The Sporting Brief – November 10th




No luck in Lahorna!

Both Roscommon representatives fell at the semi-finals stage in the 60×30 2nd Level Colleges All-Ireland series held in Lahorna, Co. Tipperary last Saturday.

  Roscommon CBS were represented in the Junior Doubles grade by Philip Halliday and Ahmed Yakhyaev and they faced Mark Doyle and Conor Dobbs of Wexford CBS.

  The Wexford lads, led by Doyle, took the first 15-12. The Roscommon pair conceded soft points in the second, which finished 15-6, but proved the Roscommon lads are capable of holding their own against any duo in the country.

  Brothers Michael and Liam Egan represented the Community College in Senior Doubles where they faced Eoin Brennan and Jack Doyle from Kilkenny.

  The Egans recovered from an early 5-13 deficit to trail by just one (12-13) in the first, but the Cats made use of the serve and finished the job 15-13. The second was far more one-sided with the Kilkenny pair running out 15-6 winners.


Great darts!

Last weekend in the Roscommon Darts League, An Bothar Rua beat The Holly Tree 5-4. That match featured a 14-darter from Martin Murphy as well as 180s for Murphy, James Sharkey, JP Feeney and Ken Turkington, Turkington also checked out with 152.

   Elsewhere, Molly’s overcame Creaton’s 5-4 while Flanagan’s beat McDermott’s 6-3. Stephen McDonagh with a 113 checkout the highlight from the latter match.

  This week it’s Molly’s v McDermott’s, The Hollywood Bar v Creaton’s, The Holly Tree v The Forge and Flanagan’s v An Bothar Rua.

  Meanwhile at the INDO ranking tournament in Abbeyleix, Co. Laois last weekend, Thomas Concannon reached the semi-finals where he was beaten 5-2 by Kilkenny’s Niall Coulton.


Still swinging!

Almost 90 ladies joined Noirin O’Rourke in Athlone for a Lady Captain’s Dinner, which was served up by Anthony, Lisa and staff.

  The Ladies’ Xmas Hamper to Kay Delaney, who won with a great score of 30 points. Ann O’Loughlin took the 9-hole while the ‘Stay in Golf’ prize went to Linda Corbett.

  Brendan Mahon was announced as Plumber of the Year while Michael Rock beat Willie Brady on the 19th hole to win the Pumbers Matchplay competition. Terry Carmody and Willie Brady (40 points) beat Niall Dowling and Ray King in the Plumbers Fourball.

  Over 60 golfers took part in last Sunday’s 15-hole competition in Roscommon. Patrick Farnon won  with an impressive 35 points. The junior prize went to Cian O’Connor with 33 points while the turkey competition was won by Pat Finneran.

 Mary Lalor took the ladies’ 9-hole with 20 points while the men’s seniors’ went to Michael O’Connor with 36 and the ladies’ went to Kate Walshe.

  Outgoing Boyle captain Gerry O’Hara presided over the men’s AGM last weekend. Condolences were expressed to the family of past captain, Michael Archer, who passed away in 2017.

  Gerry also thanked those who had supported him during the year and mentioned on-going club developments before wishing incoming captain Terry Canning the best of luck for 2018.

   The following officers were elected to the men’s committee for 2018: Terry Canning (captain), Michael Simon (president), Martin Wynne (honorary secretary), Liam Mullaney (treasurer), Willie Tiernan (competition secretary), Patrick Egan (handicap secretary), Jonathan Egan (communications secretary).

  Finally to Carrick where the Ladies’ Winter Alliance begins again on Saturday, November 18th. All clubs welcome with visitors’ prizes included. Tee off between 10.30 am and 12 noon.