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Golf News 7th August

Carrick-on-Shannon Golf Club

Tuesday is our weekly Open Day and for your diary. Carrick Open Week will run from August 16th to August 21st.

Ladies, Gents and Mixed competitions throughout the week to include: Scramble, Singles Stableford, V Par, Fourball.Book online or call Chris on 071 9667015.

Afterwards you can relax in The Bunker Bar with a tasty wrap, sandwich, soup, salad, or a delicious home cooked meal.

Congratulations to Eamonn McGirl on a very successful Captains Week culminating in Captains Day on Sunday.

Captains Prize to Ladies was won by Anna Smith followed by Eimear Gallagher in Second place. Gross to Ann Keenan while Mary King came Third. Front 9 to Siobhan Talbot with Back 9 to Oonagh Talbot.

Captains Prize to Beginner Ladies was won by Berni Matthews, followed by Marion Dolan in second and Mae Sorohan in third.

Castlerea Golf Club

The results of last Sunday’s competition the Bernie Keane Memorial: 1st Liam Walsh with 63, 2nd Tony Mitchell with 64, Cat 1 Ignatius Hayden with 64, Cat 2 Patrick O’Connor Jnr with 66 and Cat 3 Derek Tully with 68.

The following are the recent results of the Ladies competitions: Celia Mulligan with 35pts, winner of Bernie Keane Memorial on 31st July, Mamie Creaton with 35pts, winner of Doyles Centra on 28th July and Maura Kelly with 40pts, winner of Liam Walsh Financial Services played on 21st July.

Next Sunday is the 1st round of the Captains Prize. The draw for partners and times will take place on Saturday at 6pm so please have your name on the time sheet in advance.

The Prize for the Ladies will be played for on Tuesday 11th August.

Roscommon Golf Club

Congratulations to Seamus Fallon winner of Captain Ken Kearney’s Prize 2015. All competitors played the first 18 holes and the top 27 qualifiers played an additional 9 holes on Sunday evening in atrocious weather conditions.

Seamus finished with a score of 105.5 nett for the 27 holes just half a shot clear of runner-up Francie Grehan on 106 and one shot better than John Carter in third place.

The other prize-winners were: 1st Gross Enda Daly, 4th nett Tom Donohue, 2nd Gross Liam Casey, 5th nett Charlie Farrell, Past Captain’s Jack Halliday, Seniors Michael Sharkey, 1st 18 hole nett Kevin Glynn, Junior Boys 1st Simon Walker, 2nd Alan Connaughton, Beginner Boys Nathan O’Connor, Boys Putting competition James Lynch, Ladies 1st prize Kate Walshe 2nd Mary Seymour.

The Category 1 winner of the ladies’ Tuesday competition, sponsored by Galaxy Hair and Beauty, was Ruth Lennon with 71 nett.

Joan Hannon was the Category 2 winner with 75 nett and Mary Pender was the Category 3 winner with 80 nett.

Charlie Brennan won the Over 55’s competition on Thursday. Eddie Moran was in second place and John McGrath was in third place.

Kay Ruane won the ladies’ competition and Mary Jo O’Riordan was in second place. Mary Mellett was in third place and Jackie Maxwell was in fourth place. Our Jack O’Sullivan team and our ladies’ Meile Fourball team both lost out in close competitions at the semi-final stage during the week.

Good luck to all the ladies participating in President Cathal McConn’s Prize to the ladies during the week. Good luck to the Junior Foursomes team who take on Barna on Saturday.

The draw for the President’s Prize to the men is on the notice board and the preliminary round must be played by 8th August.

Comans’ players gear up for world championships

The World Handball Championships take place once every three years, shared in rotation between Ireland, Canada and USA and this time around it's the turn of Calgary on the west side of Canada, who will host the ultimate test in handball from the 11th to 21st August.

  Unfortunately, due to a combination of economic climate, the timing of the event, emigration and injuries the numbers travelling from St. Coman's are well down on previous foreign trips, but there is still some optimism over the chances of those making the long journey in the next week or so.

