TOPIC • 15February, 2018 SPORT 47 Beginners sessions proving to be very popular LAKESIDE WHEELERS NOTES In just a few short weeks, the new beginners cycling sessions have proven to be very popular amongst the novice riders who have braved the elements in recent weeks. The induction training is a new initiative driven by regular members Bob O’Ceallaigh, Gerry Wallace, Tom Carolan and Steve Franzoni. The following is a report which details some of the work undertaken by this new group. Lakeside Wheelers Cycling Club Beginners’ Course has reached its fourth week. Around 12 beginners have attended each of the weekly sessions to date. The weather has not been totally kind, with the first and third Saturdays being particularly cold. However, we were rewarded with a beautiful mild and sunny Saturday on February 10th. Each session begins with a briefing and a practical demonstration of various The late Gaybo Howard interviews Damien Shaw ahead of the Destination Sport Mullingar Crit in 2017. cycling skills, after which, the participants are given the opportunity to perfect these skills. Following this demo, the cyclists are taken out on the Old Rail Trail for a spin. Over the last month, the distance has been gradually extended to about 35km, with all participants coming through with flying colours. Of course, there is always a coffee stop along the way to give any aching legs a welcome break. To date, the course participants have learned about road safety, cycling etiquette, bike maintenance, clothing, safety equipment and fitness. Next week the group leaders hope to extend the distance even further to about 40km, which will be a big step up for the newbies. The main aim is for all participants to be able to progress to the D Group which meets at our clubhouse in the Army Barracks at 9.00am on Saturday mornings. Any member who thinks they may be able to help out with the beginners’ training is most welcome and should contact Bob O’Ceallaigh or Gerry Wallace. YOUTHS The following piece, by Youths reporter Tommy Hogan, gives some insight into how the underage training is developing. Saturday 3rd February Last week’s training session was a two and a half hour spin with Mossy Keane. It was flat for most of the ride, with a couple of small hills thrown in to keep us honest. We did efforts on these hillier sections to keep ourselves warm on what was a very cold and windy day. The spin was designed to be an easy 60km ride to give us a rest after three hard weeks of training. On Tuesday we had our weekly Wattbike training session with our coach, Damien Shaw. This session was designed to increase our sprint power. The intensity of the sprints decreased in time over the session but increased in power, finishing off with five efforts as hard as we could go. On Wednesday we had our monthly Wattbike test which incorporated two 6 second efforts and a 3 minute effort. This test shows how powerful our sprint is and how many watts we can put out for every kg we weigh. This also helps the coaches to see how strong we are and help us improve in areas we are not so good in. On Thursday we were in NGS for our strength and conditioning session with Shane Flynn and his team who put us through our paces with a full body workout. To conclude the week, Damien took us out on a nice hilly route near Killucan for a two and a half hour spin on Saturday morning. This session incorporated a few team time trials and one solo time trial. We were split up into different groups, with two people chasing the main group to try and mimic a real race scenario. Thanks to Damien and all our other coaches and already we are looking forward to the training sessions next week. GROUP LEADERS Over the last few weeks, the committee have been busy getting the 2018 group leaders in place. Most of the groups are now restructured, thanks to the many volunteers who came forward to assist. The new A group leaders are Mark Horohoe, David Lally, Mark Monaghan and Moss Keane. The B group will be led by Karl Moran, Bob O’Ceallaigh, Carmel Buckley and Louise McCarra. The C group leaders will be announced in the next couple of weeks and as the season gets going, all members are asked to work with and assist these new leaders. A memo regarding group leaders will be issued to all paid up members by Chairman, Henry Whitson, in the coming days., Gabriel Howard RIP The inimitable Gaybo Howard adopts his usual pose on the finish line and congratulates Damien Shaw, Mullingar, on one of his many victories A wave of great sadness fell upon Irish cycling last Friday evening as the news of Gabriel Howard’s tragic passing spread throughout the cycling community. Gabriel, or Gaybo as he was affectionately known, was a stalwart of Irish cycling and was known the length and breadth of Ireland by everybody involved in the sport. From Stamullen, Gaybo was a great friend of Lakeside Wheelers and was most commonly associated with our annual crit, where his commentary was as much a part of the evening as the race itself. Following his retirement from racing, Gaybo performed several roles including team manager, mechanic, race organiser, adviser and he was a key worker on the Rás each year. His death will leave a huge void in the world of cycling, not just at domestic level, but also on the international scene. On behalf of everybody at Lakeside Wheelers, Mullingar, deepest sympathies to his wife Kay, his children, his extended family and all his loyal friends. Farewell, Gaybo. May you rest in peace Tramore’s Robin Dawson, runner-up to Tullamore's Stuart Grehan last year, was one of the first to commit to this year’s Mullingar Scratch Trophy. The 