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Golf News 4th September

Boyle Golf Club

There was a great turnout last Sunday for Liz Dwyer’s Lady President’s Prize, with almost thirty ladies taking part.

Congratulations to Regina McLoughlin who won with a score of 68 nett. Thursday's Men’s Competition was won by Michael Simon with 24 points. Well done to Niall Kearney who won the King Harmon Final on Saturday.

Competitions for this week: on Thursday we have the Men’s Competition. On Friday there’s a 9-hole scramble and next Sunday it’s the King Cup (GOY). Presentation of prizes takes place next Sunday evening. Friday’s Lady President's Scramble was won by Brendan Gaffney, Marie Gallagher & Dave Purser.

The club outing to Portumna takes place on Saturday October 3rd (details on noticeboard).

Carrick-on-Shannon Golf Club

Ger Farry, Frances Molloy and Olivia Reynolds with 32 points won the Drumsna Garden Centre Scramble. Congratulations to Dolores Mulvey and Kathleen Loftus who came so close to winning the Granard Cup in Woodbrook Golf Club.

116 teams took part and the winning team came in

with a score of 37. Dolores and Kathleen weren’t far behind, coming fifth with a score of 34. To round off our summer Lady Beginners Golf Programme, we will be having a fun 9-hole scramble followed by a lovely meal in the Bunker Bar on Saturday 26th September.

Castlerea Golf Club

Over the weekend almost 60 teams played in the fundraiser for the All-Ireland Mixed Foursomes.

The competition was a great success and was very well supported by local members and visitors from numerous clubs including Ballaghaderreen, Roscommon and Carrick-on-Shannon.

The Club would like to thank all the sponsors and in particular Cahill’s SuperValu of Castlerea. 1st were Maureen Claffey, Anto McCormack and Kieran Kenny with 88 points.

Next Sunday 6th of September is the first day of Maureen Claffey’s President’s Prize. The Ladies will start their competition on Tuesday 8th September.

Everyone in the Club would like to wish the Mixed Foursomes panel and management the very best of luck in their quest for All-Ireland glory.

We play Dook’s from Munster in the semi-final on Thursday, with the winner playing either Ballyclare (Ulster) or Malahide (Leinster) in the final on Friday morning. Please return your tickets by next Saturday as the Club draw will take place on Sunday night 6th September.

Roscommon Golf Club

Congratulations to the Ladies Senior Foursomes team who defeated Co. Sligo Golf Club in their home course at Rosses Point on Saturday in the Connacht Final.

They will represent Connacht in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final in Knightsbrook, Co. Meath next month and we wish them the best of luck.

The winner of the Sunday competition, sponsored by Collins Boyd Engineering, was Pearse Mellett with a fantastic score of 47 points. In second place was Jackie Somers with 43 points. Mario Costello won the gross prize with 38 points and Ollie Hannon was in third place with 39 points. Tom Higgins won the junior prize with 37 points.

Patricia O’Gara won the ladies’ Tuesday competition, sponsored by Dermot Hughes Cars, with 40 points. Aoife Donnellan was in second place with 38 points. Des Bruen won the Over 55’s competition on Thursday. Michael Brennan was in second place and Gerry Mahon was in third place. Kate Walshe won the ladies’ competition and Mary Cunningham was in second place. Margaret Egan was in third place and Detta Cox was in fourth place.

There is an Open Over 55’s competition on Thursday and the usual Open Friday competition. On Saturday the Roscommon Gaels Classic takes place.

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Sacred Heart Hospital ‘keeps over 350 people out of nursing homes’

 The work of staff at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon ensures that in excess of 350 people each year are able to remain in their own homes rather than having to go into long-term care, Independent TD Denis Naughten said.

  “An analysis of the use of the 15 rehabilitation and respite beds in St. Catherine’s Ward at the Sacred Heart Hospital shows that over 350 people a year avail of this intensive support, which allows them to return to their own family homes instead of having to go into a nursing home,” he said.

  “If the Sacred Heart Hospital were to be downsized, then these beds would be unsustainable under the current funding structure.