  Rikki O'Gara won the 'A' doubles title in the 2012 Worlds with Damien Martin and reached the singles final, so, early in the year the plan was to make a real assault on the Open Doubles title, however, a serious back injury suffered by Damien in the meantime put paid to that. Rikki now teams up with Ballaghadereen's Joe McCann and judging from their training matches and both players' experience they are a team that nobody will look forward to playing.

  Despite still being in the recovery stages from a serious back injury, Fiona Tully in the Girls 17&under probably represents the best chance of Roscommon success. A fully fit Fiona would normally be strongly favoured in this event, but with very hampered preparations the odds have levelled out considerably. However, such are her skill levels that the Hawthorn Drive star is still rightly regarded as a serious threat.

  Michael Egan and Cathal O'Connor are the other juveniles travelling and they have put in a serious amount of training in the last six months. Michael will be a strong contender in the 15&under singles while his partnership with Inis Mor native Peter O'Donncha could well go all the way in the doubles equivalent. Cathal is in a very strong grade, but his cool head and confidence could see him advance to the later stages in the 17&under singles, while he partners Galway's Jamie Kelly in the doubles.

  Oisin Naughton will take part in the 'A' division, which is full of top-class players. The super-fit Oisin has prepared as thoroughly as ever and interestingly teams up with Clare's Fergal Coughlan in the doubles.

  Siobhan Tully, Linda Connolly and Laura Mannion are all taking part in the Ladies 'C' event, with Siobhan and Linda teaming up in the doubles and Laura partnering Niamh Egan. All girls have prepared hard and could well feature at the business end.

  The travelling players have received sponsored equipment from a number of sources and St. Coman's would sincerely like to thank the generosity of the Abbey Hotel Health & Leisure for jersies, Hannon's Hotel for half-zip tops, Dunnes Stores for kit bags and Bank of Ireland for gear bags.

Heartbreak as Roscommon lose All-Ireland by one point

All-Ireland Ladies U-16 B Final

Waterford 2-9 Roscommon 3-5

The Roscommon U-16 ladies team suffered All-Ireland Final heartbreak when they were agonisingly defeated by a one-point margin by Waterford in Nenagh last night (Wednesday).

After being ten points down at one stage in the first half Roscommon produced a gallant performance after the interval to reduce their deficit to a single point in injury-time, but try as they might they couldn't muster the all-important equaliser.

Waterford exploded out of the blocks and were 1-3 to no reply up within five minutes with their goal coming from the impressive Kaiesha Tobin.

A shell-shocked Roscommon did settle into it and after a succession of scoreable wides Sinead Farrell opened their account in the 16th minute from a free.

However a slick Waterford side soon struck again and after corner-forward Hannah Power fisted to the net in the 19th minute, Roscommon soon found themselves 2-5 to 0-1 down.

Despite that grim scoreline Roscommon were competing quite well but couldn't translate their possession into scores, that was until corner-forward Sarah Scally found the net twice within three minutes to offer her side a glimmer of hope at the interval.

It was 2-7 to 2-1 at the break.

After Waterford went seven points ahead within seconds of the restart, Roscommon took the initiative and points from Aoife Gavin, Farrell and Louise Brady reduced the arrears to four. Roscommon were now in the ascendancy.

After missing a number of goal chances the goal they needed to resurrect their challenge duly arrived two minutes from time from Niamh Shanagher.

In a frantic finale the sides exchanged points through Farrell for Roscommon and Tobin for Waterford, and while Roscommon piled on late pressure, the equaliser proved elusive, and it was Waterford who were triumphant at the final whistle.

What an effort from a heartbroken and gallant Roscommon.

Roscommon: R. Cox; R. Gallagher, S. Dowd, A. Curley; C. O'Dowd, R. Wynne, E. McNally; M. McHugh, H. Payne; A. Gavin, S. Farrell, C. Corcoran; S. Scally, N. Shanagher, N. Fleming.

Can ladies slay Sligo to secure All-Ireland quarter-final spot?

Roscommon and Sligo renew rivalries in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football Championship when they meet this Saturday with a quarter-final place at stake (against Waterford). The game is in Ballinamore with a throw-in time of 3.45 pm.

  When Roscommon and Sligo met in the Connacht Championship earlier in the year Sligo won by four points.

