The sporting brief
Tully on top!
Fiona Tully won the 60×30 Third Level Colleges Ladies Singles and Doubles titles last Saturday in Wexford representing DCU.
Tully overcame her longtime Kilkenny rival Aoife Holden 15-8, 9-15, 15-12 to take her first 60×30 Colleges singles title.
Later she teamed up with Dublin’s Meadhbh Ni Dhalaigh again to take their third 60×30 Third Level Colleges doubles title on the trot. In the final they defeated Dearbhail O’Keeffe and Clionadh O’Connell of University of Limerick 15-7, 15-10 having beaten Ciara Doyle and Anne Dunne of Waterford IT in the semi-final.
Rory Carthy’s younger brother Eoghan made it a memorable few days for the family when he won the 60×30 Boys’ U-13s singles title with an outstanding display against Moycullen’s Christopher Hanley on a scoreline of 15-0, 15-7.
Last season, the Castlerea Kings became the first team in the Lonleitros League to do the double. This year they face an uphill battle to repeat that feat with the arrival of Athlone Town and Donegal Town into the league.
Meanwhile, Longford Torpedoes and Mayo Gladiators have withdrawn, however, while the two Carrick teams have joined forces. Ballinamore, Mohill, Sligo All Stars, Athlone IT and Boyle make up the nine-team division.
The Kings have managed to retain the core group which dominated last season and have also added David Quinn. They face Donegal Town at The Hub this Saturday night at 8 pm in what will be one of their toughest tests this season. Admission is free and there’s a raffle at half-time. It promises to be an exciting evening of basketball!
The Hannon’s Hotel Roscommon Darts League will return on Friday, October 25th with the following fixtures: Flanagan’s v McDermott’s; Cosy Bar v An Bothar Rua; Dalton’s v Sideline Bar; The Hollywood v Molly’s. The Holly Tree have a bye.
Padraig O’Connell won the second King Harmon qualifier in Boyle last weekend with an impressive 44 points. The top eight from the qualifying competitions will go through to the finals and O’Connell has certainly given himself a chance. Brendan Gaffney finished second with 41, almost certainly securing his own passage to the finals. Next week’s qualifier should provide a clearer picture.
Athlone’s Sean Doyle finished second in the GUI All-Ireland Gold Medal Championships at the K Club recently. A terrific performance in a competition for Handicaps of 9 and under.
Peadar Keane also impressed, finishing just outside the prizes in fourth place in Cat 3 (18 and above).
Back at the club, and after eight qualifying competitions Thomas O’Connor leads the way in the Golfer of the Year competition with 58 points, followed by Paul Costello in second place with 44 and James Joyce in third on 42.
Recent winners at Athlone: Paul Costello (68, Monksland SS 18-Holes); Yvonne Walsh (32 points, Ladies’ Utopia Competition); Des Rushe (36 points, Summer Series); Ann Geoghegan (42 points, Summer Series Ladies’ Final); Eamon Flanagan (43 points, Summer Series Visitors’ Final); Ned Broughall (50 points, Summer Series Members’ Final); Denis O’Donoghue (27 points, AWGS outing); John Barry (44 points, Dr. Harry Rice Singles).
To Carrick, where Sean Mulvey won last weekend’s Arigna Fuels competition with 45 points. Gary Ward was second with 42 while third-placed Frank Duffy also had 42 and David McDermott took gross.
The Garvey and Lynch Cups semi-finals and finals will be played over the next couple of weeks.
Last but certainly not least, the recent Winter Alliance competition saw Siobhan Talbot taking top spot with Dolores Mulvey in second.