Clonroche and Taghmon capture league honours
THE DIVISION 6 men's league final was held in Ramsgrange Community School. Battling for glory was a very young Taghmon team against a strong Clonroche side.
Aidan Furlong and Peter O'Byrne had a hard battle against James Carroll and M.J. Dunne, narrowly taking the first set 26-24. However, Carroll and Dunne took the second set 21-19 and the third set 21-18.
Joe Carton and Dan Rossiter of Clonroche won the second doubles game in two sets against James Mackenzie and Robert Cogley (22-20, 21-16).
Aidan Furlong and Peter O'Byrne had no answer to the doggedness of James Carroll and James Mackenzie who won the third doubles game in two sets (21-18, 21-19).
Peter O'Byrne and Dan Rossiter had an exciting three-setter against M.J. Dunne and Robert Cogley in the fourth game. O'Byrne and Rossiter took the first set 21-17, but Dunne and Cogley took the second set 22-20. O'Byrne and Rossiter dug deep, taking the third set 21-17.
At this stage the teams were on five sets each. Aces were added up and Clonroche had 205 to Taghmon's 200 and therefore took the title.
The final of the Division 3 men's league was held in Ramsgrange on Friday last. Shelbourne and Taghmon put on a fine display which made for great spectator viewing.
Chris McMackin and Paudie Foran were defeated by Philip Walsh and John Walsh in the first doubles. There was very little to sepearate the pairings, with Shelbourne taking the first set 21-18. Taghmon took the second 21-18 and in the third the Walsh brothers dug deep to win 21-14.
Shelbourne's Tony Sinnott and Ollie Cummins were in splendid form in the second game, taking it in two straight sets against Noel Dunne and Rhyan Butler 21-15, 21-11.
Tony Sinnott and Paudie Foran had a very good three-setter against Philip Walsh and Rhyan Butler who took the first set 21-10. Sinnott and Foran took the second set 21-13, and Walsh and Butler worked hard to take the third set 21-18.
At this stage of play the teams were on four sets each, so the fourth doubles would decide who would claim the title. Both sides took to the court determined to win the bragging rights.
Chris McMackin and Ollie Cummins defeated John Walsh and Noel Dunne in the first set 21-18. Walsh and Dunne took the second set narrowly 23-21, and in the third set McMackin was unlucky when he twisted his ankle and was unable to play on.
It was a sad end to a thrilling match with great badminton being played by both teams. Taghmon took the honours 6-5.
The annual awards night will be held in the Stanville Lodge Hotel on Saturday, May 11.