  However it is generally accepted that there would not be a lot between Roscommon and Sligo and it is a game that Roscommon can win if they play well on the day.

  Roscommon manager Kieran Kilkenny told the Roscommon People this week that his charges are looking forward to the game.

  “When we met earlier in the championship we had loads of chances and we shot a lot of wides whereas they were more clinical in front of goal. If we can play well and are more accurate in front of goal then we can turn the tables.

  “I was very happy with the spirit that we showed in the win against Tipperary last week. We came back well in extra-time to win and we showed great character to win.

  “We have a full bill of health and everyone who was available to us against Tipperary will be there again this weekend so that’s positive.

  “We are going down to Ballinamore in a positive frame of mind and if we can take our chances and watch our discipline then we are well capable of winning this game. I am urging as many Roscommon fans to come along on the day and give us a bit of support. That would be very important to us” he concluded.

  Roscommon will be hoping for big performances from Jenny Downey, who has been the team’s scorer-in-chief, Jenny Higgins, Siobhan Tully, Sinead Kenny, Martina Freyne and the returning Amanda McLoone, all of whom have major roles to play.

  Roscommon have shown great resilience in the championship so far. They were unlucky to lose out against Leitrim by a point and they came back a number of times against a strong Tipperary side after extra-time in the last round to win that one. Roscommon should turn the tables this time around.

Prediction: Roscommon.

 

 

Mediocre championships need a boost

The football and hurling championships are now coming towards the business end of proceedings and by the time the top four in the football championship is settled and the top two in the hurling championship is decided I fear that there will be a very familiar look to it all.

This year’s hurling championship has been mediocre, to say the least. Tactics have taken over and while there have been some great team displays – like the one we saw from Galway last weekend – there have been very few goals and free-takers have taken over.

It would be fantastic for the game and for the GAA if Waterford and Galway were to qualify for the final, but what are the chances of that happening?

I know that the purists would love another Tipperary v Kilkenny All-Ireland final clash but what about the rest of the sporting population? It would be boring, predictable and unattractive for most neutrals.

I also have to laugh at all the coverage of the ‘Crisis in Cork GAA.’ Here is a county with a couple of hundred very strong GAA clubs, who have a massive tradition of both hurling and football.

Sure, they have had a few barren years in both codes and maybe their underage success is not all that they should have but to suggest that there is a ‘crisis’ is a laugh.

Cork will always be one of the strongest GAA counties and to suggest otherwise is a joke.

They are well capable of sorting out their problems. If there is a crisis in Cork GAA then God help the rest of us.

In the football championship Fermanagh showed Roscommon that we could easily be in the All-Ireland quarter-finals this weekend when they were far too good for a very poor Westmeath side last weekend.

Fermanagh are a breath of fresh air and are been very well managed by Pete McGrath, but the romance will stop on Sunday next when they meet the Dubs.

It has been a good run for Fermanagh but they are as far as they are going to get. If they can keep the margin below 15 points they will be doing well.

The qualifiers on Saturday will be interesting although I expect that Tyrone will be far too strong for Sligo.

However the second game promises to be much closer. Donegal will be the strong favourites to win but Galway are a great side in Croke Park and with no expectations weighing them down in this game, they can throw caution to the wind.

Donegal should be too strong for them but I am expecting a really good showing from Kevin Walsh’s men.

Kerry v Kildare on Sunday will be interesting. Kildare have built up great momentum in the qualifiers after being hammered by Dublin and on their best day are a good side.

But there is a dour superiority about this current Kerry side who are superbly managed by Eamon Fitzmaurice.

If Kerry are in a tight corner they will know what to do and they should win by five or six points.

Castlerea Golf Club makes history

History was made by Castlerea Golf Club last weekend when they won the Connacht title in the Irish Mixed Foursomes Challenge Cup for the first time. It was even more exciting for the club as they were the hosts for the event.

  In the final against Co. Sligo, Valerie Callaghan and Kieran Kenny won their match on the 14th hole, Mary Gunning and Liam Walsh were beaten on the 15th hole, Maura Tully and Dara Bruen won their match on the 16th hole and Celia Mulligan and Matt Griffith were beaten on the 15th hole. This left the match level at 2-2.

