In game week 2 we played catch up & had some more impressive debuts. We started on April 15th in Connacht, with Breaffy hosting St.Croans in Ladies & Mixed. Fierce bowling from Mayo's Michelle Hopkins, gave Breaffy an early lead that they kept for the 5 innings. Stand out play also came from Roscommon's Sinead Finn, proving why she was 2017, Ladies Junior AllStar, game ended 23-4.
The Mayo squad showed why they where Mixed Runners up last season, putting a dominant performance in against newly formed St.Croans Mixed, batting in 41 runs & only coinciding 1.
We headed to McGrath Park Carlow next. Our current Ladies champions, Glynn/Barntown Wexford faced Bagenalstown Carlow, in what can only be described as a nail biting game, with Bagenalstown scraping a win, 11-10.
Both clubs faced off in Mixed competition next, Carlow's Darren Darcy was first at bat, hitting a Home Run. Once the debuting Wexford side settled into the game, they showed to be no push overs, finishing the game with a win 15-12, again not bad for a team only starting.
Clonaslee was the place to be next, Sporting Limerick took on Erne Eagles, Cavan in Mixed. The veteran club controlled the game from the first pitch. Ulster's COF Daryl Dolan caught every ball hit towards him, while team mate Rita Anderson was never put out for her four at bats. Not far behind her was the Munster side's Diane Curren & Padraigh Mann, who had a successful 3 at bats, final result 19-11.
Eagles made their long awaited return to Ladies competition next, facing host club Clonaslee. A 30 second round of applause was held for the late Dypmna Reilly before the game started. Laois' Helena Dunne was top scorer in this game, doing the 100 meter run four times, Cavan's Niamh Smith also had an impressive RBI. Final result 20-13.
Ballinagore hosted Limekiln next, the WestMeath club coming off a high from their last game, shook the Dublin side from the start leading until the 4th innings, when the capitals Adas Bastys hit a monster ball, bringing the Dubs to life. Ballinagore's Martin Fuery was at the fore front again for his club, securing most outs in Short Stop, but more impressively for the second game in a row, was never put out! Result 27-13.
Friday the 20th we had two debuting Ladies team face off, both from Wexford. Adamstown hosted neighbors Barntown Gaels. Gaels scored an impressive 13 runs in their first at bat. Once Adamstown got rid of the rust it became a very close game. Adamstown's Joanne Murphy had a brilliant one handed catch, stand out player for Barnotwn was pitcher Catriona, match result 19-15 to Barntown Gaels.
The following evening Gaels were out again, facing sister club Glynn/Barnotwn. Glynn's veteran skills played a big part in this game, leading from the start and finishing the full 5 innings 23-7, to gain their first win this season.
Sunday was a jam packed day of Rounders. First up was another local derby, Clonaslee, Laois traveled to The Heath GAA. The host team's Danielle Keane demonstrated a flawless game at pitching, leading her squad to victory for their first Ladies game in three years.
We headed to the Capital next, Na Fianna hosted the newly formed Sean Connollys in Men's. It was neck and neck until the 5th, when Sean Connollys batted in 9 runs that the Dubs couldn't match. Na Fianna's Ronan Gatley was the only player not to be put out from either panel. Special mention to Longford's Iain Cheine, who had the hit of the day. Game finished 18-13.
Na Fianna faced off against Carlow's, Cuchulainn in mixed next. Billy Connors was man of the match, contributing 8 of the 15 outs needed to finish the game on 2nd base, final result 26-8 in favour of Cuchulainn.
The same two clubs took to the pitch in Ladies competition next. Cuchulainn proved to be too strong for the Dubliners, only conceding 1 run for the whole game. Carlow's Sarah Butler set her team alight in the first innings with a powerful catch on 3rd base. Na Fianna's Mairead Varley had a good game at short stop letting nothing pass her, score 14-1 & Cuchulainn Ladies first win of the season.
Michael Glaveys, Roscommon hosted two Ladies fixtures next. First facing off against Cavan's Erne Eagles. The Ulster squad hit hard from the get go leaving Glaveys to play catch up. Eagles, Niamh Smith had a superb game for her first time ever pitching. Erne Eagles 26-6 Michael Glaveys.
It was an all Roscommon Ladies fixture next, a much closer game occurred between the host team and St.Croans. Croans Maura had a stand out performance as catcher. Referee Philip, was impressed with how far all the Glaveys women have progressed in a year. St.Croans took their first win on a scoreline of 6-4.
Last match for game week 2 was set for Monaghan, with Carrickmacross hosting Limekiln in Men. The Dub's held their opposition scoreless for 4 out of the 5 innings.Ulster's Francie Walsh hit a monster ball over second base, to bring his team back into the game. Limekiln's Edward Healy had a remarkable outing in short stop with 4 catches & 3 assist. 5-4 to the Dubs.