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TOPIC • 15 February 2018 Carr represents Ireland with distinction but Denmark progress Freddie Nielsen of Denmark and Mullingar’s Simon Carr before their Davis Cup match in Denmark last week. BY PAUL O’DONOVAN Mullingar tennis professional Simon Carr had the honour of representing his country in the recent Davis Cup encounter against Denmark, but in the end there was disappointment for Carr, as Denmark progressed on a 4-1 scoreline. Simon and his team mates -Peter Bothwell and Osgar O’Hoisin - travelled Rio goin Ldd-on mssew Vdloit-io’n gdni The Downs Ladies Football 5K and 10K Valentine’s Dash will be held on Sunday, 18 Feburary. Registration commences at 11am, with the starting time 12 noon. This is an AAI Approved race with the distance certified by the AAI. Showers will be available and refreshments will be provided. All are wel- to Denmark for this Europe/Africa Zone Group 2 first round match, but after the first day ended level at 1-1, Denmark proved the stronger on day 2 to win all three ties and advance with a comfortable win. On Day 1 Simon Carr lost out to Freddie Nielsen 6-3, 7-6. Carr played extremely well but Nielsen saved a Simon Carr of Mullingar in action against Denmark in the Davis Cup match in Denmark. number of break points to stay in the first set and then broke Carr before taking the first set 6-3. The second set was very tight but the Dane grabbed the vital break in the seventh game of the set to go 4- 3 up and held serve in the following game to serve for the match. But Carr wouldn’t give in and he broke Nielsen in the next game to tie the set at 5-5 before it headed into a tie-break at 6- 6. As the tie-break progressed Nielsen showed his greater experience to win the tie-break 7-2 and take the match 6-3, 7-6. However, this was a real battling performance and a tremendous effort by young Carr in his Davis Cup debut. Ireland’s Peter Bothwell then defeated Soren Hess Olesen 5-7 6-1 6-3 to tie the DUTCH SUCCESS FOR INSPIRATION TAEKWON-DO CLUB match at 1-1. On Day 2, Ireland’s Osgar O’Hoisin and Peter and Sam Bothwell took on Freddie Nielsen and Thomas Kromann in the doubles but the Danes really showed their class to take the rubber 6-4 6-4 in a clinical performance. In the next match, Freddie Nielsen defeated Peter Bothwell 6-1 6-1 to give Denamark an unassailable 3-1 lead in the match. With the match over as a contest Simon Carr took on Soren Olesen in the final rubber. Once again, Carr turned in a battling performance but he lost out very narrowly to claiming his first Davis Cup point, losing 8-10 in a match tie break in the third set. While this was a disappointing defeat for Carr and Ireland, nonetheless, it was a tremendous experience for the young Mullingar man, and Simon and his teammates can now focus their attention on the relegation playoff against Norway on 7/8 April. Pictured are the members of the Inspiration Taekwon-do Club that travelled over to The Netherlands for the Dutch Open on Saturday, 27th of January and the club returned home with a number of medals. Pictured in front are the medals winners Mr Rodney Connolly (Coach), Miss Eimear Sherwin (Bronze Patterns), Luke Pender (Silver Sparring), Alan Pender (Gold Patterns Bronze Sparring), Ciara and Kate Pender are also pictured and they were cheering on their dad and brother at the competition. Now in its twelfth year, the initiative is designed to give girls the opportunity to develop their skills, have fun, meet new people and stay active. The Aviva Soccer Sister Easter Camps continue to grow with 140 camps taking place nationwide this year, up from 125 camps in 2017 when 3,400 girls participated. The FAI and Aviva are expecting over 4,000 registrations for this year’s camps which will run for two full days during the Easter school break. It is open to all girls between 6-14 years old, of all abilities, and gives them a chance to learn the skills of football in a safe and fun environment. The participants will enjoy an action packed two days of training provided by the FAI and each participant will receive a full Aviva Soccer Sister kit including a limited edition