Tully powers to victory once more

Fiona Tully (Convent of Mercy, Roscommon) continued her fantastic run when she became 2nd Level Colleges Senior Singles All-Ireland champion, with a great victory over arch rival Aoife Holden (Greenan College, Co. Kilkenny) last Saturday.

  Held in rather Arctic conditions in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, the two girls served up a terrific match, full of very entertaining rallies and clinical killing. Fiona took a tough first 15-8, but as is now customary, she lost focus in the second, going ‘kill happy’ and losing it 15-12.

  However, as she has proved many times, when the game is there to be won Fiona knows how to finish it off and although Aoife probably played better than ever, that little difference in class was always evident and was enough to take the St. Coman’s star to a 15-9 third game win.

  It was Roscommon v Kilkenny again when Gareth Delaney (Roscommon Community College) came up short in his bid to retain the Intermediate title won by his schoolmate Michael Egan last year. Gareth lost to Jack Holden (Greenan College), a brother of the aforementioned Aoife, and who coincidentally had lost to Egan in last years’ final and also recently beaten Dylan Hanley in the U-14 All-Ireland final.

  Unfortunately Gareth never got his serve going, consistently hitting it too low allowing Holden to return comfortably and that was really the story of the match. Holden was far more controlled, and while Gareth tried very hard, the Kilkenny youngster was generally in charge, winning 15-5, 15-5.

 Roscommon CBS duo Dylan Hanley and Magomed Yakhyaev were up against it in their Junior Doubles semi-final, where they took on Omagh CBS pair Lorcan McBride and Anton Fox. McBride is a former World champion and Fox has won a number of All-Ireland titles.  

  In the early exchanges both sides battled on very even terms and a long encounter looked likely, but eventually the power and size of the bigger Tyrone lads took its toll on the smaller Roscommon pair and they ground out a keenly contested 15-7, 15-9 victory.

  In the long overdue 40×20 U-14 ‘B’ Connacht final, St. Coman’s Peter Kirwan lost to Mayo’s Canice Bennett 15-5, 15-1. Playing in Carnacon, Co. Mayo last Friday, Peter never got to grips with the much slower court and lost without ever showing what he is capable of.