The Sporting Brief – February 8th




Fiona dominates in Belfast!

Fiona Tully retained her 40×20 Ladies Open title in Belfast last Saturday with a minimum of fuss. Representing Dublin City University once again, Fiona beat Sinead Meaghar from Limerick IT in the final 21-7, 21-13.

  Next up for Fiona will be the World Collegiates in the USA where she will be hotly favoured to retain the Ladies Open title she won last year.

  St. Coman’s’ Michael Egan managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory when he went down 18-21, 20-21 to Mayo’s Jonathan Conroy in their Junior ‘B’ Connnacht semi-final last Saturday night in Bofield, Co. Mayo despite having good leads in both games.

 Of the upcoming 40×20 Connacht semi-finals, the one that stands out is the Junior Singles clash between Lisacul’s Denis Creaton and Claremorris’s Patrick Murphy. This pits two well-matched players in a classic youth v experience scenario.


Title race!

McDermott’s remain top of the Roscommon Darts League following a comprehensive 7-2 win over Flanagan’s last weekend. The highlights included a 14-darter from Gary Concannon and a 15-darter from David Concannon. 

  Molly’s brushed The Hollywood aside on a 7-2 scoreline. Ciaran Hickey hit a 120 finish while Sean Fleming had a 13-dart leg.

  The Holly Tree were in impressive form as they overcame An Bothar Rua. Mick Kilroe’s 13-darter, Gary Rhattigan’s 112 check-out and Paul Carton’s 15-darter and whopping 146 check-out among the highlights.

  Finally, The Three Counties were swatted aside 7-2 by Creaton’s in last weekend’s basement battle.

  This weekend’s fixtures: Three Counties v Molly’s, McDermott’s v Creaton’s, The Hollywood Bar v An Bothar Rua, Flanagan’s v The Holly Tree.

  A quick reminder that the A1 Singles event takes place this Saturday in Spell’s of Ballaghaderreen. The action gets started at 5 pm.


Champions’ Dinner

Congratulations to Athlone’s Thomas O’Connor, who was honoured last weekend at the annual Champions’ Dinner, hosted by the Golfing Union of Ireland at Carton House. Thomas, who topped the Order of Merit, was awarded the 2018 Irish Mid-Amateur Championship trophy.

  The Winter League qualifying rounds have now been completed in Athlone and Team 10 led by Mike Glynn from Ballinasloe occupies first position. Team 21 (James Martin) and Team 33 (Conor Murphy) are second and third respectively.

  Patrick Egan won the 18-hole Stableford at Boyle Golf Club on Sunday, 28th with 39 points. Paul Connolly was second and Tom Kearney was third, both with 37. Sean Heslin won the prize for best gross score, also with 37.

  The big event in the club calendar for February is the Captain’s and Lady Captain’s ‘Drive-In’ on Sunday, February 24th when Seamus Gallagher and Regina McLoughlin will get Boyle’s golfing year off to its official start.



Tuam Gala

Coman’s sent nine swimmers to Tuam for the recent Regional Development Gala. They returned home with a great total of 12 medals!

  Philip Duda broke the one minute mark in the 100m Freestyle to take gold. He also took bronze in the 100m breaststroke while his brother Scott took home three medals.

  Alan Kilcommons took gold in the 400 Freestyle and silver in the 100m Fly. Robert Tobin and Michael Lavin achieved personal bests.

  Not to be outdone, the girls performed brilliantly too. Sinead Freeman took gold in both the 400m Freestyle and 100m Freestyle, Hollie Kilroe won two silver medals, and 9-year-old Aoife Lavin won silver in the 100m Backstroke at her first ever Regional Development meet.

  Finally, Antonina Pliszka had a personal best in the 400m Freestyle and Breaststroke. All the coaching from Kayo Jagielski at the Roscommon Leisure Centre appears to be paying off!