The sporting Brief – October 27th




Castlerea to the Fore!

Castlerea Golf Club were declared winners of the Foreclub Alliance last Friday. The competition featured clubs from Boyle, Strokestown, Ballaghaderreen and Ballyhaunis.

  Kathy Burke, Laura Griffith, Valerie Rabbitte, Fr Joe Poole, Gerry McDonagh and Billy Molloy made up the victorious Castlerea team.

  At home, the inclement weather led to the postponement of most of the club competitions last weekend. The ladies’ competition did go ahead however and was won by Celia Mulligan.

  This weekend (Saturday, 28th and Sunday, 29th) sees the ladies and gents competing in a Bank of Ireland sponsored club fundraiser.

  Ophelia and Brian stormed the fairways last weekend at Roscommon Golf Club and as a result, very few of the regulars were able to get a round in.

  The ladies’ Christmas Hamper did go ahead last Tuesday. Mary Lalor won it with 38 points while second-placed Paula Quinn wasn’t far behind on 37. Sinéad Bededetti claimed the gross prize while Yvonne Waldron (36) finished third, Mary Seymour (35) fourth and Noreen O’Grady and Geraldine Hoban tied for fifth (both on 34 points).

  There were a number of competitions played in Athlone over the last couple of weekends.

  The ladies’ competition played between Saturday 14th and Tuesday 17th was won by Anne O’Sullivan with 23 points while the Captain’s Turf Competition, which took place over the same weekend, was won by Eamonn McManus with 43 points. Kevin Maguire claimed the runner-up spot on 42.

  Last weekend’s gent’s competition was won by Shane Connaughton (37 points) while just one point separated Noel O’Carroll (36 points), Ian Holmes (36 points) and Tom Donohue (35 points) in second, third and fourth places respectively.

  This weekend there will be a Halloween Open played from Friday to Monday. Visitors €15.


League season begins!

The Roscommon Darts League kicks off this Friday (27th) with a full round of matches. McDermott’s take on The Forge, An Bothar Rua host Creaton’s,

The Holly Tree entertain The Hollywood Bar and Flanagan’s welcome Molly’s.

Tag Rugby

A bit of history!

Athlone Tag Rugby took to the field at AIT last Saturday for what was a historic first game against Donnybrook.

  While the game ended in defeat for our new tag heroes, there were impressive performances throughout the field with Bobby Pears, Rory Silke, Chara Schultz and Kyra Wildy impressing in particular. With a number of the Athlone players putting themselves forward for Ireland international squads for the 2018 European Championships, these performances will have been noted by selectors.

  Training for Athlone Tag Rugby takes place at Buccaneers RFC, Dubarry Park every Monday and Thursday from 6.30 pm. New players are always welcome regardless of age or ability. For more details, see the Athlone Touch Rugby Facebook page or contact Denis O’Connor at 085-7742751.