O'shea advances in Munster championship

BRIAN O'SULLIVAN

Published 30/01/2013 | 13:59

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Co-owner Adrian Shiels with jockey Bryan Cooper after Benefficient won the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Steeplechase at Leopardstown racecourse. Photo: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

THE Munster 40x20 Championships got underway last week with games in all grades.

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Kerry's interest in the championship centred on Glenbeigh's Jack O'Shea and John Joe Quirke who took on Limerick and Cork opposition. O'Shea got the better of Mike Murphy (Limerick) 217, 21-15 in the Junior B Singles, while Quirke took on Cork prodigy Shane Hedigan; victory going to the Cork man after three games 19-21, 21-6, 21-7. Meanwhile, in the Under 21 Singles Christopher Cunningham (Tralee) went down to Shane Lynch (Clare) 21-5, 21-7.

This coming week sees a couple of Kerry games in the championships; on Thursday night in Tralee Sports Complex (7.30pm) Liam Cummins (Tralee) takes on Tim Joe Healy (Cork) in the Diamond Masters B quarter-final. On Friday night in Glenbeigh's Jack O'Shea and Rory O'Connor face off against Sean Murphy / Anthony Donnelly (Limerick) in the quarter-final of the Junior B Doubles, commencing at 7.30pm.

On Tuesday night in Broadford, Co. Limerick reigning World Over 35 Singles champion Dominick Lynch (Glenbeigh) gets his quest for All-Ireland honours up and running when he faces Ger Healy (Cork) in the Munster semi-final. on the same night in Galbally, Co. Limerick Carl Burkett (Tralee) faces Mossie Butler (Waterford) in the over 70 singles semifinal. While next Wedneday night in Ballymac Declan Ryan (Tralee) takes on Pat O'Brien (Cork) in the second semi-final.

This weekend sees the Cumann na mBunscoil Munster Finals will take place Boys in Tralee, Girls in Ballymac. Starting time 10.30am.

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