The Sporting Brief – April 5th



Spring League

We begin our round-up in Roscommon where the Ladies Spring League Final was won by Annie Timothy’s team which also included Marie Mc Manus, Jackie Maxwell, Mary O’Connor, Sandra Kelly, Mary Cunningham, Aileen O’Gara and Jacqueline McCormack.

  The recent Ladies competition was won by Carmel Walker with 34 points while The Roscommon People sponsored Men’s Stableford competition was won by Thomas O’Farrell with 40 points. Charlie Farrell was runner-up (38), Michael Corcoran took the gross prize (33), Tom Donohue was third (38) and the junior prize went to Kevin Connaughton (38).

  The Ladies Senior’s competition was won by Jackie Maxwell while the men’s competition went to Michael O’Connor.

  Well done also to junior golfer Thomas Higgins who qualified to play in the West of Ireland competition. Commiserations to Simon Walker who narrowly missed out.

  To Athlone, where Maeve Holmes (29 points) won the Ladies 15-Hole competition and Jean McGowan was victorious in the 97 Club (19 points).

  Pat Carolan won the recent AWGS outing with 33 points while the veteran’s prize went to John Kinahan with 22. The recent Knights of Columbanus competition was won by Denis O’Donoghue (39).

  Boyle was the venue for a two-person scramble last weekend and the winners were Terry Canning and Ross Andrew with 61.6 nett. Ross will be hoping his recent streak continues until the voucher competition at the end of April!  Elsewhere, the Carrick Ladies’ Captain’s Prize will now take place on Easter Saturday (April 20th) while the Lunney’s Daybreak Hi-Low Spring Spree continued last weekend.

  Finally to Castlerea, where Valerie Rabbitt won the recent ladies competition with 37 points and Paddy Dolan emerged at the top of the men’s leaderboard with 41 points.


Artistic Women!

Well done to all Athlone Gymnastics Club members who competed in the Women’s Artistic All Around Competition last weekend.

  Congratulations also to Athlone Gymnastics Club for their recent St. Patrick’s Day Parade win in the sporting category!


San Fran Pro Stop

St. Coman’s’ Fiona Tully travelled all the way to San Francisco to take part in her first ever 40×20 Pro Stop (professional) tournament. Despite being the youngest competitor in the event, Fiona impressed onlookers by reaching the semi-finals where she was beaten by current All-Ireland Ladies Senior champion and multiple Pro Stop winner, Catriona Casey from Cork.

  Roscommon competed in three 40×20 Doubles Connacht finals over the weekend, unfortunately there was just one winner from the county.

  The Lisacul-St. Coman’s pairing of Gordon Nolan and Michael Egan were victorious in their Junior ‘B’ encounter with an Inis Oirr’s Naoise Ó Flatharta and Mairtin Seoighe  on a scoreline of 21-16, 21-7 to complete an impressive Connacht campaign.

  The Ladies Junior ‘B’ pairing of Laura Mannion and Aoife McDonagh, another St. Coman’s-Lisacul collaboration, were very unlucky in their match with Sligo’s Laura Finn and Sarah Coleman, losing out 21-15, 20-21, 12-21.

  Ladies Junior doubles Linda Connolly and Siobhan Tully were well beaten (10-21, 6-21) by strong Galway pair Eimear Ni Bhiadha and Aisling Ni Mhaoileain in Aughagower, Co. Mayo last Saturday.

  Meanwhile, there were three matches in the Juvenile ‘B’ County championships in Lisacul last Sunday morning.

  In the ‘match of the day’, Lisacul’s Sean Corrigan overcame the tough challenge of St. Coman’s’ Luke Shally in a terrific U-11 encounter, 15-9, 9-15, 15-13.

  In the U-11 doubles, St. Coman’s’ Cormac Naughton and Seamie Carthy beat Lisacul’s John Reilly and Niall McGreal 15-9, 15-12 in a competitive affair.

  The Girls U-12 doubles saw St. Coman’s’ Ella Bailey and Shona Kennedy beating Lisacul’s Grace Melvin and Sarah McDermott 15-0, 15-3.


Basketball Camp in Castlerea

There will be a one day basketball camp at The Hub in Castlerea on Wednesday, April 17th catering for boys and girls aged between 9 and 15 years of age. Members of the victorious Castlerea Kings side which won the Lonleitros League and Cup double recently. Contact 086-8765459 for more details.