The Sporting Brief – March 16th



Creaton beaten!

Lisacul’s Denis Creaton travelled all the way to Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry to take on Jack O’Shea in their 40×20 Junior singles All-Ireland semi-final last Sunday, but unfortunately it was all in vain as Denis was second best on the day losing 7-21, 15-21.


Season openers

We begin our weekly round-up in Strokestown where captain Martin Crinigan, lady captain Margaret Walsh and president Michael Cox hit the opening drives of the new season.

  Theresa Rodgers, Noel Sheerin and Ronan Cullen won the nine-hole scramble that followed.

  Ronan Cullen (35 points) won the men’s competition recently while Rose Lally was best of the ladies.

  Athlone’s golfing year got underway last weekend with Padraig O’Connor and Margaret Egan producing great opening drives.

  Michael Stapleton, Marion O’Shea, Mike Healy and Thomas O’Connor then won the 12-hole scramble.

  Meanwhile, Seamus Feeney won the recent Gent’s 15-hole stableford with 36 points while M. Healy took the AWGS with 35.

  Castlerea’s Captain’s Drive-in will take place on Bank Holiday Monday (19th) at 2 pm, followed by a 3-person scramble.

  The recent ladies’ competition was won by Valerie Callaghan with 34 points while the men’s De Lacy Staunton Cup was won by Eugene Flanagan on 41 points.

  To Roscommon, where the winners of the Ladies’ Winter League were Sinead Benedetti, Noreen O’Grady and Martina Brennan.

  The recent senior ladies’ 9-hole stableford was won by Kay Ruane while Lorcan Dowd won the men’s 18-hole competition with 41 points and Kevin Connaughton was best of the juniors with 44 points.

  Finally we go to Boyle where Patrick and Lorcan Egan combined to win the gent’s 18-hole Foursomes competition recently with 61 nett. A gent’s 18-hole stableford will take place this Sunday.


Youths impress!

Roscommon Youths reached the last 16 of the Inter-Counties event at the West County Hotel, Ennis last weekend.

  They recovered from a 4-1 defeat to Cork to perform impressively against Donegal, Offaly, Waterford and Clare. Unfortunately, they exited at the last 16 stage following defeat to Donegal.

  The Roscommon Darts League continued last weekend and it remains tight at the top: Forge 7 Creaton’s 2; The Hollywood 4 McDermott’s 5; Molly’s 7 An Bothar Rua 2.

The game between Flanagan’s and The Holly Tree was called off but will be replayed this week

  As it stands Molly’s are top of the table on 68 points followed by The Forge on 67, The Holly Tree on 62 and An Bothar Rua on 59 in the all-important top four spots. Flanagan’s (58), McDermott’s (57), The Hollywood (48) and Creaton’s (40) make up the bottom four.

  This final round of league stage fixtures take place this weekend: An Bothar Rua v Hollywood Bar; McDermott’s v Creaton’s; Flanagan’s v The Forge and The Holly Tree v Molly’s.

Pitch and Putt

Tee-off in Belanamulla

The 2018 pitch and putt season commences in Bealnamulla this Sunday (18th) at 2.30 pm. Weekly competitions will take place on Mondays starting March 26th at 10.30 am and at 7 pm. New members are welcome with clubs supplied.