Soccer Sister jersey and a football. At the end of the camp, each girl will be presented with an official FAI Aviva Soccer Sisters completion certificate signed by Irish Women’s National BY PAUL O’DONOVAN Mullingar professional boxer David Oliver Joyce made it six professional wins out of six with an emphatic win in Belfast last Saturday night. David Oliver ‘The Punisher’ Joyce got over the disappointment of the late cancellation of the boxing matches the previous weekend in Dublin by gaining another impressive knockout win in the Devenish in Belfast. Joyce didn’t delay long in delivering a devastating knockout punch to his opponent to continue his one hundred percent record as a boxer of six SPORT 63 Mullingar Boxer David Oliver The Punisher Joyce pictured after his win last Saturday in Belfast with his dad, Johnny, and his coach, Pete Taylor. Six of the best from Joyce wins from his six professional fights. A delighted Joyce was quick to point out that all his hard work and dedication is paying off. “I’m enjoying the journey so far. I am going to go all the way to the top and I’m ready for the big fights” said Joyce who was also quick to thank his coach Pete Taylor, his team MTK and his supporters and his sponsors -Bricktoptattoos and Club Active Mullingar. However, Joyce is already looking forward to his big fight coming up in April when the Mullingar boxer will be fighting on the Carl Frampton bout in April. Coiste na nÓg Iarmhí Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone Minor Football League - Round 2 Sunday, 18th February (All games at 11.30am) (First named team at home) Division 1 St Loman's Mullingar v Shandonagh, M Dillon Rosemount: Cill Óige v Athlone, M Galvin Coralstown/Kinnegad v The Downs, K Gunning Caulry v Maryland/Tang, P McCaughey Division 2 Ballinagore: Lilliput Gaels v Garrycastle, K O'Brien Milltown: Millmore Gaels v St Mary's Rochfortbridge, G Hurley Multyfarnham v Tubberclair, B Nea Team player, Katie McCabe and Colin Bell, Women’s National Team Head Coach. Tyler Toland, Sion Swifts and Republic of Ireland player, said; “Having been a Soccer Sister myself, I know first-hand how these camps can help girls fall in love with the sport. Football is a fantastic game that has brought so much positivity to my own life and getting involved at a young age has been a key part of this.” Mark Russell, Sponsorship Manager, Aviva Ireland, said; “Aviva is delighted to be involved with Soccer Sisters as we enter our twelfth year. We want to help expand the reach of the Soccer Sisters camps across the country and with 140 camps in 2018 we hope to get over 4,000 young girls playing. The Soccer Sisters initiative aims to introduce new players to the game but it’s also about fostering the enjoyment of those already involved to ensure we keep young girls involved in sport and Mullingar Shamrocks v Tyrrellspass, P McGauran Division 3 (13-a-side) Delvin: Delvin/St Paul's v Milltownpass, A Devine Ballynacargy: Inny Shamrocks v Moate All Whites, C Flynn Kilbeggan: Kilbeggan/Joseph's v Killucan, D Hogan (Note to clubs: No changes to fixtures except by approval of Cathaoirleach; all regulations as per planning report apply. Home team responsible for referee’s expenses. If listed home team cannot host the game for any reason, it moves to opponent’s venue or one nominated by the CCC) D Ó Meachair (Runai) N Ó Briain (Cathaoirleach) Aviva FAI Soccer Sisters Camps return to Westmeath hamatRhsRaspeest scapagefsheRehaa hsncteshhstt WatRnasReeeReat astRah The FAI and Aviva have today announced the return of the FAI Soccer Sister Camps, which will take place across Westmeath during the Easter school holidays. Aviva is calling on girls between the ages of 6 and 14 years old to sign up and get involved. hopefully create future holders of the green jersey.” To register for the Aviva FAI Soccer Sisters Easter camps go to www.soccersisters.ie To find out what other Aviva Soccer Sister initiatives are happening in your local clubs or schools before then please email soccersisters@fai.ie. You can follow the latest news on Aviva Soccer Sisters through our Aviva’s Twitter, Facebook and following #AvivaSoccerSisters.

