Championship week 5
We traveled to Tymon Park Dublin, to Kick of game week five, with Barntown Gaels facing Na Fianna. Barntown had a slow start, until their Catcher Michelle Malone, hit a Home Run, they never looked back. NA Fiannas Ann Murphy had some fine hits also. Final result 28-11 in favour of Barntown Gaels
Next up Limekiln hosted Glynn/Barntown in Mixed, no more than three runs separated them for the full 5 innings. Wexford's Kenny O Reilly was on top form as Catcher, with 5 outs to his name along with a Home Run in the first innings, Dublin's Adam Riordan also had a sneaky Home Run in the second, Game ended 16-13 to Glynn/Barntown.
Next up Breaffy faced The Heath in Ladies, Mixed & Men. The Ladies took center stage first. The Mayo side had a strong start, leaving The Heath to play catch up.
Laois' Danielle Keane & Connachts Michelle Hopkins both had brilliant games as Pitcher. Game ended 24-22 to Breaffy.
Mixed was next. Breaffy leading 8-7 going into the third, Due to a massive Home Run from Jamie Murphy. Once our reigning All Ireland champions settled, they batted in 7 & conceded 0 to go ahead. The Heaths Rory Treacy had a 100% at bat, match result 18-15.
Another close game took place next, with The Heath becoming eventual winners on a score line of 17-12.
We headed back to Tymon Park the following Sunday for three games. Michael Glaveys traveled to face Greenhills in Ladies first, a neck & neck game is how you would describe this. The Roscommon women ahead by 5 going into the Dubs last at bat, Greenhills managed to load the bases, and score the 6 required runs to win the game. Glaveys Maria Coll was stand out player on third base, not far behind her was Anna Gallagher in Short Stop & team mate Sharon Carty was top scorer. For the Capital, Yvonne Healy had a great game in C.O.F with four dominant catches, while Diana Rus was never put out. Final result 22-21.
Sporting Limerick versus Sean Connollys was next. Munsters Liam Keyes, led his squad to victory with a 100% RBI, not without a little help from Gerrard Kearns, who hit a Home Run in the fourth innings. Man of the match went to Longfords Padraig Reynolds, who had a spell of catches in L.O.F, also hitting the first home run of the game in the second innings.
Men's competition was next with Limekiln facing Sean Connollys. The Longford side startled the Dub's in the first innings scoring four and conceding two. Once Limekiln settled, they took charge of the game, winning on a score line of 23-11. Stand out plays came from James Dillon, who hit a Home Run in the third innings, Chris Hughes who had catch of the game & Iain Cheyne who had two magnificent hits over First base.
We headed down South next where Bagenalstown hosted Adamstown in Ladies.
The Wexford side proved to be no push overs, displaying some magnificent hits that took the home team by surprise. Carlows Nicola Clarke was at the forefront for her team, helping them secure a win, 17-9.
Following this Bagenalastown faced Ballinagore in Mixed. Bagenalstown took early control of the game, with superb play coming from Brian Darcy as Catcher & Ellen Condon on First base, who put most of Ballinagores players out.
The last game from week 5 was St.Croans against Clonaslee, another game that came down to the wire. Leinsters Aine Dunne, was top scorer for this game and was never put out, along with Croans Maura Tarmey, who was mentioned as man of the match by the ref. Draw game 16-16.
Championship Week 6
In Game week six, Michael Glaveys Ladies hosted The Heath. Some excellent Rounders came from the Leinster veterans, helping them secure a good win on a score line of 35-4. Glaveys Linda Rogan, was man of the match as Cather, with some fine outs and double plays.
Erne Eagle's Men traveled to Tymon Park, faceing Limekiln Dublin. Cavans L.O.F Darryl Dolan, hit a monster Home Run in the first innings that shook the Dub's. Ulsters Sean Brady was the only player never put out, while Limekilns Adam Riordan, made the most out's for this game. Eagles had a comfortable win, 38-15.
Ballinagore faced Glynn/ Barntown in Mixed next. Wexfords Paul Cooper had an outstanding game at batting, with two Home Runs secured for his team, along with Kenny & Richie O Reilly. Star player for Ballinagore was Declan Claffey as Pitcher, final result 30-9 in favour of Glynn/Barntown.
Breaffy faced Sporting Limerick, in Athenry next. Mayos Steve Jordan, had a 100% success rate at bat. Munsters Martha O Sullivan was also never put out. Game finished 19-7 to Breaffy.
On Tuesday the 12th, Bagenalstown faced Barntown Gaels in Ladies. A draw game going in to the 4th innings, the Carlow side pulled away, with the help of some fine fielding from Anne Marie Meaney & Sharon O Rourke. Final result 22-7.
The Following evening Limekiln hosted Cuchulainn Carlow in Ladies & Mixed. Ladies was first, in what can only be described as a marathon game. 22-7 at the bottom of the third to the host team, Cuchulainn closed the gap, scoring nine runs due to some amazing hits from Ann Marie Brennan & Gillian Nolan. Both Chantelle Blanch & Liz Maguire had game changing catches in Short Stop. Game ended 27-21 in favour of the Dub's.