  Mamie Creighton and Daryl Kelly were also level with their Co. Sligo opposition after playing the 17th hole and it was now down to the wire playing the 18th hole.

  Castlerea won the match when Co. Sligo missed the last putt on the 18th hole in a nail-biting finish.

  There were huge celebrations at this brilliant win for the club.

  Earlier in the weekend Castlerea defeated Mountbellew 3-2, and in the semi-final they defeated Oughterard in a thrilling match that was decided on the 19th hole of the final game with Liam Walsh and Mary Gunning grabbing the vital win.

  The Castlerea history-makers were: Daryl Kelly and Mamie Creaton, Kieran Kenny and Valerie Callaghan, Dara Bruen and Maura Tully, Liam Walsh and Mary Gunning. Reserves: Ignatius Hayden and Kay O’Loughlin, Gerry McDonagh and Mary Coleary.

  Castlerea Golf Club are now through to the All-Ireland Finals 

Who has fared best in transfer market?

It may seem strange to say but perhaps the most intriguing part of the soccer season is actually the crazy summer transfer market when teams desperately scramble to try and assemble squads capable of achieving their goals.

  The most active Premiership club in the market thus far has been Liverpool, who acted very quickly to acquire the services of seven new players (so far) in the off-season.

  Their fans will be hopeful the €32.5 million acquisition of Christian Benteke will transform their recent fortunes, but it is the signing of James Milner which I think will be of most importance to the ‘Pool going forward.

  In the absence of veteran captain Steven Gerrard, Milner’s signing was a crucial one to solidify their central midfield department, and I think he was be a key asset for them this year.

  However, unless they bring in another world class talent, which is highly unlikely, I can't see them replicating their title tilt exploits of two seasons ago, and a top four finish will be the aim again this year.

  Man. Utd have also been busy in the market of late. Bastian Schweinsteiger will be a pivotal addition, and he is exactly the type of player that United need at this moment in time. Controlling the game from a deep-lying midfield position, his experience, vision and creativity will prove invaluable this year.

  However perhaps the greatest achievement which Louis van Gaal can pull off this year is to get the best out of the players they already have. If he can get Juan Mata, Angel di Maria and Wayne Rooney firing on all cylinders, they may just mount a title bid.

  Arsenal have pulled off the most astute piece of business during the summer. The signing of experienced goalkeeper Petr Cech could see them end an 11-year wait for a coveted Premiership crown, although another top class striker and a central defender wouldn’t go astray either.

  The most protracted transfer summer saga ended a couple of weeks ago when Man. City finally got their man, parting with €49 million for Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling. He will no doubt prove a vital player for them over time, but his transfer fee was excessive, and I think Liverpool are the real winners here.

  Chelsea have been rather subdued in the market so far but the signing of Radamel Falcao could prove a stroke of genius. He was much-maligned for his performances for Man. Utd last season but how much of that had to do with the way the team was playing rather than the player himself?

  He will thrive on the service that he will get at Chelsea, and I think he was be a very key understudy to Diego Costa. I’m backing him to recapture his form in a more complete Chelsea side.

  There will, of course, be more twists before the season starts, but if the season began today Chelsea would still be favourites to retain their crown, The Premiership returns on August 8th.

  

Fallon fires Four Roads into last four

Kepak SHC (Group A)

Four Roads 0-21 Roscommon Gaels 0-14

A sensational 3rd minute injury-time free from Four Roads goalkeeper Noel Fallon sent his side through to the semi-finals of the Kepak SHC at the expense of Roscommon Gaels in Athleague last Sunday.

In the most dramatic of finales, Fallon’s effort from all of 120 metres handed Four Roads the seven-point advantage they required to leapfrog the Gaels in the group and book an automatic place in the last four.

Roscommon Gaels can still make the semi-finals via the play-off route. Playing with a strong breeze in the opening half, the Gaels stormed into a 0-9 to 0-6 advantage at the break, but had to brace themselves for the inevitable onslaught which was to follow after the interval.

It duly arrived, and at the three-quarter mark Four Roads had overturned their deficit to lead the game by 0-12 to 0-10.

