Champs in seventh heaven
Published 11/08/2016 | 02:30
It was seventh time lucky for Athenry as they overcame their AIG Jimmy Bruen final hoodoo to win the Connacht title at Ballinrobe.
The Galway side proved their huge semi-final win over Tubbercurry was no flash in the pan when they crushed a talented Roscommon outfit 4-1 in the final.
Roscommon performed very well, but Athenry were simply outstanding as they produced one faultless display after another to run out clear winners, after suffering heartbreak in six previous appearances in the Connacht final.
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The AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield consists of five pairs facing each other in matchplay combat, with the minimum individual handicap being six and the minimum combined 17.
David Flaherty and David Mooney beat Ian Gannon and Alan Connaughton 5 and 4 in the opening match with Sean O'Connell and Paul Molloy recording an identical win over Francis Ferguson and Jack McGahon.
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When James O'Connor and Mark Moran won 6 and 5 and Ian Kelly and Padraic Lyons grabbed a half the remaining matches were called in. They are now favourites for the All Ireland title at Carton House next month.