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Westmeath Topic - 12 April 2018

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46 SPORT TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 Pictured at the Club Iarmhí table quiz on Friday night last were Willie ‘Bo’ Allen, Robert Troy, Tony Rafter and Pat Mulligan. Des Briody, Jemma Briody, Paul Briody and Mark Casserly were representing Killucan at the Club Iarmhí table quiz on Friday night last. Getting ready for the Club Iarmhí table quiz on Friday night last were Bo Allen, Des Maguire, Quizmaster Ken Eades and James Savage. CLUB IARMHÍ TABLE QUIZ Club Iarmhí held a table quiz in the Annebrook House Hotel last Friday night. Regrettably, there was a disappointing attendance at the quiz. However, those who turned up and represented their clubs and their county enjoyed the fun and the questions provided by quizmaster Ken Eades on the night. The St Joseph’s team at the Club Iarmhí table quiz, Anslem Conlon, Johnny Hanniffy, Aidan Walsh and Ciaran Reynolds. The Caulry team that took part in the Club Iarmhí table quiz; Pat Malone, Ger O'Kelly-Lynch, Richie Higgins and Enda Malone. The Milltown team pictured at the Club Iarmhí table quiz Mary Jo Geraghty, Paul Heduvan, Paddy Gavigan and Eddie Somers. David Kelly, Noel Conaty, Paddy Duffy and Niamh Hanniffy of Lough Lene Gaels at the Club Iarmhí table quiz. Martin Healy, Michael King, Peter Keenan and Jim Whelan representing Rosemount at the Club Iarmhí table quiz. WESTMEATH PITCH AND PUTT NOTES Westmeath Masters to raise curtain in Collinstown this Sunday After the disappointment of having to postpone the Westmeath County Board Jack McCormack Classic on 18 March 2018 due to Mother Nature and the worst winter period in approximately 40 years, next Sunday, 15th April, marks the inaugural staging of the Westmeath County Board Masters. The Pitch and Putt Masters will take place in Collinstown, with the first card at 9am and the last card at 2.30pm. The entry fee is €10 and it is open to all PPUI registered players. The event is kindly sponsored primarily by Sherry Fitzgerald Davitt & Davitt (Mullingar and Castlepollard). This represents a very important strategic alliance for Westmeath County Board and also dovetails well with the very strong links which Sherry Fitzgerald Davitt & Davitt have in the North Westmeath and Mullingar catchment areas. Westmeath County Board is deeply indebted to Sherry Fitzgerald Davitt & Davitt for their sponsorship and support – particularly Aidan Davitt and Jennifer Walsh. The Westmeath County Board Masters is a 36 hole gross score event, with prizes for first, second and third in each of the three gents grades. For ladies, there is a prize for the best 36 gross score in the 0-9 handicap division and a prize for the best 36 gross score in the 10 and above handicap division. The winners of each grade will also receive the Westmeath County Board Masters Cup for their respective grade. JAMES CORCORAN PERPETUAL CUP The winner of the gents senior grade will receive the James Corcoran Perpetual Cup. As many people will know, James passed away suddenly in December 2014 and, at the time, was Chairman of the Westmeath County Board. He had a relatively short but very distinguished career within the administration of pitch and putt. A thesis could be written on his contribution to pitch and putt in Westmeath and, more generally, in Leinster. It was immense, long-lasting and without bias, boundaries or prejudice. James was one of those unique individuals who had the uncanny ability to connect easily and converse at length with just about anybody from any walk of life. This manifested itself in pitch and putt terms by his strong relationships with senior, intermediate and junior players across the country. It is in keeping with that tradition that cups will be available for all of the winners for all of the grades in the Westmeath County Board Masters and it should be a fitting tribute to the legacy of one of the finest gentleman Westmeath has produced. The James Corcoran Perpetual Cup is being presented to the winner of the senior grade in memory of his transformative influence on the Westmeath senior team which culminated in their inaugural Leinster inter-county success in 2014. OPEN SINGLES EVENT Next Sunday, 15th April, promises to be a memorable and historic occasion for pitch and putt in Westmeath. Due to the havoc created by the weather conditions over the past few months, it also represents the first competitive open singles event within Westmeath (but of course it is not confined to Westmeath players). Accordingly, there is an enthusiasm and fervour attached to the event, which is very refreshing and it makes this a keenly anticipated date in the diary. Westmeath County Board have worked extremely hard in its endeavours to launch this event and with a view to making it a tremendous success. Any and all support would be genuinely and sincerely appreciated. Hopefully the weather will be kind to all concerned and it will be an enjoyable event for all participants and organisers.

