The Sporting Brief – June 7th




Bernie Keane Memorial

Castlerea Golf Club hosted the Bernie Keane Memorial Cup last weekend. The organisers wish to thank the Keane family and members and friends of the club. The gent’s and ladies’ winners were Eddie Campion and Deirdre Hawkshaw.

  Ciara Maher won the recent ladies’ competition with 41 points while Billy Molloy was best of the men with 42.

  The 12-hole competition in Boyle was won by Vincent Egan with a great score of 30 points. Vincent was also among the prize winners in Thursday’s competition, sandwiched between winner Tommy King and third-placed Paul Connolly.

  Well done to the Pierce Purcell team who had a 4-1 victory over County Sligo to make the zone final against Ballina.

  The Bunker Bar Carnival Ladies Open takes place in Carrick tomorrow (Friday) with prizes for Overall winner, Categories, Front and Back 9, Longest Drive and Nearest the Pin.

  Finally for this week, Open Week winners in Athlone included: Paul Gilligan – Men’s 18-hole Stableford (41); Rhona Fitzgerald – Ladies’ 12-hole (29); Carol McGetrick – Ladies’ 18-hole (44); Colm Cummins – Men’s Open Day (39); Kay Delaney – Ladies’ Open Day (37); Ned Broughall and John Duggan – Men’s Open Scotch Foursomes (63.5); Eleanor Larkin and Kay Delaney – Ladies’ Open Scotch Foursomes (40); Kevin Ryan – Open Singles (36); Kathleen Dillon – Ladies’ Open Singles (38); James Joyce – Kevin Greally Club Professional Men’s Open Singles (41); Frances McGettigan – Kevin Greally Club Professional Ladies’ Open Singles (38) and Kevin Sheehy – 18-hole Stableford (41).


Community Games

The star of the show from a Roscommon point of view at the Community Games National Finals in Limerick was Eoghan Carthy who won silver in the Boys’ U-13 grade. Eoghan beat Joshua Roche from Co. Wexford in the quarter-finals, and Paddy O’Reilly from Co. Limerick in the semi-finals before showing tremendous courage in a narrow 15-17 defeat to Kilkenny’s Anthony Clifford in the final.

  Carragh Kennedy was among the favourites in the Girls’ U-16 grade after her U-15 All-Ireland win in the 40×20 and she easily accounted for Abigail Lenihan of Co. Limerick in the semi-finals. However, she met her match in the final in Carlow’s Farrah Ryan, going down 17-15.

  Carragh’s younger sister Shona took bronze in the Girls’ U-13 event. She hit 25 aces in 15 minutes to beat Cavan’s Mia Lynch in the quarter-finals but was defeated by Tipperary’s Lucy Gold in the semi-final. Gold went on to win gold in the final. Carragh, meanwhile, overcame Wexford’s Caitlin Gaffney in the third place play-off.

  Philip Halliday had the misfortune to be drawn against Galway’s world champion Mikey Kelly in the first round of the Boys’ U-16 event. Mikey eventually pulled away from Philip and went on the win the title at a canter.