Five Galway Players Finish as All-Ireland 60×30 Runners Up
Galway players competed in the All-Ireland softball doubles finals at the weekend. Diarmuid Mulkerrins and Cian O’Conghaile suffered defeat after three close games against Kilkenny opposition. The Galway men struggled to deal with their opponent’s serve and found themselves 20-9 down in the opening game.
They rallied to reduce the gap to 18-20 but Keith Bourke and Shane Dunne held their nerve to seal the first game. Mulkerrins and O’Conghaile claimed the second game as they were enjoyed a faster start to the second start. Last year’s U21 softball doubles champions won their semi-final match in a tiebreaker but they were unable to repeat the trick against an experienced Kilkenny pairing of Keith Bourke and Shane Dunne
Ollie Conway lost to Wexford’s Gavin Buggy in the Over 35 A Singles. The Williamstown man entered the game as underdog as his opponent reached the Irish Softball Nationals final where he lost to Martin Mulkerrins. Buggy’s power and softball experience proved too much for Conway to handle as he won in straight games. Matt Kenny, Brendan McNeela and Morgan Darcy also suffered defeats in their finals.
Intermediate Doubles: Keith Bourke/Shane Dunne (Kilkenny) dft Diarmuid Mulkerrins/Cian Ó Conghaile (Galway) 21-18, 8-21, 21-15
Over 35 A Singles: Gavin Buggy (Wexford) dft Ollie Conway (Galway) 21-7, 21-6
Masters B Singles: James Stanners (Wexford) dft Matt Kenny (Galway) 21-3, 21-6
Emerald Masters B Singles: James Mythen (Wexford) dft Brendan McNeela (Galway) 21-14, 21-6
Over 70 Singles: Pakie Mullins (Tipperary) dft Morgan Darcy (Galway) 21-2, 21-0
Juvenile A 60×30 Connacht Champions
There was more success for Galway in the Juvenile A Connacht finals. Sadhbh Ni Fhlaithearta produced an assured display as she proved too strong for Roscommon’s Siobhan Treacy. The Galway player won 21-2, 21-5 and Ni Fhlaithearta will now hope to claim All-Ireland success for the second year running after winning the U15 title last year. Mark Gillespie defeated his Sligo opponent in straight games while Padraig McNeela reached his Connacht final. Conor Duane was beaten in his U15 final.
U15 Singles: Cormac Finn (Sligo) dft Conor Duane (Galway)
U16 Singles: Sadhbh Ni Fhlaithearta (Galway) dft Siobhan Treacy (Roscommon)
U12 Singles: Mark Gillespie (Galway) dft Oran McNulty (Sligo)
U14 Singles: Padraig McNeela (Galway) dft Darragh Bourke (Sligo)
Saturday 14th September
Diarmuid Mulkerrins will hope to respond from his All-Ireland intermediate doubles final defeat last weekend when he pairs up with older brother Martin. The Mulkerrins brothers enter this encounter as underdogs with Brian Carroll and Gary McConnell providing the opposition. The Meath pairing are the reigning All-Ireland champions and the winners of this encounter will be among the favourites for the title. Chris Connaughton and Alan Byrne are in the All-Ireland Junior B semi finals and Diarmuid Mulkerrins will compete in the intermediate singles semi-final with both fixtures down for decision this Sunday.
Crinkle, Offaly At 11.30am
All-Ireland Senior Doubles Quarter Final: Brian Carroll/Gary McConnell (Meath) v Martin Mulkerrins/Diarmuid Mulkerrins (Galway)
Sunday 15th September
Williamstown, Galway at 1pm
Junior B Doubles: Chris Connaughton/Alan Byrne (Galway) v Conor Owens/Adam Crosbie (Cavan)
Loughmacrory, Tyrone at 1pm
Intermediate Singles: Ryan Mullan (Tyrone) v Diarmuid Mulkerrins (Galway)