56th staging of the prestigious Mullingar Scratch Trophy has been confirmed for August 11-12 — the weekend after the AIG Irish Amateur Close Championship at The European Club. Set to be sponsored again by Sherry Fitzgerald Davitt & Davitt, the event had to relinquish its traditional August Bank Holiday weekend date because the “Close” has been brought forward by two weeks to August 4-8. With the action on the links at Brittas Bay set to finish on Wednesday, a good field is expected to travel to Mullingar the following weekend with Tramore’s Robin Dawson, who was runner-up to Tullamore's Stuart Grehan last year, one of the first to commit. Mullingar’s Albert Lee said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming all the players to the 56th consecutive staging of the Mullingar Scratch Trophy and very grateful to Sherry Fitzgerald Davitt & Davitt for coming on board as sponsors again this year.” First played in 1963, when Joe Carr triumphed, the list of past winners is a who’s who of Irish golf, with the likes of Tom Craddock, Des Smyth, Philip Walton, Paul McGinley, Darren Clarke, Pádraig MULLINGAR GOLF CLUB NOTES New date for Mullingar Scratch Trophy Harrington, Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry all getting their names on the famous silver cup. LADIES BRANCH Fixtures For February 9 hole stableford on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, 14 February. 12 hole stableford on Wednesday, February 21 and 15 hole stableford on Wednesday, 28 February. Kindly sponsored by Eleanor McArdle, Carmel Maher and Mary McCauley. MICHAEL CRYAN WIN- TER LEAGUE Due to the inclement weather, the first round has been extended to Sunday, 25 February. The best two scores to count, so get your cards in when possible. Cepta and Helen had lots of fun getting their cards in, so no excuses ladies! WEBSITE Check out the ILGU website for the team draws in club competitions. Team Captains of the Senior cup are Ann Marie Fagan, the Junior Cup is Clare Mulligan, the Intermediate Cup is Ann Fagan, the Minor Cup is Helen Hill, the Challenge Cup is Brege McCarrick, the Revive Active 4 Ball is Dorothy O’Keeffe, the Boyne Trophy is Regina Healy and Donna Liddy, the Irish Mixed foursomes is Fiona Burke. The team coordinator is Brege McCarrick, who will assist all on the road to a pennant. JUNIORS Congratulations and best wishes to Aoife Mullen and Adam Smith, our Junior Captains for 2018. We wish you both a very successful year. MEMBER VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED Do you have some free time on your hands? If so, would you be willing to help out with the juniors for an hour or two on Tuesdays during July, August and September? If you are interested, please contact Siobhan Ruane or any member of the Juniors sub-committee. All help greatly appreciated. Let’s do what we can to make sure the future of golf is in good hands. NEW MEMBERS A total of fifteen new members (across a number of categories) were elected at the January meeting of the Committee of Management. A very warm welcome to all and may you hit them long and straight. In other news, the Men’s Midland Central Alliance will now take place on Sunday, 18 February, same time sheet to apply. 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The season is only around the corner so get your season off to a flying start by using custom fit clubs. Contact James on on 087-783-0905 for a fitting or more information. Happy golfing!
48 SPORT TOPIC • 15February, 2018 GREAT EXCITEMENT AS McCARTHY CUP VISITS LOCAL SCHOOLS The Liam McCarthy Cup toured schools around Mullingar during the past week and there was great excitement as the famous trophy was introduced to pupils and staff. First stop was Coláiste Mhuire Secondary School, Mullingar, where the under 14 hurlers were, by coincidence, preparing to head off for a challenge game in Offaly. Micheál Lawlor, who hurled in Kilkenny, was the teacher in charge and he spoke to pupils about the significance of the Liam McCarthy Cup. Mr Lawlor has been one of the driving forces behind a renewed drive in hurling at the school and he remarked how the Mullingar college can now hold its own against the likes of Offaly and Kilkenny opposition. Later the McCarthy Cup visited nearby primary school, Scoil Mhuire, where Principal Bernie McVeigh had a warm welcome and introduced the famous All-Ireland trophy to pupils in the school hall. Fittingly, a video of last year’s All- Ireland final between Galway and Waterford was screened for the enthusiastic gathering. Tipperary native, Fiona Keating, who plays in goal for the Westmeath camogie side, vied with Galway’s Shane Daly (Manager Supermacs, Mullingar) for possession of the cup. St Colman’s NS gave the Liam McCarthy Cup an enthusiastic welcome last Thursday. The school visits were made possible through Shane Daly, Manager Supermacs, Mullingar as Supermacs are the sponsors of the reigning All-Ireland champions, Galway. The 1st year hurling team pose with the Liam McCarthy Cup during its visit to Coláiste Mhuire last week. Pictured with the Liam McCarthy Cup in Coláiste Mhuire last week were Keith Quinn, Niall O'Brien, Malachy Flanagan and Michael Lawlor. Cian Molloy and Charlie McClear get to hold the Liam McCarthy Cup during its visit to Coláiste Mhuire. The Kilkenny connection: Dick Hogan, Editor WestmeathTopic, with grandsons Kevin and Killian and the Liam McCarthy Cup at Coláiste Mhuire, Mullingar. Mary Fox and Laura Redmond get their hands on the Liam McCarthy Cup in Coláiste Mhuire last week. Michael Davitt, Killian Plunkett and Josh Murtagh with the Liam McCarthy Cup in Coláiste Mhuire last week.