Provincial Matchplay Weekend Report

Proceedings concluded in Rosscarbery and St Bridgets

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Here’s how it all ended up in Rosscarbery and St Bridgets today.



John Ross Crangle won a third successive Leinster Senior Gents title in St Bridgets this afternoon after a 7&6 win over fellow Dubliner Jim Judge Jnr in the decider. Crangle had earlier defeated Paul Tobin of St Patricks 3&2 in the semi-final while Judge Jnr won a very tight match with Crangle’s Loughlinstown club-mate Gary Healy at the last hole in their semi-final encounter.


            The Intermediate Final was an all Collinstown affair as Martin Carter and Darren Reilly did battle. Carter was victorious on a scoreline of 3&2 after winning an epic semi-final with Derek Ryan of St Pats 1up. Reilly had been a 7&6 victor over McDonagh’s John Doran in the other semi-final. The Junior Grade was decided at the last hole as McDonagh’s Anthony Ryan defeated Granard’s Richard Burke by the tightest of margins, 1up. Ryan had been an 8&7 winner over Declan Penrose of Collinstown in his semi-final while Burke had defeated St Pats’ Ruairi Fortune by 5&3 in their semi-final.


            The Ladies competition saw Chrissie Byrne come out on top in the senior after a 4&3 success over Rose Kelly in the decider. Chrissie had earlier beat defending champion Tracey McGrath at the last hole to book her place in the Final while Rose was a 4&3 winner over Chrissie’s sister Margaret Keogh the other semi-final. The Intermediate Competition was won by Bernie Dunne of the host club, who had a 6&4 victory over Loughlinstown’s Betty Cody in the Final.


            Bernie had earlier defeated club-mate Martina Loakman 4&3 in the semi-finals while Betty was a 5&4 winner over Siobhan McDonnell of Lucan.  



There was a first time winner in the Senior Gents grade in Rosscarbery as Bruff’s Thomas Hanley won his first senior provincial title courtesy of a 3&1 win over Tipperary Hill’s Pat Martin after a very tight contest throughout. Thomas had earlier been a 4&3 winner over Bryan Delaney from ESB in the semi-finals while Pat survived a late charge from Parteen’s Kieran Earls to win their semi-final at the last hole, 1up.


            The Intermediate grade saw Deerpark’s Jason O’Brien win a second consecutive Munster Matchplay crown after winning the Junior competition back in 2013. Jason came from three down to defeat Douglas’ Cian Morrison 2&1 in the decider having earlier comprehensively defeated Paul Collins of Majestic in their semi-final by 8&6. Cian recovered from a seven hole deficit at one point against St Annes Martin O’Sullivan to win by 2&1 in his semi-final.


            The Junior Grade went to Riverdale’s John Minogue after a 2up win over St Stephens Sean Murphy. John had earlier defeated Castleisland’s Timmy Looney by 2&1 in the semi-finals as Sean defeated club-mate Cillian Roche 2up in their semi-final. The Junior Ladies was won by Bernie Healy from the host club as she had a 3&2 win over Riverdale’s Margaret Courtney in the Final.


            Bernie defeated club-mate Mary Hubbert in her semi-final 2&1 while Margaret was a 3&2 winner over another Rosscarbery player Breda McDonnell in her semi-final.


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