The Sporting Brief – March 29th




All-Ireland wins!

It was a good weekend for Roscommon handball with both All-Ireland finalists emerging victorious from the 40×20 Finals weekend held in Kingscourt, Co. Cavan.

  On Friday night, Lisacul’s Sean Jennings took the Masters ‘B’ singles title against Tipperary’s Brian O’Brien in two contrasting games, 21-3, 21-18. A well-earned title for Sean due to his long-term dedication to the sport.

  On Sunday, Carragh Kennedy came through a thriller to win the Girls U-15 singles title against Clare’s gallant Eimear Murphy.  

  Once the powerful St. Coman’s girl got her sidearm strokes going she eased into a straightforward 15-7 win in the first.

  A revitalized Murphy took the second 15-12 following an inspired change of serve but Carragh showed her mettle and clinched the decisive game 15-13 having been 12-3 down!


Rosney on song!

We begin our weekly golf round in Castlerea where Kieran Rosney was on song to win the recent men’s competition. Anto McCormack was second while Liam Walsh, Alan Devine and Johnny Mahoney won Classes 1 to 3 respectively.

  The winner of the ladies’ competition was Mary Kenny with 37 points while Celia Mulligan and Kay O’Loughlin finished second and third respectively.

  Lady Captain Ann Cox and men’s captain David McDermott hosted a very successful Captains’ Drive-In at Carrick last Sunday. Brian Beirne, Marie Lydon, Declan Reilly and Eithne McGuire won the competition which followed with 26 points.

  Last Saturday’s 50/50 competition was won by Frank McGrath with 24 points while second place went to Niall Roche with 22. 

  To Roscommon next, where last weekend’s 18-hole Stableford was won by Charlie Farrell with 39 points. Second place went to Patrick Farnon, best gross score to Simon Walker, third place to Seamus Ó Donghaile and junior prize to Cian O’Connor.

  The recent ladies’ 15-hole competition was won by Kate Walshe with 28 points while Tresina Smith was victorious in the recent senior competition. The men’s senior’s was won by Gerry Finn.

  Michael Tallon was given a very warm welcome back to action in Athlone. Now in his mid-80s, Michael returned from injury last weekend in the AWGS outing. Good to see you back Mick!

  The AWGS outing was won by Brendan Connolly (see above) while the veteran’s prize went to Rod Tierney.

  The Wednesday Open (20th) was won by Ian Holmes with 36 points while the 16-hole Stableford was won by Gerry Kelly with 39.

  Mary Madden was the winner of the recent 3Ts with 30 points while the Shamrock Open went to Frances McGettigan and the 97 Club to Bernie Watson.

  Finally to Boyle, where Ross Andrew and Paddy McLoughlin won the Boyle round of the Holmpatrick Cup with 45 point and go forward to represent the club in the next round.


Sunday finals

This coming Saturday the curtain will come down on the Hannon’s Hotel sponsored Roscommon Darts League, with the Cup and Shield finals taking place in Hannon’s Hotel.

  One game took place last week to determine the finals spots, with Creaton’s overcoming the Three Counties 6-0 and 10-5 on aggregate.

  Creaton’s will now face An Bothar Rua in Saturday’s Shield final at 5 pm while McDermott’s take on Molly’s in the Cup final spot sat 7 pm.