The Sporting Brief – January 19th




Beatty beats Jennings!

In a surprise result, St. Coman’s Darren Beatty defeated reigning Connacht Junior champion Sean Jennings in their 40×20 Junior Singles County semi-final held in St. Coman’s last Saturday night.

  Jennings started brightly and stormed into a 9-2 lead but Beatty reverted to an overhand Z serve and came back to take the first 21-15.

  Jennings took a 7-0 lead in the second but once again Beatty responded with a series of aces and took the second 21-14.

  Next up for Darren is the winner of the Denis Creaton and Oisin Naughton semi-final.

  Lisacul’s Barry Nolan claimed victory following a titanic 40×20 Junior ‘C’ Singles semi-final against Kilglass’ John Coggeran on a score of 21-11, 12-21, 21-15.


Weekly round-up

We start our weekly round-up with Athlone and results of last Sunday’s Midland Intermediate Alliance outing in Mullingar.

  Ned Mollaghan was the winner with 39 points, second place went to Tony Buckley (39) and third was Martin Murray(38).

  Recent winners at the club included Aidan Flanagan (15-hole stableford, January 6th); Liam Browne (15-hole stableford, January 13th to 14th) and Lily O’Sullivan (Ladies 12-hole stableford, January 6th).

  The course remains closed in Boyle for renovations but 2018 membership rates are now available and distance membership is becoming increasingly popular. Contact Terry on 086-8297496 or Paula on 086-6038638 for more information.

  Upcoming highlights include: The Spring League which takes place over three weekends in February and the Captain’s Drive-In on February 25th.

  Finally to Castlerea where a new management committee was announced following the recent AGM: Marian Caulfield (President); Eugene O’Connell (Chairperson); Catherine Collins (Hon. Secretary); Alan Devine (Hon. Treasurer); Mickey Freyne (Registrar); Gerry McDonagh (Captain); Mamie Creaton (Lady Captain); Joe Caulfield (Vice-Captain); Elizabeth Devine (Lady Vice-Captain); Kieran Kenny (Junior Convenor); Matt Griffith (Course Manager); Valerie Callaghan, Pyers O’Conor Nash and Jimmy Joyce (committee).


Back throwing!

We brought you news last week that Wayne Harries had claimed the Christmas Singles title in Hannon’s Hotel recently after he beat Mick Egan 7-3 in the final. Mick had the highest check-out of the day with 126 following another top quality competition. Now all focus shifts back to the league!

Touch Rugby

Coaching Day!

Athlone Touch Rugby will host a coaching day on Saturday, January 27th at AIT. Three of Ireland’s best and most experienced coaches will be present on the day: Paul Brown, former National Director of Coaching with ITA; Billy Ngawini, ITA National Development Officer and Brian Leveau, ITA’s National Director of Coaching.

  This exciting event will take place on the AIT AstroTurf, beside the indoor arena on Saturday, 27th January from 12 pm to 3 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more details, contact Denis O’Connor on 085-7742751 or check out Athlone Touch Rugby on Facebook.