Mixed was next. Cuchulainn's first 3 batters were put out, with a superb double play coming from Eddie Healy. Carlows Darryl O Mara, retaliated in the second innings, with a bases loaded Home Run. Limekilns Chris Hughes had a 100% success rate at bat, helping his team secure a win on a score line of 19-11.
For our last day of game week 6 we headed to MaGuire park Longford. Breaffy faced Na Fianna in Men first, great batting from Connacht's nine and splendid fielding from Colm Jordan in L.O.F, secured Breaffy a comfortable win on a score line of 30-4.
Breaffy took on Greenhills Ladies after, in a much closer game. The Dub's Ann Meegan had most catches in L.O.F, while team mate Niamh Haverty was the only player never put out. 2-1 going into the 5th, Mayos Katie Kenny, hit a superb ball, sparking the rest of her team to do the same. Breaffy ahead by 13 and Greenhills last bat, Michelle Hopkins stepped up her game as pitcher, taking out Greenhills first two players, helping to secure her team another win, on a scoreline of 15-2.
Mullahoran was the place to be next, Erne Eagles hosted St.Croans in Mixed. Eagles scored 6 & conceded 0 in the first innings, Cavans Gerrard Clarkin, took the three outs required for his team on First Base. Ulster's Gary Reilly, Michael Cullen & Ger Clarkin all hit Homers in the second innings, the Roscommon side couldn't recover from this, game ended 20-6.
Championship week 7
In game week 7 we traveled to Ballintobber first, were St.Croans hosted The Heath in Ladies & Mixed. 19-4 in favour of the Laois natives going in to the 5th, St.Croans came alive scoreing an impressive 13 runs, due to some fine hits from Clodagh and Sheila. Leinsters Danielle Keane had a 100% success rate at bat, helping to secure her team a victory, 19-17.
The Heath had a comfortable win in the Mixed game. Tom Moore scored all four times he was called to bat, while Roscommons, Prapeed was never put out. Game finished 22-5.
We headed East next, were Limekiln Ladies hosted Barntown Gaels. The Dub's Laura Eagers had an amazing day batting, scoring two home runs, while team mate Emma Hudson scored one helping their team secure the win. Barntowns Sinead Boland, was top scorer for her club. Final result 25-14.
Limekiln were out again the following Friday, facing Adasmtown of Wexford. Adamstown shook Limekiln from the start, with some fine hits from all 9 players. Wexfords, Roisin Barden had a 100% success rate at bat, team mate Marie Murphy was never put out, while Leanne Delany had a bases loaded home run, match result 27-26.
For our final day of game week 7 we traveled to Ballon, were Cuchulainn hosted Glynn/Barntown in Ladies & Mixed. A rematch of last years Ladies final was up first. Carlows Ann Marie & Chantelle had some outstanding plays while fielding. Wexfords, Emma Reddy was flying pitches across home base, helping secure her team the win 11-5.
The Mixed game was a very close encounter until Glynns, Jason Malone hit a home run, that Cuchulainn couldn't recover from. Match result 26-20.
We traveled to Maguire Park, Balinalee next for three games. First up Breaffy faced Clonaslee in Ladies. The Connaught side ran out eventual winners, with the help of excellent fielding from Katie Kenny & Paula Lennahan. Game finished 38-12.
Breaffy faced Limekiln in men next. James Dillon & Edward Healy took most outs for their squad, while Mayo's two Colm's had super display's at bat. Game ended 21-20 to Limekiln.
Next Erne Eagles took on Greenhills, the Cavan 9 put on a dominant performance batting, especially Pamela McCabe, who hit a bases loaded home run, helping her club secure a win 45-20.
Carlow was the last venue set for game week 7. The Heath faced Na Fianna in Mens first. Laois' James Kavanagh hit an impressive 3 home runs, while Dwayne Keane was never put out. Dublins Ronan Gately had most catches for his team, in LOF. Final score 31-5.
Na Fianna faced host club Bagenasltown, in Mixed & Ladies next. 3-2 going in to the third, all was to play for, the Carlow 9 batted in 10 runs and conceded zero. Bagenalstowns Martin Cody did the 100 meter sprint 5 times, helping his team get the victory, 26-2.
Bagenalstown Ladies also got the win, but the Dub's put up a fight, mainly due to some fine fielding from Evelyn Twomey, who was named Man Of The Match. Carlows Ellen Condon had a magnificent game on 1st base also. 16-8
Championship week 8
Our final game week kicked off on Tuesday the 3rd. Our current senior Men champions hosted Limekiln of Dublin. A draw game for the first and second innings, due to some fine fielding from Damien Keane & Shane Murtagh. The Dublin side pulled away, with the help of Adas Bastys, who scored two home runs. Laois' James Kavanagh, was the only player never put out from either side, while Limekiln's James Dillon was top scorer for this game. Final result 29-20.
For the final day of game week 8, Sean Connollys hosted Erne Eagles in Men & Mixed. Erne Eagles Men finished their season the way they began it, with a comfortable win. Gary Reilly had an outstanding game as Pitcher. Match result 21-6.
The Mixed game was rescheduled due to an injury sustained by a Sean Connolly player. Thursday evening was the date for the replay, Eagles had another comfortable win, with the help of smart batting from Una Brady & Daryl Dolan. Game ended 46-2.