The Tisrara-based club stretched their lead even further as the clock wound down, but when the Gaels pointed through Gary Waldron on the stroke of full-time to reduce the margin to six, it looked like they had done enough.

Cue the late drama however, and Fallon’s incredible last-gasp intervention sparked wild celebrations for the champions, as a dejected Gaels side couldn't believe their luck.

Kepak SHC (Group B)

Athleague 0-17 St Dominic’s 2-9

An ET Murray inspired Athleague secured an automatic place in the Kepak SHC semi-final with a slender victory over St Dominic’s in Athleague last Friday evening.

Murray was the star of the show and his impressive personal haul of 0-11 inspired Athleague to victory, despite a plucky effort from St Dominic’s.

Indeed it was two late efforts from Murray which won the day for his side, following a titanic battle between the teams.

Tommy Doyle and Brendan Hanley had earlier goaled for St Dominic’s.

Kepak SHC (Group A) Padraig

Pearses 1-24 Tremane 1-9

Padraig Pearses secured their place in the Kepak SHC semi-finals with a facile 1-24 to 1-9 victory over a poor Tremane side in Athleague on Saturday evening.

Without a number of key players, it was always going to be tough for Tremane, and Pearses built up an eight-point interval lead without breaking much of a sweat.

That trend continued after the break and while Sean Mahony and David Sweeney exchanges goals, Pearses were always in control and ran out comfortable 15-point victors at the final whistle.

A Royal audience for Roscommon minor hurlers

Roscommon’s Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor B Hurling Championship gets underway this Saturday when they host Meath in Athleague.

There is a wealth of good talent at underage level in Roscommon and if the players can play as a collective unit focused on their task they can meet the challenge that any opposition throws at them.

Preparation for the championship have been greatly assisted by participation in the Connacht GAA Niall McInerney Tournament in Galway.

The competition, named after the Galway legend, saw Roscommon beat a Clare U-17 team and Galway U-16 team and narrowly lose out to Galway U-17s in the final.

This performance by the players has given the management team of Kieran Farrell, Joe Connaughton, Francis Kelly and Kevin McGeeney plenty of options to consider ahead of this opening fixture.

The team is trained by Athleague native Stephen Glennon, who is now living in Craughwell and is the trainer of the Craughwell Senior Hurling team.

Roscommon have also had two challenge games against Craughwell and Mayo, which have given each player an insight into his game and how he needs to develop in order to become an effective county player.

Roscommon will look to players like Michael Kelleghan, Jack Gunning and Michael Feeley to shore up the defence. They will look to Gearoid Keenan, Thomas Clayton and Eoghan Costello in midfield and Daniel Glynn, Brian Lawlor, John Murray and Tommy Doyle up front to do the scoring.

Saturday’s game throws in at 2 pm and your support would be appreciated.

Roscommon Minor Hurling panel: L. Og Murray (Athleague-Tremane), K. Kelly (Padraig Pearses), L. Clogher (Padraig Pearses), M. Kelleghan (Athleague-Tremane), J. Gunning (Oran), S. Downey (Padraig Pearses), M. Feeley (St. Dominic’s), T. Clayton (Athleague-Tremane), T. Cullen (Roscommon Gaels), J. Donoghue (Padraig Pearses), A. Clogher (Four Roads), S. Clogher (Four Roads), G. Keenan (Oran), E. Costello (Padraig Pearses), D. Kelly (Four Roads), J. Mulry (Four Roads), R. Kilcline (St. Dominic’s), B. Lawlor (Four Roads), T. Doyle (St. Dominic’s), D. Glynn (Padraig Pearses), J. Donoghue (Four Roads), M. Farrell (Oran), K. Feehily (Padraig Pearses), A. Lyons (Athleague-Tremane), D. Ryan (Padraig Pearses), B. Fallon (Athleague-Tremane), R. Murray (Roscommon Gaels), J. Walker (Roscommon Gaels) and J. Curley (Padraig Pearses).

Golf News 31st July

Boyle Golf Club

Thursday night’s Mens Competition was won by Pat Conroy with 28 points. 2nd was Lorcan Egan with 27 points and 3rd Michael Gilmartin with 27 points.

