The Sporting Brief – November 24th




All to play for!

An Bothar Rua narrowly overcame McDermott’s 5-4 in last week’s Roscommon Darts League fixture with Damien McGovern hitting two 180s while James Sharkey, John McDermott and Thomas Fitzgerald all had 100 check-outs.

  Elsewhere, Creaton’s were narrowly defeated at home by The Holly Tree in another cracking contest. The visitors prevailed by five games to four although Sean Finan’s 120 check-out was arguably the highlight of the match.

  In yet another epic contest, Molly’s proved too tough to break down for The Forge as they held out to record a 5-4 win of their own at home. Sean Fleming hit a 180 while Pat Tansey took out 110 and Damien Forkin nailed a 114 finish.

  Finally, Flanagan’s took the shine off the Hollywood stars when they won their encounter 6-3. Jimmy Owens hit a 180, Brian McCormack hit a 120 check-out and Noel Ryan enjoyed a 17-dart leg.

  Looking ahead to this weekend, The Forge entertain An Bothar Rua, The Holly Tree play host to McDermott’s, Creaton’s visit Flanagan’s and The Hollywood look to bounce back at Molly’s.


Golfing weather!

We start our weekly round in Roscommon where the kind weather encouraged over fifty golfers to take part in the men’s competition.

  Tom Costello won the event with 36 points while runner-up, Paul Hoare scored 34. Tom Higgins took the gross with 31 while Fionn Hoare was best of the juniors with 33.

  Ahead of the second round of Winter League, PJ Higgins and George Burke can boast a score of 179 points.

  Meanwhile, last weekend’s Turkey Competition was won by Ollie Hannon on 23.

  To Boyle next where white smoke ascended following the recent AGM. The club’s Management Committee for 2018 is: Chairperson Terry Canning; Honorary Secretary Martin Wynne; Honorary Treasurer Paul Connolly; Greens Convenor Michael Rush; Clubhouse Convenor Vincent Egan; Junior Convenor Brendan Gaffney. They are joined on the committee by Jonathan Egan, Liam Whyte, Liam Mullaney, Patrick Egan, Liz Dwyer, Susan O’Mahoney, Marie Hanmore-Cawley, Michael Simon, Gerry O’Hara, Mary O’Hara and Willie Tiernan.

  In the men’s 18-hole stableford, Sean Heslin kept it in the family by beating Shane Loftus on count back, both having 41 points. Patrick Egan came in third with 40 points.

  Finally for this week, it’s a long drive to Athlone where the Midland Intermediate Alliance was held last Sunday.

  The winner on the day was Michael Murray with an impressive 40 points while the runner-up spot went to Frank Daly with 37. John Connor, meanwhile, went back to Strokestown in good spirits having claimed third place with 36 points.

  The Alliance was set-up to support local clubs during the winter months and organisers would appreciate the support of new members. For a €20 membership fee and green fees on the day, you can’t really go wrong! And, as an added bonus, the next outing is to beautiful Moate on Sunday, December 10th.

  Other winners in Athlone last week included: Michael O’Faolain (15-hole stableford and AWGS), Rosemary Rowe (Ladies’ 12-hole), Eleanor Larkin (97 Club) and Anne Evans (most recent 97 Club).