The Sporting Brief – March 9th



Indoor success

Roscommon Athletics Club enjoyed a hugely successful weekend in AIT recently at the Connacht Indoor Championships.

  On Saturday, U-12/13 athletes, Ronan Hoey, Eoghan Carthy and Luke Fannon performed excellently in their individual events and were joined by Conor Paisley, who also put in a huge effort in the 4x100m relay.  

  Ellen Ryan, Anna Kiernan, Holly Kilroe, Etaine Moran and Hazel Kelly were also in action.

  Etaine Moran ran a blistering 60m to win bronze, Hazel Kelly powered to 600m silver and the U-13 relay team of Moran, Kelly, Holly Kilroe, and Anna Kiernan combined superbly to take gold.

  Siofra Hession and Amy Winston, were both in action in the U-12 Sprint, 600m and Long Jump events. Siofra finished 6th out of 63 competitors while Amy was agonisingly close to All-Ireland qualification, coming 4th in the 600m.

  On Sunday Roscommon AC was ably represented by Jade Yeung, Rosie Gannon and Lauren Burke (U-14) in the Sprint and Long Jump events. The girls later combined with Abby Gooney (U-15) to run the 4x200m relay where they finished just outside the medals. Abby also competed in the sprint and 800m races. Alisha Kerr showed great potential in her her first 60m hurdles race. She was joined in the U-17 800m by Sheena Kilroe, who stormed into 4th place, earning All-Ireland qualification in her first outing at a provincial championship.

  U-19 athletes, Oisin Stephens and Maeve Dervin, both ran PBs in their 1500m races to win silver and gold respectively. They also competed in the 800m where Maeve won another gold and Oisin finished just outside the medals.

  Finally, Shannon Quigley made her debut at senior level, taking gold in the Pole Vault and Triple Jump events. Shannon, Maeve and Sheena were joined in the final event of the day by Ciara Carr who helped the girls to win gold in the Senior relays.


League resumes

The Roscommon Darts League resumes this weekend as Flanagan’s host The Holly Tree, The Forge welcome Creaton’s, McDermott’s travel to The Hollywood Bar and Molly’s entertain An Bothar Rua.

  As it stands, The Holly Tree lead the way on 62 points with Molly’s (61) and The Forge (60) not far behind in second and third respectively. Flanagan’s, meanwhile, are further back in fourth on 58 points.

  Best of luck to the Roscommon Youths who travel to the West County Hotel in Ennis to take part in the All-Ireland Inter-Counties event on Saturday.


Drive-ins postponed

We tee-off in Castlerea, where due to the inclement weather, the Captains and course management decided to postpone the Captain’s Drive-in until Bank Holiday Monday, the 19th of March at 2 pm.

  To Boyle where it was with great sadness that the golf club learned of the sudden passing of former Captain and President, Fred Perry. Deepest sympathies are extended to Fred’s family and many friends.

  The Boyle Spring League was reduced to just two rounds recently due to the poor weather conditions. Congratulations to Brendan Gaffney, Vincent Egan and Moira Egan who are this years winners!

  Finally to Athlone, where the Drive-in of Captains Padraig O’Connor and Margaret Egan will now take place this Sunday (11th) at 4 pm. It will be preceded by a 12-Hole Scramble competition with a shotgun start at 12 Noon. 

  The final of the Ladies’ Winter League will also take place this Saturday.