64 TOPIC • 15 February, 2018 SPORT St. Mary’s GAA Championship medal presentation McCarthy Cup visit to local schools SEE INSIDE >> SEE INSIDE >> Second victory puts Westmeath back in the mix BY PAUL O’DONOVAN Westmeath captain John Heslin was satisfied with the outcome of last Sunday’s National Football League game in Wexford, where he and his colleagues recorded their second victory of the campaign. “We knew it was going to be tough. They had a bit of incentive after us beating them last year in the (Division 4) final. So, coming down to their home patch, new management and they wanted to impress. They got a goal near the end so it was three points, but happy the game went ahead because there were other games called off, which is a bit of a pain,” he remarked. The Lake County have plenty to work on ahead of the clash with Sligo next Sunday week and their profligacy is sure to come under scrutiny. They registered a high number of wides (16), while a defensive lapse allowed Wexford in for a late goal. “What you win by doesn’t matter once you get the win. Yes, it is something we can work on; we’d have bigger problems if we went into the next game thinking we had nothing to improve on. At least we don’t give Colin (Kelly) any headaches and he can coach us to improve those things,” remarked Heslin. “Any venue you go to is going to be tough, no matter what division. They are at home, more familiar with the venue. Look, we’re happy in that we have two wins on the road now. We went up to Derry and got a win also.” Heslin feels the league is great for giving teams a chance to work on different elements of their game. “There’s lots to improve James Dolan comes away with the ball to set up another attack for Westmeath as James Stafford of Wexford gives chase during the Allianz National Football League Division 3 game in Innovate Wexford Park, Wexford, last Sunday afternoon. on and that’s what the league is for. It creates lots of excitement and we all love playing the league. It’s good for the fans also, week in, week out games,” he said. Following defeat by Armagh, it was vital Westmeath bounced back last Sunday and they can now looks forward to a home game against Sligo in round four (25 February). “Yes we’re at home against Sligo and as I said, no matter who you are playing in the division is going to be tough. We lost at home last weekend, something we are hugely disappointed by. Not only did we lose, we didn’t play well, so that’s something we can work on,” remarked Heslin. “It’s about getting a performance - okay the two points are important - but you still have to get a good performance. We’ll enjoy our win today; we can enjoy the journey back home,” he added. The O'Byrne Cup final between Westmeath and Meath has been rescheduled for Sunday, 11 March. TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar, will host the final of the KELLY LOOKING FOR IMPROVEMENT Westmeath manager Colin Kelly expected his side to win last Sunday and they duly delivered, but he appreciates the need to improve as the league now intensifies. “It’s not an easy place to come, but the quality the lads have in the dressing room is high and we weren’t too concerned (about travelling to Wexford). Probably we weren’t at our best; we haven’t been at our best last Sunday or today, but the quality showed and I think we won convincingly enough in the end,” said Kelly. “It looked like a pedestrian pace and we were breaking down a lot in the final third. It’s probably not ideal, but we’re playing in difficult conditions, so we spoke about the need to be more clinical with our skill set in the second half and to use the ball better.” The manager agreed his side should have been more pre-season competition, which will come in between two crucial National Football League games for the Lake County against Longford and Fermanagh. O’Byrne Cup final postponed again Westmeath Topic is published by Topic Newspapers Ltd., 6 Dominick Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath, Ireland. Tel. 044 93 48868. E-mail: news@topic.ie, sport@topic.ie, advertising@topic.ie Registered with the GPO Dublin as a newspaper. All contents © 2018. Precisely what the rescheduling of the final means in terms of its significance remains to be seen, but Westmeath manager Colin Kelly may opt to give fringe players an opportunity. Meath may also approach the game in similar mode as they will clinical, but a second win away from home is positive. “We probably could have scored 3-25 and it wouldn’t have flattered us today, that’s the reality of it. But in fairness, I said to the lads out there, we know this week and last week hasn’t been our best, but can you still get it done when you’re having a bad day? Today was one of those