The Sporting Brief – December 8th



Castlerea champs!

Castlerea Community School senior girls are regional ‘B’ champions following a hard earned victory over Claregalway last Friday.

  There was nothing between the sides for most of the game but Castlerea finished strongly for a deserved win.

  The cadets, meanwhile, were desperately unlucky to lose 33-32. They were completely in control until three players fouled out. With only five players left, Oughterard finally took the lead in the final seconds despite a huge effort from Castlerea to hold on.

  The seniors go into the All-Ireland play-offs.

The cadets go into a preliminary round. The first and second year girls play Glenamaddy this Friday.


Heslin wins!

We tee-off this week in Boyle, where Sean Heslin won the recent 18-hole stableford with a score of 41 points. Patrick Egan finished second (38), Owen Garvin third (36) and Jim Mooney won the gross prize.

  Next Sunday’s competition is the Christmas Bonanza and everyone who plays gets to take home something. So if you haven’t featured in the winner’s enclosure in 2017, this might be as good as it gets!

  To Roscommon, where the men’s 15-hole competition was won by Alan Craven (34 points). Alan finished just ahead of Oliver Dempsey who also had 34 points, while Brian Feeley took the gross prize.

  The turkey competition was won by Michael Healy while the men’s seniors’ 15-hole went to Ollie Hannon.

  We finish in Athlone this week with news that Eamon McManus stormed to last Sunday’s 15-hole competition with a great score of 37 points.

  Meanwhile, Tom Donohue won the recent turkey competition while PJ Martin took home the Christmas Hamper. Frank McGowan Jnr won the club competition the previous week and the ladies’ competition was won by Anne Egan Farrell. 


Feeney’s silverware

John Paul Feeney came through a field of 32 last Sunday in the fantastic Flanagan’s of Castleplunkett to retain the John Kearney Cup, beating Flanagan’s Francis Hussey 5-3 in the final.

  The final was tightly contested from the outset with most of the legs going with throw. They shared the first four legs and it wasn’t until Feeney got a break of throw in the sixth that daylight began to develop.

  However, Hussey didn’t go down without a fight and a break of his own closed the gap to one leg (4-3) before scores of 140, 135 and 85 gave Feeney the eight and final leg.

  Elsewhere, The Holly Tree put on a show last Friday night with a resounding 7-2 win over Flanagan’s to leave them joint top of the table heading into the last game before Christmas.

  They raced into a 7-0 lead before Flanagan’s fought back in the final two legs. The Holly Tree’s Shane Connolly hit a 120 checkout during his brave but ultimately unsuccessful fight-back against Noel Ryan.

  Elsewhere, The Forge were equally impressive against Creaton’s (7-2) while The Hollywood and Molly’s enjoyed 5-4 wins over McDermott’s and An Bothar Rua respectively.