TOPIC • 12 April, 2018 Paul Burke wins Grange Motors singles competition Mullingar Golf Club Notes MEN’S BRANCH The early bird catches the worm as conditions got tougher in the afternoon of the Grange Motors sponsored singles competition. This week’s winner was on fire having won the last three gross prizes, so congratulations to Paul Burke (2) with 42 points. Category I was won by Kieran Smith (7) on 38 points, Category II was won by Paddy Poynton (10) on 38 points and Category III was won by Paul Murphy (16) with 40 points. Gross winner was David Tynan (3), who continues his good form with 37 points. Senion winner was Peter Keegan (7) on 37 points and Junior winner with a massive 43 points was Matthew Cassidy (18). Well done to all the winners and thanks again to Grange Motors. Next week’s competition is an 18 hole stableford sponsored by Genesis Gift Gallery. There was a good turnout for the first men's branch presentation of the season. Many thanks to all our sponsors and well done to Captain Tom, the commit- The ACS Drives competition presentation of prizes at Mullingar Golf Club. Back row from left to right: Chris Garry, (President), Paul Burke, Mikey Mina- Ronayne and Stephen O'Brien. Front row: Alan Warde (winner), Tom Moore (captain), Stephen Devaney (Sponsor's rep.). tee and all the winners. LADIES BRANCH On Wednesday, 4th of April we had 60 ladies playing in the 18 hole competition sponsored by Joli Hair and Beauty Salon. In 1st place with a terrific score is Louise McGonagle (31) with 36pts. In second place and another great score is Kitty Cullinane (25) 36pts. The gross prize was won by our Lady Vice Captain Fiona Burke with 19 gross pts. Third was won by Paula Davitt with 35pts. Senior Prize was won by Carmel Monaghan (29) with 24pts. In our 9 hole competition we had 22 ladies playing and in 1st place was Margaret Lay de (35) with 12 pts. The Senior 9 competition winner was Nuala McCaughey (33) with 12pts. Well done to you all. Next week’s competition is 18 hole stableford and is sponsored by The Wardrobe. WINTER LEAGUE In Winter League news, Siobhan Ruane’s team were triumphant and will meet Brege McCarrick’s team. Well done to all players on getting their matches played and we will wait and watch with bated breath for the final. JUNIOR BOYS AND GIRLS We had two of our junior boys competing in the Connacht Boys Amateur Open in Belmullet Golf Club. Junior Boys captain Adam Smith and Brian Reidy played in the competition, with a playing field of over 100 boys. After ALL-IRELAND SCÓR SINSEAR FINALS ON THIS WEEKEND The Downs and St. Joseph’s seek All-Ireland glory three rounds of golf, Adam came in fourth place with scores of 75, 74 and 83. Brian didn’t play up to his best but will no doubt benefit from the exper - ience. Well done to both boys. Unfortunately, our junior girls trip to Blainroe was cancelled. TEAM NEWS Mullingar saw the highs and lows of team golf this week. The Ladies' Challenge Cup side had a super win over The Heath G.C. in bitter cold weather in Tullamore last week and our Mixed team had a narrow but disappointing loss to SPORT 47 Jimmy Hackett Shield winners presentation of prizes at Mullingar Golf Club. Back row from left to right: Tom Moore (Club Captain), David Keenaghan, Mikey Mina-Ronayne and Adam Smith, Juniors' captain. Front row: Michael McCormack, Siobhan Ruane, (junior convenor), Shane Murtagh and Billy Moore, team manager. (Left) Healy Family Competition presentation of prizes at Mullingar Golf Club. Back row from left to right: Chris Garry (President), Paul Burke, Rhona Healy, Sean Casey, David Keenaghan, Patrick Forde and Gerry Mulligan. Front from left: Joseph Healy, John Keane (winner), Regina Healy, Tom Moore (captain). Moate. Congratulations to the victorious and hard luck to the losers. The Boys' Fred Daly side had a meritorious win over Glasson Golf Club, despite having three matches 'away'. Well done lads. OPENS On Easter Monday (2nd April) despite cold and wet weather, great scoring was achieved by some of the younger members of our club. The runaway winners were Lucas Kane (8), Andrew Shaw (19), Gerald McVeigh (17) and Mikey Mina (7) with 92 points. Super scoring gentlemen. ROCHFORTBRIDGE PITCH & PUTT NOTES Rochfortbridge Pitch and Putt held the first major of the season ‘The Johnny Cowley’ competition, on Saturday last. The holders from last year were Pat McCarthy and Mick Lennon. It was great to see a good turnout for this competition. The gross winners were Mark Kelly and Mick Lennon with 88. This was a great effort from the two lads. The outright winner was Chairman Jim Gill with 70 nett. Jim is starting to find form again. Thanks to competition secretary Kevin Malone for running the board. Our Wednesday evening competitions will start from next Wednesday and we are looking forward to getting out to play in some good weather for a change. Rochfortbridge Pitch and Putt is open to green fees from now. Ring Mark on 085- 7214376 with any queries. After months of Scór competitions, it is now down to the last hurdle of Scór Sinsear 2018 with the staging of the All-Ireland finals in the Knocknarea arena, Sligo which will be held on Saturday next, 14 April, commencing at 3pm. Westmeath will be represented in those finals by The Downs in the figure dancing and the set dancing and St. Joseph’s in the Trath na gCeisteanna. ST. JOSEPH’S Westmeath’s first competitors to take part in Saturday’s finals will be the question time team from the St. Joseph’s club and what a CV they have with numerous county and provincial titles to their credit, one All-Ireland title, plus a bronze medal from last year’s final where they finished only one mark behind the winners Monalee from Limerick. There is no doubt come Saturday evening that Dick Stokes, Johnny Hannify, Aidan Walsh and Ciaran Reynolds won’t be far off. For anyone who wants to see the quiz, it will be held in the Clayton Hotel at 11am on Saturday morning. RINCE FOIRNE The Downs will be one of the first acts to go on stage in Saturday’s finals and this will be in the Rince Foirne competition. This group consisting of Amy Dagg, Niamh Moriarty, Sinead Carley, Rebeca Kelly, Jennie Kenna, Katie McGrath, Sarah McGuire and Sarah Moran, have come out of Westmeath and Leinster in flying colours, so hopefully they can more than hold their own on Saturday next. SEIT DANCING The Downs will be one of the last acts to perform on Saturday’s clár and they will be dancers in the rince seit discipline. Now for many years this great club have been representing the Lake County in this prestigious competition and has always come up short. Hopefully on Saturday next, Kevin Flynn, Pat Leavy, Shane Murray, Darragh Nolan, Fiona Flynn, Orlaith Murray, Ursula Carley and Niamh Rowan can break that hoodoo and bring that ever exclusive title back to The Downs GAA clubhouse on Saturday night. GOOD LUCK The Westmeath Scór committee, as well as the Westmeath Gaels, would like to send their best wishes to all of our competitors and hopefully they can reach the summit on Saturday, and if not, remember it is not the end of the world. You reached the All-Ireland finals and full credit to you. It was a great achievement and remember next year is only a short few months away. Bill Swords (on left), President, presents Jim Gill on right with his trophy after winning the Johnny Cowley Pitch and Putt Competition in Rochfortbridge.

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