Monday 21 October 2019

O'Brien and Phillips win Carr Cup at Killenagh open doubles tournament

KILLENAGH HORSESHOES Club held its open doubles tournament on Saturday for the Jim Carr Cup and there was a good entry and a high standard of play.

In the semi-finals, Kieran O'Brien of McCrea's, Carnew, and Seamus Phillips of Killenagh beat P.J. Dwyer and Thomas O'Leary of Killenagh, 21-18; Shem Levingstone of Corner House, Carnew, and Mick Doyle of Castletown, beat Jimmy Murphy, Killenagh, and Jimmy Jackson of Castletown, 21-13.

In the final, Kieran O'Brien and Seamus Phillips won in two straight games, 21-9, 21-10, and they were presented with the trophy by Kerry Carr, daughter of the late Jimmy.

The club thanks all involved in the success of the day, including O'Brien's Pub for refreshments. The tournament was broken off midway through to allow all to watch the big game on television and Wexford's exciting hurling win over the All-Ireland champions, Clare, was cheered to the echo.

Jimmy Hempenstall was a great stalwart of Wexford horsehoes up to his death in February and a tournament in his memory was recently run off. Winner was P.J. O'Brien who beat Seamus Phillips in the final. The trophy was presented by the late Jimmy Hempenstall's brother, Billy, from Ballycanew.

An open doubles tournament was held as part of the recent World Sheep Shearing Championships; bad weather and ground conditions forced its postponement to the Corner House in Carnew. Kieran O'Brien was again the winner, in partnership with Pat Burke of Killenagh, beating James Balfe and Jimmy Lennon of McCrea's, Carnew, in the final.

There was an open doubles tournament in conjunction with the Cassagh field day near New Ross, and 32 people took part. This was for the William Murphy Perpetual Cup.

In the final, John Joe Byrne (Monart) and Jimmy Connors (no club) beat Tom Connors (Woodsmen) and Anthony Berry (no club) 21-18. The final had excellent throwing, with Byrne and Connors just edging it in the end.

The penultimate round of the Wexford league took place on Wednesday last.

Results: Monart beat McCrea's 2-1; Vinegar Hill beat Curracloe 2-1.

Table: Curracloe, 12 points; Vinegar Hill, 12 points; Monart, eleven points; McCrea's, four points.

With one week to go, Monart will play Vinegar Hill next week. Monart would need to win to even have a chance of qualifying for the league final. It should be an exciting final night!

On Thursday night, July 27, the Leinster Open Michael Furlong Shield will take place. There will be two divisions in this team event. There will be first and second in each division. It's on at 7 p.m. in Páirc Mhuire.

On Saturday, July 19, in the league field, the Anthony Larkin Perpetual Cup open doubles takes place at 7 p.m.

The county championship is on Wednesday, July 23, in the league field, a team event with two divisions.

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