  Friday’s Scramble was won by Marie Gallagher, Liam Whyte and John McGuinn; 2nd were Carmel Keenan, Lionel Lynn and Charlie O’Donnell; 3rd were Pat Conroy, Michael Simon and Seamus Gallagher.

  Saturday’s Arts Festival Open was won by John McGuinn (40 points) – 2nd was Paddy McLoughlin (40 points), Gross winner was Owen Garvin and 3rd was Michael Simon (39 points).

  Next Sunday is the Captain’s Prize and the club sends best wishes to Captain Michael Rush for a great weekend.

  Other competitions this week are a Par 3 competition on Thursday, Captain’s Scramble on Friday – draw at 6.30 and a 9-hole re-entry on bank holiday Monday. Please note the course will be closed from 6 pm on Saturday to prepare for Sunday.

  In King Harmon news good luck to all the quarter-finalists. The full line-up is Seamus Gallagher v Shane O’Dowd, Charlie O’Donnell v Niall Kearney, Lionel Lynn v Patrick Egan and Willie Tiernan v Brendan Gaffney.

  Presentation of July prizes and club draw takes place on Thursday evening after the Par 3 Competition.

 

Carrick-on-Shannon Golf Club

Carrick Open Week will run from August 16th to August 21st. Ladies, Gents and Mixed competitions throughout the week. More details next week. To book, call Chris on 071-9667015.

  Best wishes to Captain Eamonn McGirl as he hosts a series of events throughout the week. Over the weekend Ladies and Gents will play for their coveted Captain’s Prizes. Presentation of Captain’s Prizes on Sunday evening at 9.30 followed by entertainment.

  Having come 3rd in the PGA Tankard, and 2nd in President’s prize to Ladies, Mary King has her first win of the season with 32 points. Oonagh Talbot (30 points) followed in second place. Gross went to Siobhan Talbot with Phil McWeeney in third (29 points).

  Anna Smith shows no fear when it comes to stroke competitions. She chalked up her second win of the season with a very respectable net of 67 (in May Anna also won The Bush Hotel Stroke).

 

Roscommon Golf Club

Members were delighted that the club draw and classic were a great success and generated vital revenue to maintain the standard of the course, clubhouse and grounds.

  On Saturday night the mood in the clubhouse for the presentation to the winners of the classic and for the draw reflected the ‘job well done’ atmosphere.

  Captain Ken Kearney thanked all the people who had supported the draw and played in the classic. He expressed, on behalf of all the members, his appreciation of the local businesses who once again had come up with generous sponsorship. He thanked the committee who had organised the events and singled out Michael McHale for the exceptional dedication he had shown in driving this fund-raising event that would benefit every member of the club.

  Michael himself added his own words of appreciation to all the people who had supported him in this successful undertaking and was especially grateful to the local businesses for their sponsorship.

  The winning team in the classic was Barry Garvin, John Paul O’Gara, Aaron Fullard and Tom Beirne with 97 points. In second place, with 97 points also, were F. McGuinness, M. McGuinness, G. Ryan and P. Casey from Castlerea. We greatly appreciate the support for the classic and draw of friends of the club who are not members and it was nice to see our friends from Castlerea getting one of the top prizes. In third place were Dan O’Brien, Phelim Henry, Peter Brady and Bob McCormack. In all, twelve teams collected prizes.

  The winners in the club draw, which took place on Saturday night were Rosaleen Penny, Tommy Regan, Ian Gannon and Gary Carr. June Halliday won the ladies’ Tuesday competition, sponsored by John Finn Electrical, with 34 points. In second place was Kay Ruane with 33 points. Willie Weldon won the Over 55’s competition on Thursday. Charlie McDonnell was in second place and Jackie Kilroy was in third place.

  Margaret Egan won the ladies’ competition and Joan Moran was in second place. Mary Pender was in third place and Angela Hewitt was in fourth place. The draw for both the men’s President’s and Captain’s Prizes will take place this Thursday night so there is still time to get names on the entry sheets.

  Good luck to our Ladies’ Meile Fourball team who take on Portumna in the Regional semi-final on this Friday.

  Members were saddened by the death of Peter Kirwan, a long-time member of the club, a true gentleman who was highly regarded by all who knew him. 

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