The Sporting Brief – February 2nd



Weekly round-up

We start our weekly round-up in Boyle where the winners of the recent Gents’ Fourball Betterball were Ross Andrew and Gerry Carty with 42 points, closely followed by Vincent and Lorcan Egan on 41.

  To Athlone next where Margaret Byrne won the recent Ladies’ 12-hole competition with 20 points.

  D O’Donoghue was the winner of the recent AWGS competition with 36 points. J Burns took Class 1 with 34, M Healy Class 2 with 31 and B Nott Class 3 with 31. PJ Martin was best of the veterans with 25 points.

  It was with deep sadness the club learned of the passing of Nancy Kearney, RIP on January 12th. Nancy was a long time member of Athlone Golf Club and served in a variety of roles in the club including Lady Captain and Club President. Sincerest sympathies are extended to her husband Sean and daughter Brid who are both members of the club, to her daughter Aiveen, sons Vincent and Shane and all her extended family. May she rest in peace.

   The Ladies Club AGM was held recently in Castlerea and the committee for 2018 was formed: Mamie Creaton (Lady Captain), Elizabeth Devine (Vice-Lady Captain), Catherine Collins (Treasurer), Marian Caulfield (Secretary), Angela Rowntree (Handicap Secretary), Eileen Freyne (Competitions Secretary), Dympna McGarry (Assistant Competitions Secretary), Laura Griffith, Valerie Callaghan, Margaret Waters.


Lisacul treble!

It was a great week for the Lisacul Handball Club as they won the three Junior 40×20 county finals they contested.

  Denis Creaton regained top spot at Junior ‘A’ level when he beat St. Coman’s hard-hitting Darren Beatty with a very polished performance.

  Creaton came through a tough first game 21-17 before taking the second 21-6.

  The Junior ‘B’ final was a repeat of last year’s final, but this time Lisacul’s Gordon Nolan had to work very hard to beat St. Coman’s hard-running Darragh ‘Techno’ O’Gara.

  Nolan just nicked the first 21-19 before staging a comeback in the second to clinch it 21-14.

  Gordon’s brother Barry made it a nice family double when he defeated Mount Talbot’s Liam O’Ceallaigh in their Junior ‘C’ encounter 21-8, 21-9.

  Roscommon had three competitors in the 40×20 Connacht 2nd Level Colleges competition at St. Coman’s with one surprise winner in Siobhan Treacy in the Girls Junior singles grade. The Roscommon Community College student overcame Spiddle’s Aoife Nic Dhonnacha 10-15, 15-9, 15-5.

  Her schoolmates Shauna Clogher and Carragh Kennedy were beaten in Junior Doubles. Despite a nervy start the girls came back strongly and were a little unlucky to lose 0-15, 15-7, 10-15.

  Liam Egan had the dubious pleasure of facing World Champion Mikey Kelly from Clarin College who put on an exhibition of effortless handball beating Liam comfortably in their Junior singles final.