Roscommon had two winners in the 40×20 Connacht Colleges finals held in Castlebar last Sunday writes Aengus Cunningham.
While the final line-ups in the county junior 60×30 championships was confirmed.
40×20 Connacht Colleges
Rory Carthy of Roscommon CBS won the Junior singles and Lisacul’s Shauna Corrigan representing St. Nathy’s Ballaghaderreen was an impressive winner of the Girls First Year singles.
Rory had a very tough semi-final against Padraig McNeela of Galway’s Colaiste Einde, losing an excellent first game 14-15, but he upped the ante considerably and ran out a 15-5, 15-7 winner.
His final against Enniscrone’s Darragh Bourke looked a much easier matter when Rory won the first 15-1, but Darragh improved dramatically in the second and led for much of the game before Rory once again showed great composure, cooly winning the match 15-10.
Despite limited preparation Lisacul’s talented Shauna Corrigan won the girls first year singles quite comfortably against Ailbhe Ni Ghionnain of Colaiste Chroi An Spideal.
Once Shauna established her serve her excellent movement and all-round game gave her a fine 15-4, 15-5 win.
Rory’s younger brother Eoghan Carthy met his old rival Gavin Kelly of Clarin College in the boy’s first year singles and they had another cracker.
Eoghan dominated most of the first game but Gavin always stayed in it and in the end he just pipped Eoghan 15-14.
The effort looked to have taken a lot out of the Galway youngster, but some soft points early in the second gave him the lead and though Eoghan made a good comeback he lost the second 15-6.
Reigning All-Ireland 60×30 champions Carragh Kennedy and Siobhan Treacy (Roscommon Community College) had a very disappointing outing when they succumbed rather easily to HRC Mountbellew’s Emma Kinane and Niamh Burke.
Emma was the outstanding player in the court and she started as she meant to finish by whipping out powerful serves and killing expertly. The Galway girls dominated the entire match and won 15-2, 15-5.
40×20 County Championships
Once again the county junior-final will be between Lisacul’s Denis Creaton and St. Coman’s Oisin Naughton.
Denis had a good solid win in his semi-final against Darren Beatty who is just working his way back after recovering from a broken leg last year.
The evergreen Denis was always in command and won 21-12, 21-10.
Oisin had a tougher game against Lisacul’s Gordon Nolan using his experience and excellent roof game to beat the more offensive-minded Nolan. Gordon simply missed too many shots and Oisin made him pay winning 21-14, 21-18.
Ladies junior ‘B’ Final
St. Coman’s Laura Mannion had a very good win when she defeated Lisacul’s Aoife McDonagh 21-12, 21-11 in their Ladies Junior ‘B’ final.
Once Laura established a very good serve she controlled the match from the middle of the court and never relented.
Junior B Semi-finals
The junior ‘B’ final will be a battle of youth versus experience as Dylan Hanley had a fine win over his St. Coman’s clubmate Colm Walsh.
While Colm killed some beautiful shots Dylan’s amazing ability to pick shots all over the court saw him wear down the classy left-hander. The first was nip and tuck the whole way before Dylan took it 21-20.
While the second was close Dylan always kept his nose in front and won 21-15.
The other semi was a disappointing affair as Cathal O’Connor was very off-form and Darragh ‘Techno’ O’Gara remarkable fitness for someone his age took full advantage and ran out an easy 21-7, 21-5 winner.
Junior ‘C’ Semi-finals
The first semi-final of the junior ‘C’ grade had an excellent first game as Fergal Timmons just pipped Tom Killion 21-19.
This was a real back and forth encounter but one that Killion needed to win as Timmons’ superior fitness was always going to be hard to overcome in three games.
The second was much less competitive and Timmons won 21-6.
Fergal will meet young Brian Mannion in the final as Brian had a comfortable win over Mount Talbot’s Diarmuid Treacy in their semi-final.
Brian was always on top and won in two straight games. The final should be a 50/50 affair and offers an interesting contrast in styles.
There will be a triple bill of County finals in St. Coman’s next Saturday.
Starting at 6pm is the junior ‘C’ final between Fergal Timmons and Brian Mannion, followed at approximately 7pm by the junior ‘B’ final between Dylan Hanley and Darragh O’Gara.
Finally following that the junior final between Denis Creaton and Oisin Naughton.