The Sporting Brief – September 6th




Connacht Champions!

The Roscommon Ladies’ Senior Foursomes were crowned AIG Ladies Senior Connacht Champions last Saturday in Gort. The All-Ireland finals take place in Knightsbrook on September 25th-27th.

  The recent Gent’s All-Ireland Sunday competition at the club was won by Shane McConn with 41 points, while Joan O’Gara took the ladies’ prize and Michael Corcoran won the Junior Prize. The recent Michael Craven Memorial Cup was won by Aiden Mulvihill with 38 points. Matt Farrell won the Sean Hanly Memorial Cup with 38 points.

  The men’s Connacht Shield team narrowly lost out to Portumna last Saturday.

  Athlone’s Mixed Foursomes team heads to Castleretroy in Limerick this weekend for the All-Ireland Finals.

  The ladies’ junior and intermediate teams lost out in the Connacht Finals of the AIG Cup and Shield competitions last Saturday.

  The Scotch Foursomes final will be contested between Shane Mannion and Gavin Delaney and Aidan O’Driscoll and Conor Quilty.

  The Tom McCormack Fourball was won by Vincent Connaire and Declan Corcoran recently.

  At the GUI All-Ireland Gold Medal regional qualifier last Friday, Sean Doyle and Peadar Kane both qualified for the finals at the K Club on October 8th.

  The King Cup in Boyle was postponed last Sunday. New date TBC.

  The men’s 12-hole Stableford was won by Liam Whyte while the 2s Club was won by Lorcan Egan.

  Fr. Joe Poole’s Captain’s Prize was won by Billy Molloy in Castlerea. Billy had two very impressive rounds and held his nerve during a play-off to win. Second prize went to Keith McDermott, Dara Bruen took the gross prize and Daryl Kelly came third on the day. Valerie Rabbitt was best of the ladies, closely followed by sisters Dympna McGarry and Irene Burke. Dympna just pipped her sister on the count back!

  John Collins won the recent men’s competition with 40 points while Valerie Rabbitt enjoyed yet another win in the ladies’ competition with 70 nett.

  The recent ‘Play in Pink Day’ Kathy Burke Memorial Cup was won by Caitriona Newman and Laura Griffith. Laura Griffith and Greg Bruen impressed in the style stakes!


Up for the Cup!

Mick Kilroe emerged victorious in last Friday’s Darts Superleague Cup Final at The Hollywood Bar. Kilroe beat Ciaran Hickey 4-1 in the quarter-finals before defeating Paul Carton 5-1 in the semi-finals.  

  Another in-form darter, Thomas Concannon faced Kilroe in the final and the pair produced a truly epic battle.

  Kilroe took the initiative early on and stormed into a seemingly unassailable 4-0 lead before Concannon fired back with three straight legs to bring it back to 4-3.

  Kilroe steadied the shop in the eighth leg to make it 5-3 but Concannon refused to bend the knee and levelled matters up at 5-5.

  The final leg saw some great darts with Concannon applying some early pressure. Kilroe wasn’t to be denied though and clinical finishing helped him to a 6-5 win and Cup glory.



Doubles defeat!

St. Coman’s’ Damien Martin and Rikki O’Gara are out of the 60×30 Open Doubles after losing to experienced Wexford pair Tommy Hynes and Barry Goff last Saturday at Na Fianna in Dublin on a scoreline of 12-21, 14-21.

  Elsewhere, St. Coman’s’ Sean Rafferty and Brian Mannion had a good 21-13, 21-14, 21-19 win in the 60×30 Junior ‘C’ Doubles Connacht final held in Collooney, Co. Sligo last Sunday against Sligo pair Clive Slevin and Josian Oskoz.