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Monday 19 March 2018

Connacht hat-trick for Mountbellew

Mountbellew claimed three Connacht pennants. Photo: Getty Images
Mountbellew claimed three Connacht pennants. Photo: Getty Images Sportsdesk

Galway club Mountbellew claimed three Connacht pennants as 30 teams from 26 different clubs qualified for the All-Ireland finals of the AIG Ladies Cup and Shield competitions, which will take place at Malone from September 27 to 30.

Athenry, Stackstown, Royal Curragh, Limerick and Lurgan qualified for the AIG Ladies Junior Cup finals, with Mountbellew, Carton House, Wicklow, Cahir Park and Shandon Park the District champions in the AIG Ladies Intermediate Cup.

In the AIG Ladies Minor Cup, Mountbellew will be joined at Malone by Headfort, Wexford, Lee Valley and Donaghadee, while in the Ladies Challenge Cup, Mountbellew will be vying with Malahide, Courtown, Doneraile and Fintona for All-Ireland glory.

In the AIG Ladies Senior Foursomes, Roscommon, Hermitage, Carlow, Killarney and Lurgan lifted the District titles and head to Malone with respective Junior Foursomes winners Portumna, Woodbrook, Ballykisteen and Shandon Park.

Meanwhile, Kilkenny teenager Mark Power experienced fluctuating fortunes as the Great Britain and Ireland side he captained lost to the Continent of Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy match on the 0ld Course at Ballybunion.

The hosts lost 15.5 to 9.5 having trailed by only a point going into the final session of singles, but were never in contention on the last afternoon.

Power and English boy Ben Jones were unbeaten in the foursomes, winning on the opening day and halving the second day session, but the 17-year-old Irish Boys Champion lost both his singles.

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