Championship week 1
Game week 1 was full of debuts, returns & postponements. St.Croans, Roscommon hosted Sean Connollys, Longford in Mixed competition on the bank holiday Monday. This was both club's first time playing in our Mixed Championship and Sean Connollys first ever outing in Rounders. Great play came from each team, with the Longford side just edging ahead 17-13 to take the game. Not bad for a newly formed senior club!
Sunday April 8th Erne Eagles, Cavan made a welcome return to our Mens division, facing last years Semi-finalists Na Fianna, Dublin. The Ulster side showing why they are 11 time Men's Champions, with Ger Clerkin hitting a monster home run in the first innings, they never looked back. The Dublin side didn't go down without a fight, Na Fianna's Ronan Gately retaliated with a 3 base hit. Final result 34-12.
A local Derby was on next in Ballon Carlow. Last years Ladies finalist Cuchulainn, took on a returning Bagenalstown. Ballon's Chantelle Blanche had a superb game in short stop, while Bagenalstowns Ann Marie Meaney had a flawless display in L.O.F. Game ended 15-6 in favor of Bagenalstown.
These two clubs faced off in Mixed competition next. It was 11 all top of the 5th, Bagenalstown taking their last at bat knocked in 5 runs. The host team first batter was tagged on 1st, they stayed calm and loaded their bases, which resulted in Cuchulainn's Billy Connors hitting a cracking ball, bringing in the last two scores needed, finishing the game 17-16.
Our second last game saw last years Mixed champions The Heath, Laois versus newly formed Sporting Limerick, Limerick. The Leinster side's experience played a massive part in this game, however the Limerick panel proved to be no push overs, keeping the champs on their toes for the 5 innings. Game finished 24-11 in favor of The Heath.
We went back to Tymon Park for the last match of week one, Na Fianna, Dublin V Ballinagore, WestMeath. The Dublin side started strong batting 5 runs in and conceding two. Once Ballinagore shook the cobwebs off, they won every innings after, mainly due to David Langan & Enda Claffey's superb fielding, and Martin Furey smart hitting, getting home all four times he batted. Not far behind him was Na Fiannas Ronan Gately, who was also never put out during his three at bats. Special mention to the Dubs Ann Murphy & Chris Lacy who put on a dominant performance in their positions. Final result 15-7 to Ballinagore, who made it their first ever win.