The Sporting Brief – March 2nd




World Collegiate Championships

St. Coman’s’ Fiona Tully continues to burn brightly as she won both the World Collegiate Ladies Open Singles and Doubles titles in Springfield, Missouri last weekend.

  Fiona beat three Americans Leah King, Laura Blackmanship and Taylor Rumping by big margins before facing her doubles partner Meadhbh Ni Dhalaigh in the final. Fiona won the decider 21-8, 21-4. The pair teamed up in the doubles tournament and comfortably beat all American opposition culminating in a 21-7, 21-2 final win over Missouri State’s Rumping and Peacot.

  Lisacul’s Denis Creaton won the 40×20 Junior Singles Connacht title when he beat Ciaran Burke of Mayo recently in Collooney, Co. Sligo 21-11, 21-11. Denis faces a long trip to Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry to take on Jack O’Shea in the All-Ireland semi-final this weekend.

  Denis Creaton picked up where he left off after his Connacht final win when he and Sean Jennings beat St. Coman’s duo Darren Beatty and Oisin Naughton in the 40×20 Junior Doubles County final in Lisacul last Sunday. The Roscommon town lads won 21-19, 21-11, 21-3.

  Fairymount’s James Duffy and Michael Carroll were impressive winners of the 40×20 Junior ‘C’ Doubles County final played in St. Coman’s last Saturday. They beat Curraghboy’s Peadar Kelly and John McDermott 21-6, 21-17.

  Lisacul U-13 pair, Shauna Corrigan and Allanah McGreal, won the Cumman na mBunscoil doubles title in Salthill, Galway, beating teams from Mayo and Galway along the way.


Recent winners

We tee-off in Athlone where recent winners include Anna O’Brien, who won the ladies’ 12-hole competition with 19 points; Eleanor Larkin, who won the recent 97 Club competition with 24 points; V Connaire, who won the AWGS with 34 points and T Campion, who won the Veteran’s 12-hole with 24 points.

  To Boyle next, where this year’s Captain’s Drive-In took place in perfect conditions last Sunday. Captains Terry and Marie hit two well-struck drives up the 1st fairway to launch the golfing season. A 9-hole scramble followed and the team of Brendan Gaffney, Paul Connolly, Margaret Loftus and Owen Garvin finished first.

  This weekend, Vincent Egan, Moira Egan and Brendan Gaffney will be hoping to hang onto their lead at the top of the Spring League as it reaches its conclusion.

  In Strokestown, Martin Kelly won the recent seniors’ competition with 30 points, which just pipped Ray Hogan on 29 points. The ladies’ competition was won by Bernie Taylor with 12 points.

  The Glenamaddy Golf Society AGM took place in Divilly’s Lounge on recently. The new captain for the year is Chris Keane from Williamstown, the new President is Tommy O’Grady, the secretary is Louis Earls, Peter Shiels is the new treasurer and John Molloy is the new PRO.


Down to the wire!

The Roscommon Darts League continues this weekend and The Holly Tree will be hoping to hang onto top spot when they travel to Flanagan’s. Elsewhere, The Forge entertain Creaton’s, The Hollywood Bar host McDermott’s and An Bothar Rua travel to Molly’s.

  The Roscommon men’s team travelled to Ennis last weekend for the INDO All-Ireland Inter-Counties where they took on Cork and Kildare in the group stages. The Rossies finished bottom of their group following a 10-2 defeat to Cork and a thrilling 6-6 draw with Kildare. They were therefore placed into the Shield competition on Sunday where they lost 7-5 against Westmeath.

  The organisers have thanked the panel, Matty Connelly, Gary Concannon and Martina McKeown for all their hard work.