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TOPIC • 15 February, 2018 SPORT 49 The young hurlers and camogie players of Scoil Mhuire Primary, Mullingar, pose with the Liam McCarthy Cup during its visit to the school last week. Liam McCarthy Cup visit to Scoil Mhuire Mullingar The Galway girls of St Colman’s National School, Mullingar: Aisling Granahan, Aisling Mulcair, Caroline Mulcair and Meadbh O'Hara with the Liam McCarthy Cup. School Principal, Bernie McVeigh, with Andrew Whitney and the Liam McCarthy Cup in Scoil Mhuire, Mullingar, last week.

50 TOPIC • 15 February, 2018 SPORT Ringtown Hurling underage Presentation Evening On Saturday, 3rd February, medals were presented to the Ringtown under 14 team by the special guest on the night, Lough Lene Gaels and Westmeath senior hurler, Tommy Doyle. The players were presented with their medals after winning the under 14 Division 2 Hurling Championship. Thanks to Tommy for attending and presenting the medals and for giving his time. Members of the Ringtown under 14 hurling team that won the 2017 Division 2 Hurling Championship, pictured with their mentors. Back row from left to right; Rory McCauley and Gerry Boylan (team mentors). Colby Moore, Callum Fagan, Roan Geraghty, Aaron Morrissey, Cathal Corrigan, Cian McGahern, Eoin Harper, Adam Delaney, John Joe Fagan (mentor) and guest presenter Tommy Doyle. Front row from left to right; Aaron McCauley, Sean Boylan, Evan Cunningham, Callum O’Boyle, Jack Nea and Mark Cunningham (capt.). Team captain, Mark Cunningham, receiving his medal from Westmeath hurler, Tommy Doyle. Evan Cunningham receiving his medal from Westmeath hurler, Tommy Doyle. Team manager, Rory McCauley, being presented with the team photo by Westmeath hurler, Tommy Doyle. WESTMEATH SCÓR NOTES THE DOWNS AND BALLINAGORE SEEK ALL- IRELAND GLORY IN SCÓR nA nÓG FINALS A large Westmeath Scór following, particularly from The Downs and Ballinagore areas, are expected to travel to Sligo on Saturday next, 17 February for the staging of the 2017/18 All-Ireland Scór na nÓg finals, which will be held in the Knocknarea Arena. As this is the highlight of the Scór na nÓg calendar and every competitor’s dream to perform on the Scór stage on All-Ireland final day, we are guaranteed a packed house and fantastic entertainment from the four provinces. The finals will commence at 3pm. when the Fear an Tí for the evening, which incidentally is Westmeath man, Hugo Slevin, from the St. Joseph’s club, will get proceedings under way. THE LAKE COUNTY WELL REPRESENTED Westmeath will be very well represented on Saturday with four acts on the clár, with The Downs Leiriu group, The Downs set dancers, Gemma Seery from Ballinagore in the solo singing and earlier in the day the quiz team from the Ballinagore club, who are taking part in the table quiz. TABLE QUIZ BALLINAGORE Westmeath’s first group to go out and seek glory will be the Ballinagore quiz team in the table quiz competition. This competition will be held earlier at 11 o’clock on Saturday morning so you will have to be on the road pretty early to catch the table quiz event. This Ballinagore group are very well coached and trained and will be in there with a great chance. Represented by Mary Reynolds, Peter Reynolds, Erin Heeney and Darragh Seery, they had a great win in the county final when overcoming a brilliant Ballycomoyle team by a single point - who were silver medallists at this stage of the competition last year. Yet another factor in their favour is they also competed in these finals a few years ago and more than held their own. They now have that maturity and experience which should stand to them on Saturday morning. BALLINAGORE’S GEMMA SEERY SINGING FOR GLORY Probably one of the youngest competitors to take to the stage on Saturday in Sligo will be Gemma Seery from the Ballinagore club. The young Ballinagore girl is having a tremendous year, winning her first county title just last November, and qualifying for the provincial finals in January, only to lose out by the narrowest of margins to the more experienced competitor from Wexford. As lady luck would have it the Wexford girl couldn’t compete in the All-Ireland finals, so Gemma, as runner-up, got the offer to compete in the All-Ireland finals. Next Saturday Gemma will be hoping to bring this title back to Westmeath for the second time in Scór history. The first and last time Westmeath won the solo singing was when Mullingar Shamrock’s Katie McCarthy won the All-Ireland in Athlone, so hopefully Gemma you can join Katie on the honours list on Saturday evening. THE DOWNS SEEK SECOND ALL-IRELAND TITLE One group that has stood out in this season’s Scór na nÓg competition is the Leiriu group from The Downs club. By now they are experts in this discipline with a tremendous cast and a great back up system with some fantastic people in the background. They are now heading for their fifth appearance in a row in All-Ireland finals and they reached the summit in 2015 when, in the Citywest Hotel, they gave an unforgettable performance and brought the All- Ireland trophy back to their club and county. After watching them again this year, and some of the performances that they gave in Westmeath and Leinster, most Westmeath Scór followers believe that Emily Shaw, Katie Moore, Rory Sheil, Tom Tuite, Grace O’Neill, Ryan Molloy, Donal Doherty and Alan Colgan can add a second All-Ireland to their very impressive honours list. CAN THE DOWNS MAKE IT AT LAST? If ever a club dominated a discipline it’s the set dancers from The Downs Club. No other club in the province of Leinster could match them in this regard, winning county and provincial titles in abundance, yet on All-Ireland day lady luck seems to desert them. There is a very old saying that - if you wait long enough you will get a summer’s day - and hopefully for the set dancers from The Downs, Saturday could be that day. So to Nessa Mangan- Lynch, Emma Thompson, Anna Fallon, Caoimhe Monaghan, Donal Doherty, Eoghan Murray, Cathal Dagg and Andrew Shaw go out there and give it your all. We are all behind you and you could be in the winner’s enclosure on Saturday evening. GOOD LUCK ALL The Westmeath Scór committee, as do all the Gaels in the Lake County, wish all of our competitors every success next Saturday. Win, lose or draw, go out there and enjoy and cherish every minute of it, as it is a tremendous achievement to reach an All-Ireland at any level of entertainment or sport or any discipline, so enjoy and bring back life time memories. SCÓR SINSEAR The Scór Sinsear kicked off last weekend in Ballymore with two semi-finals. It must be stated that the quantity of some of the disciplines was poor, but the quality was excellent, and there is no question about it, but we are going to have a quality final, which will be staged in The Downs GAA Centre on Saturday 24 February, 2018 commencing at 7.30pm. PROGRAMME FOR THE FINAL The final programme Scór Sinsear is as follows; Rince Foirne - The Downs, Solo Singing, - Jenny McNamee (The Downs Ladies), Orlaith Murray (The Downs GFC), Katie McCarthy (Mullingar Shamrocks) and Shane Hearty, (Ballinagore). Recitation: Deirdre Robbins (St. Joseph’s), Peter Dolan (Moate All Whites), Shane Hearty (Ballinagore) and Catherine Daly (Ballycomoyle). Ballad Group: Ballycomoyle, Killucan Ladies, Kilbeggan and Moate All Whites. Instrumental Music: Ballynacargy, Leiriu/Staitse, St. Joseph’s, Ballycomoyle and Ballinagore. Rince Seit: the Downs, Ballynacargy, Ballycomoyle and Bunbrosna.

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