Our 2018 season kicked off on Sunday, March 25th. Athlone Regional Sports Center hosted this years Interprovincial tournament.
The first Semi Final seen Ulster V Leinster, Ulster started very strong keeping Leinster scoreless till the the 3rd innings, mainly due to the fantastic pitching from Cavan's Daryl Dolan, who was involved in the first 9 outs for the Ulster side. This all changed when Leinster captain Eddie Healy (Dublin) scored a home run in the 4th, which lit a spark in his squad that resulted in 11 runs being scored, kepping the Ulster side scoreless, Game finished 14-3.
Our next Semi Final brought us last years runner up Munster, taking on a strong Connacht side. Munster where missing some key players from last year, resulting in a one sided game. However Munster showed great skill in batting & used it all as training for the coming season.
The Final was now set, Leinster V Connacht, Leinster's first batter was caught out by Mayo's Paula Lennahan, this set the tone for the game ahead, hard hitting & sharp fielding from both panels, had spectators applauding for the 55 minute game. Connachts Colm Jordan had a monster hit in the 3rd innings along with Leinsters Donnagh Treacy in the 4th. Outstanding catching from Breaffys Jamie & Carlows Matty Dowling gave us a preview of what to expect this year. Final finished 15-9 in favor of Leinster, who made it two in a row for our rebooted Interprovincial's.
Silver medalists Connacht
Great sportsmanship was shown by the 14 clubs who took to the field, it was great to see all clubs get along and enjoy Rounders. Congratulations to each manager, Michael Sheahan Munster, Ronan Kiernan Ulster, Caroline Winters Connacht, Dwayne Keane Leinster for organising their squads.
Captain Eddie Healy