3-0 lead over the Elphin men before Mick Egan and Thomas Fitzgerald threatened a fight back.

  However, Molly’s weren’t to be denied the title and the team which finished third in this season’s league standings eventually killed An Bothar Rua off when Patrick Tansey beat James Sharkey in the deciding game.

  The Atty Hynes Memorial Cup was presented by Matthew Hynes to winning captain Mikey O’Grady and his Molly’s teammates.


Powell Power!

Coláiste Chiaráin student and Athlone native, Robbie Powell, has been making a splash on the national stage. Powell won gold recently in the 50m Freestyle and silver in the 100m Freestyle at the Irish LC National Championships in Dublin last weekend. He has now qualified for the selection panels for the upcoming European Junior Swimming Championships, (4th – 8th July) in Helsinki, Finland and the World Youth Olympic Games, (6th – 18th October) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  The sixth year student now has an opportunity to swim for his country on the international stage. Well done Robbie!


Weekly winners

We start our weekly round-up in Roscommon where Joan O’Gara took the recent ladies’ 18-hole stableford with 37 points while Tresina Smyth claimed the senior 9-hole competition which Noreen O’Grady had won the week before.

  The men’s 18-hole stableford and the Michael Craven Memorial Cup was won by Patrick Farnon with 42 points, just ahead of Francie Grehan in second place on 40.

  To Castlerea next where Mary Kenny was best of the ladies with 38 points and Alan Devine claimed the recent men’s competition by the narrowest of margins with 36 points.

  Off the course, the club held a very successful fundraising table quiz and the organisers are very grateful for the support.

  We head north to Boyle where Brendan Gaffney won the men’s 9-hole competition last Thursday. Brendan finished ahead of Patrick Egan and Michael Rush in second and third respectively.

  On the recent club outing to St. Margaret’s in Dublin, Mary O’Hara hit a notable double by winning the ‘longest drive’ and ‘nearest the pin’ prizes while Michael Simon was best of the men and Joey Mullaney best of the ladies.

  Back at home David Purser claimed last Sunday’s 18-hole stableford with 41 points, edging out Frank Casserly on countback.

  We finish in Athlone where Liam Browne’s 42 won 1st nett in the recent 3Ts Gent’s competition. The Wednesday Open on the 11th was won by Bill Kennedy while the AWGS on the 12th was claimed by M Gibson.

  Maeve Holmes won the ladies’ PGA Tankard with 37 points and Eleanor Larkin was best of the 97 Club with 21 points.