The Sporting Brief – February 23rd



Connacht Finals

Roscommon had six finalists in the 40×20 Juvenile Connacht finals, but unlike last year’s 100% return, this year there were just two winners.

  Rory Carthy defeated Claregalway’s Stephen Kelly 15-12, 15-11 in a very tough U-13 singles encounter. Rory showed a cool head and finished the last few rallies with some lovely skills to rubber-stamp his dominance.

  Mount Talbot twins Siobhan and Aisling Treacy ran out easy 15-3, 15-1 winners over Galway’s Clare Comer and Andrea Delaney in their Girls’ U-15s doubles match. They will face Leinster opposition in the All-Ireland semi-final in two weeks’ time.

  Liam Egan and Philip Halliday came close to a miraculous comeback before going down 21-2, 21-20 in their U-16 doubles event against Mayo pair, Bobby Reilly and Niall Fleming. They were trailing 11-3 in the second having lost the first 21-2 before giving the Mayo duo a scare.

  Eoghan Carthy went down 8-15, 8-15 to Galway’s Feidhlim O’Diolluin in the U-12 singles, Shauna Clogher lost out 6-21, 4-21 to U-14 All-Ireland champion Hazel Finn of Mayo in their U-16 encounter and Carragh Kennedy was well beaten 0-15, 8-15 by Abbeyknockmoy’s Emma Kinnane at U-14.


Cross Country

Athletes from Roscommon Athletics Club took part in the National B Cross Country competition in Clarinbidge recently.

  Amy Winston won her first national medal in the U-11 1,000m race while Siofra Hession finished 17th out of 120.

 Hazel Kelly finished in 16th place in the U-13 1,500m while Anna Kiernan joined Hession, Winston and Kelly in the 4x500m club relay competition later on but the girls unfortunately finished just outside the medals.


Spring League

We tee-off in Boyle this weekend where the latest round of the Spring League sees Moira Egan, Vincent Egan and Brendan Gaffney continue to lead with an aggregate score of 119. Charlie O’Donnell, Ted Hester and Michael Rush are a close second on 122.5, with the last podium place currently occupied by Willie Tiernan, Tommy King and Jim Callery.

  To Castlerea next where the Captain’s Drive-In will take place on Sunday, March 4th at 2 pm followed by a 3 person scramble afterwards. 

  Ruairi Smith won last weekend’s 15-hole competition in Athlone with 32 points while Ned Broughall finished second on 29. The Midland Intermediate Alliance is out this Sunday (25th) at New Forest Golf Club while the Athlone Ladies tee-off the White Elephant Competition this Saturday.

  We close out the round in Roscommon where Michael Finneran claimed the recent 14-hole competition with 30 points, just ahead of Charlie Farrell in second spot also on 30.


Top of the tree

The Holly Tree remain top of the Roscommon Darts League following their impressive 6-3 win at McDermott’s last weekend. Paul Carton led by example with a 14-dart leg as well as a 100 check-out.

  The Hollywood Bar won 5-4 in their match against Molly’s where Ciaran Hickey hit a 116 finish.

  Elsewhere, The Forge edged An Bothar Rua 5-4 with the pick of the action Vinny Hannelly’s 120 check-out. Meanwhile, Creaton’s went down 6-3 to Flanagan’s.

  This week, Flanagan’s host The Holly Tree, The Forge entertain Creaton’s, McDermott’s travel to The Hollywood and Molly’s welcome An Bothar Rua.

  Roscommon’s men’s darts team suffered defeat at the annual Pete Donlon Cup at Hannon’s Hotel recently. The Rossies went down 7-5 to Ballymahon and District League following a real battle.

  In the traditional singles tournament which followed, Ballymahon’s Barney McKenna took the honours with a 5-1 win over Roscommon’s Wayne Harries in the final.