Championship week 1
Game week 1 was full of debuts, returns & postponements. In our first game of the season, we saw Na Fianna, Dublin host a local derby against Limekiln. The South Dublin club had a very good first innings, scoring 17 runs - 4. Limekilns, Darah McCreery was top scorer, also never getting out for his seven at bats. Na Fianna's, Ronan Gately was "Man of the Match", delivering some outstanding catches in Centre Out Field. Limekiln took their first win of the season, 32-15.
Up in Meath, Skryne made their long awaited return to Senior competitions, facing Glynn/Barntown, Wexford, in Ladies & Mixed. Our current Ladies Champions put on a stellar performance. Leading the way for her team, was Kiera Waters, who had an impressive RBI. Skryne's pitcher, Deborah Mangan, showed her veteran skills also. Glynn/Barntowns quest for four in a row started with a win, 37-4.
The same two clubs faced off in Mixed championship next.The Wexford natives showed their experties yet again. Barntowns Short Stop, Jay Malone, had a fantastic game batting, securing his team the win, 29-3.
Carrickmacross, Monaghan returned to our Men's championship, while Glynn/Barntown made their debut. The Wexford side hit hard in the first ininngs, scoring seven and conceding 1. However, Carrick's, C.O.F Oran Kiernan, lit a fire under his team mates, making some impossible catches, doubled up with smart hitting from Ronan Kiernan, helped secure the Ulster side the win, 19-16. Special mention goes to Wexford's, Mick Kelly, who was never put out.
Limekiln were out again, this time hosting The Heath, Laois, in Mixed and Men's. Mixed was first, the home team leading until the fourth innings, when it became a ten all draw. The Heath demonstrated why they are current Mixed Champions, scoring an impressive eight runs, due to some fine placed hits from Rory Treacy. Dublin's 3rd base, Marion Hughes, was the only player never put out. Final result 18-11.
Limekiln were again leading the Men's game going into the fourth, but a phenomenal hit from Laois', James Kavanagh, secured him a Home Run, bringing in two others also, helping his team take the lead by one. Rory Treacy had the highest RBI, while Limekiln's Pitcher, Adam Riordan was named "Man of the Match". Game finished 11-10 in favour of The Heath.
We headed west next, were Breaffy hosted a triple header. First up, they faced Erne Eagles in Mixed. Ulster's Catcher, Damien McCardle, hit a Home Run in the first innings. It was 12-4 to the away team going into the third innings. However, Breaffy never gave up, clawing back to make it a 14 all draw going into the fifth. The Cavan side managed to pinch the win, 16-15. Mayo's, Gerry Scahill along with Eagles, Darryl Dolan were never put out.
Breaffy faced Michael Glaveys, Roscommon in Ladies after. Glaveys led for the first two innings and after the third all was to play for, as Breaffy took the lead 4-3. The fourth innings was a game changer for the Mayo side, scoring a whopping 18 runs. Breaffys 3rd base, Karen O Neill, had a superb RBI, while never getting out. Final result Breaffy 24, Glaveys 9. Roscommon's, Gretta Davis, said she was very proud of her team, and can see the training sessions paying off.
The same two clubs faced off in Mixed next. Breaffy had a comfortable win against a debuting Glaveys. Again, Karen O Neill was never put out, along with team mate Colm Jordan. Roscommon's, Aimee Goulding, held her own at bat as well. Game finished 19-8 to Breaffy.
We headed Southwards to finish off game week one. Na.Piarsaigh, Limerick faced off against Sean Connollys, Longford in Ladies and Mixed. Both teams made their Ladies debut. This was the makings of what seemed to be a very close encounter. Na.Piarsaigh managed to make it a win, 21-17.
Roles were reversed for the Mixed game, as Connollys experience came into play, winning their first game of the season, 17-14.
Clonaslee v Na Fianna, Ladies & Mixed
Barntown Gaels v Adamstown, Ladies &
Cork v Ballinagore, Mixed, were all postponed.