THE semi-finalists for this year’s National Inter-Club Competitions were determined in Ryston and Lakeside today with the Scratch Gents tournaments in particularly producing some very close encounters. In Ryston, the repeat of last year’s semi-final between defending champions St Annes and Lakeside/Riverdale saw the same result this time out as the Cork side were 5-4 winners. They led 2-1 after the Scotch Foursomes but the Tipperary combination made a charge in the Singles with victories for Paul O’Brien, Stephen Shoer and John O’Meara before a big win for Darren Collins along with triumphs for Kieran Dunscombe and Ray Murphy secured the Cork club’s place in the semi-finals. The other game in Ryston saw Dublin’s Erin’s Isle dominant from start to finish as after winning all three of their Scotch Foursomes matches with Tipperary Hills went on to record a 7&2 win for their place in the last four.
Down in Lakeside both matches were 5-4 affairs. Bruff from Limerick came from 2-1 down after the doubles against Old County of Dublin to come out on top. Pacelli Darcy, Mark Keohane, Thomas Hanly and Liam O’Donovan secured the Singles win for the Limerick club to turn the match in their favour as Any Lowe and Stephen Murray secured the Singles points for the Dublin side. Collins/Fermoy made it a third representation for Munster in the semi-final draw as they held off a strong challenge from St Bridgets of Kildare. Leading 2-1 after the Doubles, John Walsh, John Cahill and Chris Scannell got the Singles wins needed for the Cork combination to advance as Ian Dillon, Cathal Dunne and John Delaney won the matches to put the Kildare club just short of a semi-final spot.
The Inter-Junior matches in Lakeside were as competitive as their Scratch counterparts although Bagenalstown of Carlow did come from 2-1 down after the Doubles to whitewash last year’s runners-up Kerry’s Deerpark in the Singles and record a 7-2 win. Donal and Darren McNally, Patrick Robinson Jnr, Liam Shinnors, Roy O’Neill and Mark Lillis were the winners for Bagenalstown as they advanced to the last four. 7-2 was also the winning score for Westmeath’s Collinstown over Clare Road from the Banner County. After winning all three Doubles matches, singles wins for Gary and Maurice Middleton, Darren Reilly and Declan Penrose secured a semi-final place for the Westmeath side as Paddy Sheehy and Michael Kerin recorded Clare Road’s only points on the day.
Up in Ryston, Lakeside and McBride played out a ding-dong affair as the Tipperary side held a turned a 2-1 lead after the first 18 into a 5-4 success over their Louth counterparts. Scotch Foursomes successes for the combinations of Martin McCormack & Anthony Maher along with the duo of Paddy Murray & Ian Delahunty were the crucial factors for the Tipperary side in advancing to the semi-finals. The final match in Ryston saw St Patricks of Wexford replicate their fellow C/K/W side Bagenalstown in coming from 2-1 down after the Singles to record a 7-2 win over Collins of Cork. Glenn and Ruairi Fortune, Richard Grannell, Derek Ryan, Gavin Kenny and Kevin Doyle were the victors in the Singles as the contest featured a Doubles match that went to the 23rd hole that was won by Collins duo Pat Herbert and Sean Miller.
Both the Semi-Finals and Finals are fixed for Saturday September 27th at a venue TBD.
Pitch & Putt National Inter-Club Championship Quarter-Final Results
(Played at both Ryston, Co Kildare and Lakeside, Co Tipperary)
Bruff (Limerick) bt Old County (Dublin) 5-4,
Collins/Fermoy (Cork) bt St Bridgets (Kildare) 5-4,
Erins Isle (Dublin) bt Tipperary Hills (Tipperary) 7-2,
St Annes (Cork) bt Lakeside/Riverdale (Tipperary) 5-4.
Bagenalstown (Carlow) bt Deerpark (Kerry) 7-2,
Collinstown (Westmeath) bt Clare Road (Clare) 7-2,
Lakeside (Tipperary) bt McBride (Louth) 5-4,
St Pats (Wexford) bt Collins (Cork) 7-2.