Wednesday 23 October 2019

Wide open for Jimmy Bruen

Confident: The Roscommon team for the Final of the AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield. Photo: Thos Caffrey / www.golffile.ie
Confident: The Roscommon team for the Final of the AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield. Photo: Thos Caffrey / www.golffile.ie

The great Jimmy Bruen was capable of astounding feats, and similar thrills and spills are assured in the AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield semi-finals tomorrow.

The foursomes event for pairs with a minimum combined handicap of 15 is always entertaining, and with all four provinces sharing the winner's pennants over the last ten years, it's wide open again this year.

Roscommon will draw confidence from the Connacht final victory over Athenry at this week's venue as they bid to join Galway, Claremorris and Castlebar as on the list of Connacht winners of the Jimmy Bruen.

Beaten finalists at Kinsale in 2012, Roscommon face two-time runners-up Tandragee in tomorrow's semi-finals.

The Ulster champions are seeking their first All Ireland pennant and team manager Jeff Forde sounds determined.

"We're hoping to turn silver into gold this time around," Forde said, "It's going to be tough against local opposition, but we're confident."

Former winners Nenagh and The Island meet in the other semi-final, with Dublin hurling manager Humphrey Kelleher captaining The Island, who can count on two members of the 2005 winning team in Paul Cullen and Barry Hughes as well as the talented Rory Govan who has competed in the World Youth Fly Fishing Championship and played hockey for Ireland at U16 level.

Nenagh won the Pierce Purcell Shield at Thurles last year and having won the Jimmy Bruen at Dundalk in 1997, and their second at Tullamore 10 years ago, they are gunning to make it a hat-trick out west.

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