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.