Monday 23 April 2018

Bridge make it three

THE FINALS of the Leinster League were held in Ferns on Friday evening last. In the Division 1 final, Woodsmen beat Doran's Bridge 2-1.

However, this was not enough to secure first place as the Bridge had gained a lead from previous games. This is three-in-a-row for the Bridge to win the Leinster League, so well done boys.

In Division 2, Monageer beat Monart but had already secured their first place as they had maximum points throughout the league.

The play-off between the Bridge and Monageer for the Pat Furlong Cup saw the Bridge come out on top with two straight games.

The presentation took place in Peter Doyle's, The Square, afterwards, and beautiful glassware was presented to the winners and runners-up in both divisions by the All-Ireland Chairman, John Joe Byrne. A big thank you to Peter for the use of his premises and the food provided.

An open doubles was held in McCrea's pub, Carnew. This was run by the McCrea's Horseshoe Club and there was a disappointing turn-out for this event.

In the final, Brendan Earle (Doran's Bridge) and Jimmy Lennon (McCrea's) beat John Joe Byrne (Woodsmen) and Michael Sunderland (Monageer) 21-15. This is Brendan's third time in a row to win this event and a first for his partner Jimmy, a newcomer to the horseshoe field.

A big thank you to McCrea's Club for running this and to McCrea's pub. Beautiful trophies were presented to the winners and runners-up.

The league continues on Wednesday night in Ferns. All-Ireland singles Divisions 1 and 2 will be held in Athy on Saturday next with a 1 p.m. start followed by All-Ireland Division 1, 2 and 3 ringers.

Correction: in the Leinster open held in Ferns recently it should have stated that Doran's Bridge in fact won the Henry Kinch Cup and the runners-up received the Michael Furlong Shield.

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