games,” he said. “They’re a good set of lads and they don’t need to be told it’s not what it needs to be, but we’re back in the mix. We have four points from six, two away games won; we have Derry and Armagh played. So, all in all, it’s going in the right direction.” Kelly is slowly building a strong team. “We’ve got Jamie (Gonoud) back for some game time today; we’ve got Denis (Corroon) back. When you see young lads like Ronan O’Toole and David Whelan and these boys coming in, they’re getting better as time goes on. There’s a lot we need to work on. “There’s a lot we will work on, but as I said to you, at this stage we are in a good enough position,” he remarked. “The pleasing aspect of it is that we were comfortable. We created a lot of chances.” He was unhappy with the concession of the goal. “It’s not a little bit sloppy! Every game we have played now we have conceded goals and one of our game goals is that we don’t concede goals. It was a nothing shot and ended up in the back of the square and someone got a hand to it. Eoin (Carberry) pulled off two great saves as well,” observed Kelly. “But you go the other end and we had three or four good goal chances ourselves. We were in a position where we could just knock the ball over the bar, so that’s good in itself,” he added. be pushing hard in Division 2. The O’Byrne Cup final, postponed initially due to inclement weather, was re-fixed for next Sunday but Meath and Cavan now meet in a postponed National Football League Division 2 fixture instead. BSnow joke as ladies game aban- In extraordinary scenes, the Westmeath versus Donegal Ladies National Football League Division 1 tie was abandoned last Sunday at St Loman’s 3G venue due to heavy snow. Donegal, who were leading by 3-9 to 1-8 after 48 minutes, were fuming with Mayo referee Garryowen McMahon, who made a sensible call to end the match in near blizzard-like conditions. Westmeath manager Stephen Maxwell said he agreed entirely with the referee’s decision, citing player safety as a top priority and pointing out that the ball wouldn’t bounce on the surface and visibility was severely restricted. The game is rescheduled for next weekend (17 or 18 February) with Westmeath having home advantage again. Maxwell was encouraged by his side’s display in a game of high quality. “The amount of longrange scores we got has been great. It’s very hard for us to work on longrange shooting, because we don’t have any facilities to do it. We have been training in Dublin and Meath. It is tough, so it is great that it happens on game day,” he remarked. The manager con- WESTMEATH GAA FIXTURES SATURDAY, 17 FEBRU- ARY Allianz National Hurling League Division 2A Trim: Meath v Westmeath, 2pm, Ref: Colm Cunning. SUNDAY, 18 FEBRUARY National Camogie League Division 2 Group 1 Kinnegad: Westmeath v Down, 2pm Colleges Fixtures WEDNESDAY, 14 FEB- RUARY Leinster PP Schools Juvenile firmed that Leona Archibold is not part of the county panel this year, but said he’s very pleased with the young players emerging on the scene. “We’re going really well. The minors are stepping up: Anna Jones started against Dublin and did very well; she came on again today. We have a few minors on the bench who are stepping up. We are getting ourselves ready for minor championship on St Patrick’s weekend,” he said. “There will be more minors stepping up to the panel, there’s a few girls returning the end of March. We will be stronger as the league progresses, but we need to get three points on the board first.” There’s positive news surrounding experienced Milltown star Jenny Rogers. “Jenny is returning from injury now; she was away travelling last year so it’s a good bonus to have her. She’s back training and that experience is going to bode well,” said Maxwell. The manager is enthused by Westmeath’s displays in the top flight so far. “It’s a big step up; Westmeath have wanted to be here for a while. they have earned it and we’re going to fight tooth and nail to stay there,” he added. Hurling ‘A’ Group Banagher: Offaly Schools v Westmeath Schools, 2.30pm FRIDAY, 16 FEBRUARY Leinster PP Schools Juvenile Hurling ‘A’ Group St Loman’s Mullingar: Westmeath Schools v Kildare Schools, 2.30pm SATURDAY, 17 FEBRU- ARY Leinster Colleges Senior Football ‘A’ semi-final Mullingar (TBC): Marist Athlone v Offaly Schools, 2pm WESTMEATH GAA RESULTS ALLIANZ NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 3 Westmeath 0-16 Wexford 1-10 LADIES NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 1 Donegal 3-9 Westmeath 1-8 (Game abandoned after 48 minutes due to snow) ALL-IRELAND PP COLLEGES SENIOR ‘C’ CAMOGIE SEMI-FINAL Loreto College Mullingar 4-12 Coláiste Bhaile Chlair 0-10

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