The Sporting Brief – July 21st


Youngsters impress!

Roscommon AC athletes impressed last weekend at the All-Ireland Juvenile Championships in Tullamore.

  Shannon Quigley was in sensational form as she took home a bronze medal in the pole vault. Shannon went head to head with Mikaela O’Hanlon from Monaghan and nothing could separate the two athletes who tied for third following some breath-taking clearances at 2m 40.

  Elsewhere, there were impressive performances for Hollie Kilroe (U-12 Turbo Javelin) and Hazel Kelly (U-12 600m) who both claimed top 12 finishes.

  Abby Gooney had a steady run in her first U-14 800m race at national level while Etaine Moran just missed out on a place in the U-12 60m final on the photograph. Oisin Stephens impressed in both the 800m and 3000m, just missing out on a medal place in the longer distance. His brother, Luke, finished fourth in the U-15 2K Walk.

  Finally, Maeve Dervin knocked almost 10 seconds of her personal best time in the U-18 Steeplechase.


Kilroe wins again

Mick Kilroe and Mick Egan once again went head to head at the Hollywood Bar Superleague last Friday night.

  Both men stormed to the final following convincing wins in the group and knockout stages.

  Egan started brightly in the final but Kilroe eventually got to grips with his rival and powered to a 3-1 win.


Athlone top spot!

The Athlone team of Jed Moylette, Thomas Lennon and Jack Fitzgerald took the top qualifying place at the recent Kenny Cup qualifying round in Ballinasloe. They will now go on to represent the club in the Provincial Finals in Galway Bay GC in August.

  Margaret Byrne won the ladies’ competition last weekend with 39 points. Second place went to Carol McGetrick with Maeve Holmes in third. 

  Castlerea meanwhile defeated Ballinasloe in the first round of the Jack O’Sullivan competition last week.

  Meanwhile, last week’s ladies’ competition was won by Laura Griffith with Breege Cullen and Celia Mulligan in second and third respectively.

  Over in Roscommon, Niall Murphy took the recent men’s competition ahead of John Lennon and Conor Merriman.

  Annie Timothy won the ladies’ competition with Rosemary O’Brien and Niamh Lennon just behind her in second and third.

  In the senior category, John McGrath was the recent men’s winner with 37 points while Margaret Brennan was best of the ladies.

  Finally, congratulations to Tom Higgins on winning the Munster Boys U-14 Open Amateur Championship at Kanturk. It was also a great week for Cian O’Connor, Fionn Hoare and Tom Higgins who were selected to play on the Connacht U-14 Interpro team and Simon Walker who was selected to play on the U-16 team.

Masters Soccer

Town champs!

Congratulations to Ballinasloe Town who secured the RDFL Umbro Masters League title this week with two impressive wins. The final round of league games takes place next weekend.