County Junior 40x20 Doubles Final
The St. Comans pair of Oisin Naugthon and Darren Beatty went into this match with good confidence having won the recent Curraghoy doubles tournament. Their opponents though Philip O’Connor and Cormac O’Brien (St. Brigids) are very experienced doubles players having reached two All-Ireland finals in recent years. The first game went to O’Connor and O’Brien 21-8 after being tied at 8-8 for a short while. The second game was much closer with the St. Brigids lad staking it 21-16. Well doen to both sets of players on a very sporting contest and best of luck to Philip and Cormac who now represent Roscommon in the next rounds of the Connacht championship.
Senior Connaught 40 x 20 Connacht Final
St. Coman's Damien Martin and Rikki O'Gara had probably the best win of their adult career when they defeated favourites Dessie Keegan and Joe McCann of Ballaghadereen in the Senior Connacht doubles final last Sunday. Played before a packed crowd in the Ballagh lads' homecourt, this was a match that contained tremendous fast-paced action from four very hard hitters. In the first game the Ballagh lads were that bit more clinical with Joe's backwall killing really catching the eye. The younger Roscommon pair made far too many unforced errors, similar to their big alley All-Ireland semi-final meeting last year and the older lads were smart enough to play a relatively safe game until the seemingly inevitable setup came their way.
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Connacht 40x20 Senior Doubles Semi-Final
St. Coman's Damien Martin and Rikki O'Gara had a much harder than expected Connacht Senior Semi-Final against Ballaghadereen's Campbell Brennan and Vinny Moran in St. Coman's last Wednesday night. The younger Roscommon lads were expected to advance fairly comfortably and while not playing particularly well early on, everything seemed to be going according to plan