  “As a result, hundreds of older people would not be able to avail of intensive rehabilitative support, which allows them to return to their own homes, rather than going into long-term care.

  “The respite beds at the hospital also provide valuable support to family carers and gives them a break that allows them to continue to provide 24/7 care to their older relative.

  “The amazing figure about St. Catherine’s Ward is that by helping older people and families, it keeps over 350 people out of long term care and it saves the HSE over €15.5m each year in reduced fees under the Fair Deal Nursing Home Support Scheme.”

  Deputy Naughten added: “This €15.5m is less than the total amount of money that is required to refurbish the remaining parts of the Sacred Heart Hospital, which would ensure that it is not downgraded.

  “I know that Health Minister Leo Varadkar is fully aware of the situation with the Sacred Heart Hospital.

  “And I now hope that he overrules the HSE by ensuring that the funding is provided to secure the long-term future of the hospital.”

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Roscommon into All-Ireland Camogie Final after stunning win

Liberty Insurance Premier Junior Camogie All-Ireland Semi-Final

Roscommon 1-9 Dublin 1-5

This was one of the best wins for the Roscommon camogie team in many years as they produced a brilliant display to defeat Dublin and qualify for the All-Ireland final in Croke Park on Sunday the 13th of September, where they will face Laois.

  Roscommon reversed a ten-point defeat at the hands of the same opposition earlier in the year to score an outstanding win and now they will head to the final with confidence following this superb victory.

  Dublin looked the likely winners at the three-quarter stage but a late surge from Roscommon saw them sweep past the Dubs and into the final. Overall Roscommon deserved to win as they dominated for long stretches.

  Roscommon, with Kelley Hopkins in brilliant form from frees and play on her return to the side, led by 0-7 to 0-3 at the break. However Dublin struck for an opportunist goal early in the second half from sub Carolanne Canning, which saw them take the lead.

  Roscommon were on top but they became nervous as the game went on and shot a number of bad wides. Then in the 53rd minute Kelley Hopkins’ free was flicked to the Dublin net by Niamh Farrell and suddenly Roscommon were back on top.

  Next Kelley Hopkins and Niamh Farrell copper-fastened Roscommon’s great win with late points.

  Roscommon will not need to be reminded that when they met Laois earlier in the championship the O’Moore County won by 13 points but if they can reverse a ten-point loss to Dublin then there is no reason why they cannot do the same with Laois and it promises to be a huge day for the game in the county when Roscommon play in Croke Park on Sunday 13th September.

Roscommon: C Connaughton; C Killeen, S Coyle, A Byrne; S Spillane, E Daly, J Beattie; N Coyle, R Fitzmaurice; K Hopkins (0-7), M Fannon, R Brennan (0-1); A McGeeney, N Farrell (1-1), F Connell. Sub: C Curley for Connell.

Dublin: A Spillane; C O’Reilly, G Ryan, D Powell; S McBride, M Kelly, R Noctor; J Brown, R Drohan; A McGrath, G Kelly (0-4), E Gallery; L Devoy (0-1), A McDonald, E Keenan. Subs: E Maher for Brown, S Walsh for McGrath, C Canning (1-0), for McDonald.

Referee: G Coulter.

 

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Rossies win three golds at World Handball finals

The World Handball Championships in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, concluded on Friday with the four-wall finals.

 Representing St Coman’s, Roscommon, Fiona Tully, and the Siobhan Tully/Linda Connolly combination took home gold medals in their respective grades.  In the Men’s flagship Open Doubles event, St Coman’s Rikki O’Gara and Ballaghderreen’s Joe McCann played sensationally to reach the final taking out very strong Irish and American opposition along the way.

  Fiona Tully showed why she was part of the Irish Team in the 2012 World Games in Dublin and came back to form in 2015 with a sensational win, in what was an extremely competitive Girls 17&under event.

  Fiona also won silver in the One-wall doubles with Tyrone’s Elise McCrory, losing the final narrowly to Niamh Coleman and Alanna Doran.

