St. Coman’s star Fiona Tully teamed up with her DCU teammate Meadhbh Ni Dhalaigh to regain the World Collegiate (Third Level) Doubles title they last won two years ago.
The Roscommon/Dublin combination have been very successful in the last few years and scored an excellent win in the final over Minnesota State’s Ciana Ni Curraoin and Maddie Kennedy.
Their teamwork was plain to see in the first game which they took 21-5. The Galway/USA combination improved in the second but it wasn’t enough as it went DCU’s way 21-17.
Ciana had earlier beaten Fiona in the singles final 21-11, 21-3, where the difference in fitness really told in the second.
40×20 Adult Connacht Finals
Of the six Roscommon finalists in the adult 40×20 Connacht finals only Sean Jennings emerged successful.
On paper the Lisacul man’s win over Ballaghadereen’s Vinny Moran in the Masters ‘A’ grade looked like a big upset, but these two are no strangers to each other having trained together consistently for years.
In a back and forth battle which pitched Jennings clever touches against Vinny’s power killing Sean took the first 21-16 before Vinny came back to take the second 21-18.
Jenning’s started stronger in the third and unfortunately Moran had to pull out with an injury while down 2-15 in the third.
Galway’s stylish Seamus Conneelly has been a thorn in Denis Creaton’s side for the last few years.
The son of former top senior Eamon, Conneelly beat Creaton once more in their Junior Connacht final on a scoreline of 21-11, 21-18.
As is the norm for Creaton he gave everything he had and could definitely have taken the second but Conneelly was just that little bit too consistent for him.
Mayo’s Lorcan Conlon beat St. Coman’s Liam Egan 21-14, 21-4 in their Minor Connacht final.
Although Egan hadn’t put in a huge amount of preparation, he took advantage of some loose play by Conlon in the first and with a bit more sharpness he could have taken it, but the second saw the Bofield lad tidy up his game and run out a comfortable winner.
Kilglass’s David Coggeran had a marathon battle with Mayo’s Aidan Connaughton in their Over 35 ‘B’ Connacht final. In a match that could have gone either way Coggeran just lost out 21-13, 11-21, 17-21.
Curraghboy’s John Kelly was beaten by Sligo’s Gerry Coleman 18-21, 11-21 in their Golden Masters ‘B’ Connacht final.
Fergal Timmons lost out to the much younger Ciaran Moran of Newport 21-14, 21-7 in their Junior ‘C’ Connacht final.
40×20 Juvenile Connacht Finals
Roscommon had two winners in the recent 40×20 Juvenile Connacht championships held in Collooney, Co. Sligo’s beautiful new court.
Due to County football commitments Lisacul’s talented Shauna Corrigan had to concede home court advantage to Galway’s Ava Sweeney in their Girls U14 decider.
Shauna lost the first game while getting used to the surroundings, but from then on she knuckled down and won a hard-fought match in three games.
Siobhan Treacy utilised an excellent lob serve in her Girls U17 encounter with Galway’s Niamh Burke and allied to her impressive court coverage and clever shot placement Siobhan was never troubled and ran out a comfortable winner in two straight games.
Both girls will compete in the All-Ireland semi-finals this coming Sunday in Munster venues.
The remaining Roscommon competitors competed well without success, the pick being Girls U13 finalist Shona Kennedy, who lost a three game cracker to Galway’s Niamh Kennedy.
Eoghan Carthy was well beaten by Galway’s very strong Feidhlim O’Diolluin in the Boys U14 event, while older brother Rory, conceding a year to Galway’s brilliant Mikey Kelly, was beaten in the U16 semi-final. Carragh Kennedy also lost her semi-final to Galway’s excellent Emma Kinane.
40×20 Adult Doubles County Championship
The talented duo of Colm Walshe and Dylan Hanley have teamed up together for the Junior ‘B’ doubles and they beat their St. Coman’s club-mates Cathal O’Connor and Gary Kelly 21-13, 21-13 in the County semi-final last Saturday.
Although they were convincing winners, a lot more preparation is required if they expect to go deep in this competition.
St. Coman’s Tom Killion and Fergal Timmons looked in trouble in the first game of their Junior ‘C’ County semi-final against Curraghboy’s John Kelly and Alan Mannion when they trailed 9-15, but Fergal took the game by the scruff of the neck and helped the power back to win 21-15, 21-8.