Repeat of 2013 in SE skittles decider
THE last games of the South-East skittles league were played during the week, and the league tables are as follows:
Senior: The Temple Bar 32, St. Leonards 27, Taylorstown 23, Tallaught 19, Clonmines 17, Doyle's 10.
Junior: Saltmills 30, Micko's 'A' 30, Mary Jo's 30, Gusserane 19, Murphy's 15, Micko's 'B' 7.
The final results meant St. Leonards played Taylorstown and The Temple Bar played Tallaught in the Senior semi-finals in Mary Jo's.
All four teams battled hard to secure a place in the final with some excellent scoring and decisive finishes. One game in particular saw The Temple Bar hit scores of 27, 20 and three scores of 14 against Tallaught while St. Leonards hit scores of 14, 20 (twice) and 23 to take the first game against Taylorstown.
St. Leonards v. Taylorstown: Although getting to a finish in all but one game, Taylorstown were outplayed by an on-form St. Leonards who looked eager to retain their title. The doubles pairings of John Mackey and Michael Murphy with Francis Stafford and Michael Walsh put St. Leonards in the lead by 2-0 going into the team game, with Michael Murphy and Francis Stafford both finishing nine in their games.
Needing only two points to win the match, St. Leonards started the team game with confidence and hit four scores of 14 and three scores of 12, leaving nine which was finished by Michael Murphy.
3-0 down, Taylorstown were feeling the pressure going into the fourth game. Despite starting well with a score of 14, Taylorstown were no match for St. Leonards who hit an impressive total of six scores of 14, with John Mackey finishing nine to secure their place in the final on a 4-0 scoreline.
St. Leonards: Francis Stafford, John Mackey, Michael Murphy, Michael Walsh.
Taylorstown: Sonny Cahill, Charlie Collins, John Joe Murphy, Ted Murphy.
The Temple Bar v. Tallaught: The Temple Bar also got off to a good start in their semi-final, winning both doubles games, with Ger Jordan and Bill Redmond taking the first point by beating Billy Downes and Amy Ryan when Bill Redmond finished nine.
The Temple Bar's second doubles pairing saw Tolic Tol and Michael Carty defeat Jimmy Cullen and Noel Murphy. Michael Carty went in on nine, hit the five, three and one in four sticks but with a throw in hand, Noel Murphy came in on ten for Tallaught but was unfortunate to take the five and three pins out together, leaving him with no possible finish.
The first team game saw the Temple Bar hit some great scores as Ger Jordan scored 23, clearing the ring in three sticks and then hitting eight with the remaining two sticks. Michael Carty went in with 38 left and also had a great throw, clearing the ring in three sticks and hitting 12 with the remaining two sticks to leave a finish of eleven.
Tolic Tol knocked out the two, leaving Ger Jordan on nine. It wasn't all to go in Temple Bar's favour however as Tallaught didn't let the pressure get to them. Jimmy Cullen came in on nine and finished it in three sticks. With the throw in hand, Ger Jordan stepped up for the Temple Bar, hit the five and the three but missed the one by the slightest of margins.
With the score now at 2-1 to the Temple Bar, Tallaught were still in contention for a place in the final. However, the Temple Bar really hit form with scores of 20, 27 and three scores of 14. Bill Redmond went in on nine and finished the game, leaving the Temple Bar only needing one more point.
The Temple Bar were in control all the way in what was to be the final game of their match as Michael Carty finished nine, securing their place against St. Leonards in what will be a repeat of last year's Senior final.
The Temple Bar: Michael Carty, Bill Redmond, Ger Jordan, Tolic Tol.
Tallaught: Amy Ryan, Billy Downes, Jimmy Cullen, Noel Murphy.
The Junior division semi-finals in Power's of Ballycullane looked set to be intriguing as three teams finished on equal points at the top of the table, a scenario that had seemed highly unlikely up to the last game of the league. The semi-final pairings were decided by means of a draw in which Saltmills drew Gusserane with Micko's 'A' then playing Mary Jo's.
Gusserane cruised into the final on a 4-0 scoreline at the expense of Saltmills.
Gusserane: Tom Hughes, Paddy Larkin, Johnny Larkin, Jim Kehoe, Joe Casey.
Saltmills: John Culleton, David Ryan, John Finn, Michael Roche.
Micko's 'A', first-time entrants in the league, faced Mary Jo's, last year's beaten finalists, and won 4-2.
Mary Jo's: Ray Colfer, Aoife Duggan, Pat Hogan, Stuart Duggan.
Micko's: Michael O'Grady, Stephen Nash, Deirdre O'Connor, Seán Murphy, John Kehoe.