The Sporting Brief – November 23rd




O’Rourke bows out

There was no luck for Castlerea boxer Aoife O’Rourke at the Women’s World Amateur Boxing championships which are ongoing in New Delhi. The Roscommon girl was defeated by Lauren Price of Wales in a last 16 bout on Monday. The five judges voted for the Welsh girl after a closely contested bout.


King Harmon winner

We tee off in Boyle with news that this year’s King Harmon trophy has been won in fine style by Mark Whelan, who faced a very formidable opponent in the final, in the shape of captain Terry Canning. Although Mark has been playing golf for a few years now, this was his first year as a member of Boyle Golf Club and he will be the envy of many who have spent decades trying to win the singles matchplay tournament. The only downside for Boyle’s new winner is that the annual handicap review happens shortly and rumour has it that he’s first for the chop!

  To Athlone next, where the Midland Intermediate Alliance was held last Sunday. Frank Daly of Athlone was the outright winner with 44 points while Denis Cronin (Moate) was second with 42 points and Strokestown’s Michael Cox was third with 41.

  Meanwhile, congratulations are due to the RBK Golfer of the Year Aidan McGrath. Aidan topped the table with 48 points with John O’Brien second (47) and Michael Ryan third (46).

  Elsewhere, PJ Martin won the Eado Flynn matchplay final beating Peadar Kane in a close match. Other recent winners in Athlone included: Michael Cuddy (Club Mini Hamper); P McNamara (AWGS); Sheila Geraghty (V Par); Bernie Watson (9-hole); Angela Veldon (97 Club).

  We finish in Carrick-on-Shannon where Alliance captains, Helen and Molly, told People Sport that they were delighted to see some of the recent beginners taking part in last Saturday’s Alliance. Elizabeth Muldowney took the honours on the back nine ahead of Phil Emmett and Dolores Mulvey. The beginners’ competition, meanwhile, was won by Geraldine Conlon followed by Eithne McGuire. 


Tight at the top

One of the tightest and well contested opening halves of The Hannon’s Hotel sponsored Roscommon Darts League continued this past weekend, with some excellent darts on show across the county. The following were the results: An Bothar Rua 6 Hollywood 3; Creatons 3 McDermott’s 6; Mollys 8 Three Counties 1; The Holly Tree 7 Flanagan’s 2.

  This week’s fixtures are: McDermott’s v Molly’s, Flanagan’s v Creaton’s, Three Counties v An Bothar Rua, The Hollywood Bar v The Holly Tree.