Championship week 7
Game week 7 kicked off in Albert College Park, Dublin. With Na Fianna facing Bunbrosna, WestMeath in Mixed first. 4-4 after the first innings, all was to play for. However, Liam Whelehan, hit a bases loaded Home Run in the second innings for the Dublin side, he also had a 100% success rate at bat, along with Leighann Grier and Michelle Whelan. Liam was also named 'Man of the Match'. Team mate Aodhaghan O' Deasmhnaigh (COF), made some impossible catches, all helping Na Fianna take the victory, 18-7. Special mention for Bunbrosna's, Paul Bardon, who secured most outs for his club.
Na Fianna Ladies hosted Barntown Gaels, Wexford next. The Capitals, Ann Murphy as Catcher, was stand out player for her team, taking the first three outs for her club, along with another three over the rest of the innings. Wexford's, Second Base, Mary Roche was named 'Man of the Match', showing great batting and fielding skills, never getting out, while taking the most outs (three alone in the second innings), for Gaels. Steph Kelly made a fantastic catch on Third Base, ending the game 30-6 in favour of Barntown.
The last match scheduled for Albert Park, was Na Fianna v Sean Connollys Men. A close game up until the third innings, when Longford reduced Na Fianna to one run, and scoring 18. Due to Connollys, Evan Tully, hitting a bases loaded Home Run, which lit a spark in the rest of his team. This ultimately was the end of the game, with Connollys running out eventual winners 34-21. Tully also put most players out while Pitching/Catching.
We headed to Limerick next, were Sporting Limerick hosted Michael Glaveys, Roscommon, in Ladies and Mixed. Glaveys produced some fantastic batting from Kay Bailey and superb catching from Anna Gallagher. While Sporting Limerick's Lauretta Keyes had a brilliant day at bat and Diane Curran got the most outs. The Connaught side took a strong lead in the second, which the Munster side could not recover from. Glaveys were victorious, 30-24.
A very close game took place next. Roscommons, Dylan Trindle and Sean Bailey, caught every ball hit their way, no matter how high or low. However, Sporting Limerick's Pitcher, Eoghan Cantillon-Mann, was at lightening speed doubled up with Karl Buckley's excellent throws from outfield to home, left spectators in awe along with Shane Joyce's, who's batting and catching was on point. Sporting Limerick took the win, 13-9.
Up in Cavan, Erne Eagles faced The Heath in Men's. It was a six all draw after the second innings. Smartly placed hits from Ulster's COF, Hugh Briody and First Base, Gerrard Clerkin helped Eagles take the lead. Great fielding from all nine Cavan players, kept the Laois side scoreless for the 3rd, 4th and 5th. Our current Men's Champions continue their undefeated streak. Special mention goes to Leinster's, Damien Keane, who was never put out. Final result Erne Eagles 14, The Heath 6.
Down in Laois, Clonaslee faced Cuchulainn, Carlow in Ladies and Mixed. A hard fought battle took place in the Ladies game, but sharp fielding from Laois', Angelina Daly, Anne Kelly and Aine Dunne, kept the Carlow side scoreless for two of the five innings. Cuchulainn's, Alex O Brien, was the only player never put out from either team. Game Finished 14-12 to Clonaslee.
Cuchulainn set out for revenge in the Mixed game. Hitting hard from the first innings. John Doyle, Peadar Waters and Billy Connors led the way for Carlow, contributing to a total of 16 runs between them. Final result, 40-16.
We were back in Albert College Park the following Sunday, Na Fianna faced The Heath, Laois in Men's, a game that went an hour and ten. The Heath had a superb first innings scoring 13-2. However, every innings after was much closer 7-4, 5-1, 1-1, -0. Laois' first base, Philip Keane, took most outs for his team, also never getting out, along with team mate James Kavanagh. Justin Keane had a great game on Second base as well. Na Fianna spread their glory across three players, Dave Fenton (3.B), Frank Twomey (S.S) and Aodhaghain O Deasmunaigh (ROF), who all caught three players a piece.
Up in Monaghan, we had more Men's action with Carrickmacross hosting Adamstown, Wexford. A tight game occurred. The Leinster side scored seven in the last innings, going ahead 12-9. With two out and the winning run on third, Ulster's, Cathal Keenan, hit a rocket of a ball to win the game 13-12. Stand out players for Carrick were brother's Colm (Catcher) and Ronan Kiernan (2.b) along with Wesley Williams (LOF). Team mate Barry Lambe (P), was named 'Man of the Match'. Adamstown's Paul Delaney, had a great game in LOF, along with Raymond Roche as Catcher.
Adamstown Ladies were playing down in Meath, against Skryne. Again, another close game happened, with the host team leading 14-10 after the third innings. The Wexford Ladies managed to keep their opposition scoreless for the 4th and 5th. Innings played out 2-4, 2-4, 10-2, 0-5, 0-8. Adamstown's, Anne Marie Dunphy and Eilis Furlong, both had great games in their positions, Eilis (2.B), was the only player not to get out for the five innings. Meath's, Roisin Hogan, was names 'Man of the Match' for her display while fielding.
Both clubs faced off in Mixed next, a fast paced game is how you would describe it. Adamstown's Catcher, Maura Caroll, was involved in seven outs for her club. While team mate Anne Marie, scored a Home Run in the second innings, along with Jamie Whelan. The Wexford side managed to keep Skryne scoreless for three innings, helping them take the win 14-8. Stand out player for Skryne was Nickey Horan in LOF, who made eight superb catches, resulting in him being named 'Man of the Match'.
Other results from game week 7
The Heath v Erne Eagles 18-10 Mixed
Glynn/Barntown v Ballinagore 31-6 Mixed
Glynn/Barntown v Sean Connollys 67-4 Men
Michael Glaveys, Roscommon