Saturday 20 January 2018

Goff and Keeling lose grip on crown

BARRY GOFF and Colin Keeling relinquished their grip on the Senior open doubles crown as they lost out on Saturday evening in a terrific game in Thurles.

Keeling and Goff had to get over an all-Wexford quarter-final on Wednesday night last first and they were given a very stern test by Paul Lambert and Gavin Buggy in St. Mary's.

Lambert and Buggy got out of the blocks quickest and they took a tough opening set 21-17.

The tide soon turned however as the champions of 2011, Goff and Keeling, rose to the occasion and secured a semi-final spot by winning the second two sets 21-14, 21-7.

So it was on to Thurles on Saturday evening where former champions Tom Sheridan and Brian Carroll lay in wait , and the men from Meath began better and captured the opening set 21-18.

The champions responded in the second set with a 21-10 win, but the third set proved a step too far and the title was taken from the grasp of the Wexford duo as Carroll and Sheridan won 21-13.

Chloe Cash and Courtney Browne are on their way to an All-Ireland final however as the St. Joseph's/Coolgreany combination marched through to the final of the girls' Under-15 doubles with a fantastic display to beat Cork duo Michelle and Niamh McCarthy 15-9, 15-6.

Leinster team results - Under-12/13 final: Kilkenny beat Wexford 84-57 (Todd Hynes, Colin Parnell, Martin Power, Patrick Boland, Anthony Butler, Adam Hanrahan); Under-14/15 final: Kilkenny beat Wexford 80-65 (Liam Rossiter, Ken Riordan, Kevin Shannon, Keith Armstrong, Stevie Lawlor, Ciarán Busher); Under-16/17 final: Wexford beat Kilkenny 60-16 (Liam Shannon, Bryan Kehoe, Jack Roche, Aaron Wright-Power).

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