  Fiona looks to be back to her best and deserves great credit for her dedication, following a hampered preparation because of a serious back injury. It must be noted that Fiona is the last of a very, very long line of great handballers coached by Roscommon’s Mr. Handball, Michael Naughton and it is fitting that he bows out of coaching at the very highest level.

Ladies ‘C’ Doubles

Fiona’s sister Siobhan and Hawthorn Drive neighbour Linda Connolly took the ladies ‘C’ Doubles accolades. They defeated opposition from India and Ireland to meet the strongly tipped Laura Keever (Waterford) and Kristian Rude (USA) in the final.

  Linda and Siobhan shot out of the blocks with strong serves which broke off the back court and around the back wall to force point after point. Their court positioning and telepathy smacked of ideal preparation and weak returns from the opposition were finished off with kill shots from Siobhan and pass shots from Linda. Two quick time-outs in the first game could not help Laura and Kristian to settle. Game one went to the St Coman’s ladies 21-10.

  A switch of positions by the opposition seemed to work at the start of the second game, where the Coman’s ladies went down 6-1. But Siobhan and Linda quickly found their rhythm again and closed the final out in two games, 21-10, 21-16.

Mens Open Doubles

Although the final ended in disappointment for Rikki O’Gara and Joe McCann in the Men’s Open Doubles event, these two guys gave handball fans a thrilling few days in the University Campus in Calgary. On this top stage, Rikki and Joe, against the odds, took out world renowned and pro handball players with each round.

  Colm Jordan (Irl) and Jon Iglasius (USA) were first to fall, followed by the highly decorated Sean Lenning and Marcos Chavez (USA). Rikki and Joe were not fazed either by taking on Michael Finnegan and Charlie Shanks in the semi, even after going down in the first game. They came through the match after some brilliant retrieving, finishing and a slower pace strategy, on a scoreline of 10-21, 21-18, 11-4.  In the final Rikki and Joe faced up to two of Ireland’s top players, Robbie McCarthy and Diarmuid Nash.

 The key to the entire match was the first game, where the Roscommon pair looked in control for virtually all the game leading, 18-14, but then failing to finish off the game and at this level even one or two missed chances can prove fatal.

  The clinical finishing of this left-right Clare/Westmeath combination proved too much in the end and the brave Roscommon challenge succumbed on a scoreline of 21-18, 21-4.

  A number of the Open doubles games were webcast by the World Pro Handball and shown on ESPN.

  To hear the USA commentators talk about Rogue & Co in Roscommon Town shows how Rikki and Joe, if not before, are now household names in handball and sporting circles. Rikki and Joe did Roscommon and Ballaghaderreen very proud and are fantastic ambassadors for their respective clubs and counties.

Boys 15 & under

Michael Egan’s improvement continued in very impressive style as he reached the semi-final of the 15&under event, where he gave eventual champion Tiernan Agnew from Clare by far his toughest match of the campaign before going down 21-9, 21-16. Michael had beaten the number three seed Cormac Munroe in his quarter-final 21-12.

Boys 17 & under

Cathal O’Connor had a very good win in his first round match against Cork’s Eoghan Sheehan, before running into another Corkonian, the excellent Tadhg O’Neill. Despite trying his best Cathal was really up against it and lost in two straight against one of the top players in the competition.

Men’s ‘A’

Oisin Naughton was really up against it in the ultra-competitive Men’s ‘A’ grade. He had a marathon opening match against Cavan’s Patrick Clerkin before unluckily going down 11-9 in the tie-breaker.

In the doubles Oisin and Clare’s Fergal Coughlan had a good opening round win against Canadian opposition before losing decisively to eventual winners Ryan Harkin and Tadhg Carroll from Cork.

  Congrats to all players, coaches and officials from the county and beyond for their efforts in the 2015 World Handball Championships.

  No write-up on the 2015 World Handball Championships would be complete without mentioning Cavan’s Paul Brady. Paul won the Men’s Open Singles event in Calgary, claiming his fifth consecutive World Open singles title.

 

 

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