The sporting brief – February 9th




Tully triumphs!

Fiona Tully had a busy Saturday last weekend as she claimed yet another All-Ireland title in Cavan before making an appearance at the Handball All-Star Awards in Croke Park later that evening (see page 2).

  Representing DCU in Kingscourt, Co. Cavan, Tully added the 40×20 3rd Level Colleges Ladies Open Singles to the doubles equivalent she had won before Christmas.

  Tully was in fine form and overcame UL’s Doireann Murphy 21-6, 21-8 in the quarter-finals before beating long time rival, Elise McCrory of University of Jordanstown, 21-16, 21-5 in the last four.

  Ciara Mahon of Trinity College Dublin was to provide opposition in the final but the St. Coman’s star triumphed 21-19, 21-10 to take yet another All-Ireland title on her way to a memorable weekend.

  Following her latest victory, Fiona will now most likely be top seed and favoured to take the upcoming World Collegiate Ladies Open title in the United States.


Youths make final

The Roscommon ‘A’ Youths enjoyed a very impressive West Coast Challenge last Saturday in Co. Mayo. Beating Mayo A (4-1) and Donegal A (3-2) en route to the final, the Rossies were unfortunately beaten 3-1 by Donegal B as they missed out on the title.

  The men’s county team, captained by Wayne Harries, opened their tournament with a 7-5 win over Galway in Round 1 before beating Mayo B 8-4 in Round 2. A convincing 9-3 victory over Sligo B in Round 3 set-up a quarter-final showdown against Sligo. Unfortunately, the Sligo B side proved too strong for the Rossies and they advanced to the semi-final following a 7-3 win.

  Roscommon will now compete in the annual Pete Donlon Cup against Ballymahon and District Darts League on Sunday, February 18th in Hannon’s Hotel ahead of the INDO All-Ireland Inter-Counties on the weekend of February 23rd in Ennis.


Halliday of a lifetime!

We tee-off this week’s round-up in Roscommon where Jack Halliday was awarded honorary life membership for his years of sterling service to Roscommon Golf Club. Jack has been has been a continuous member of the club since the mid-60s, has served on numerous committees and has held the posts of president and captain.

  The President’s and Captain’s Drive-in also took place last weekend. This was followed by a 3-person scramble. The front 7 winners were: Mary Mullen, Gertie Spillane and Frank Mullen while the back 7 winners were Claire Keane, Michael Keane and JF Hanley.

  Round 1 of Boyle’s Spring League teed off last week. Currently in first place are Brendan Gaffney, Vincent Egan and Moira Egan on 60.5 while in second position are Charlie O’Donnell, Ted Hester and Michael Rushe on 60.6!

  Captains Terry Canning and Marie Hanmore-Cawley will get the 2018 golfing season off to its official start on February 25th.

  To Athlone and news that the 2018 Captain’s Drive-In will take place on Sunday, March 4th.

  On the course, Finbar Jordan claimed last weekend’s gent’s competition with 32 points.

 Meanwhile, D O’Donoghue claimed the AWGS on February 1st with 27 points and Kay Delaney was victorious in the 12-hole stableford with a score of 23 points.