Portsalon Ladies eliminated in All-Ireland semi-finals
It was not to be for our Ladies today in their AIG Women's Intermediate All-Ireland semi-final against Gowran Park GC in Westport on Friday.
Despite some early gains, the Portsalon team found themselves chasing games from the turn and, try as they did, they were not able to prevent the Kilkenny side from establishing a 3-0 lead as the final two games were called in, still with everything to play for.
Defeat today, but a summer of enormous success that the team can be proud of.
Heart and soul was poured into every game as they emerged from the Ulster battleground and a memorable quarter-final win over Black Bush GC was achieved in Dundalk at the start of this month in Ireland's last-eight.
To reach this stage was a landmark achievement for any Portsalon team and sets the standard for others to aim at in the future, while the landslide win achieved by Gowran Park in the final on Saturday certainly showed that Portsalon had done incredibly well to give them a competitive game.
We salute Team Captain Roseanne and her entire squad for reaching this National stage – you can be more than proud of your achievement in going so far. The team are pictured having received their bronze medals.
Club Matchplay Finals
Our Club Matchplay doubles final has reached the final stages and it's a game of Family Fortunes. Brothers Sean and Cathal Canning will take on father/son Alistair and Alfie Rodger.
The Rodger's took out the fancied side of Ryan McGettigan and Donal Callaghan Jr in their semi-final, while the Canning's knocked out Mickey Crossan and Martin O'Reilly. Best of luck to both pairs.
The glorious double is still on for Alistair Rodger, as he faces Brian Devlin in the semi-finals of the Singles Matchplay competition. The winner will face Milford's Daniel Shields in the final after he knocked out Stuart Nicholl in the last four.
Hole-in-One for Ronan McClafferty
Saturday's competition winner Ronan McClafferty did things in style, with a Hole-in-One at the 10th to kick-start his back nine. After a birdie on the 8th, his ace was part of an eight-hole stretch played to par and that was the basis for an overall three-point win with an excellent 40 points played from the back markers in testing conditions.
Saturday 23rd September
Winner: Ronan McClafferty (12) – 40 pts
Runner-up: Giles Kilpatrick (24) – 37 pts BOT
Gross: Sean Forbes (6) – 30 gross pts
Third: Enda McElhinney (14) – 37 pts BOT
Sunday 24th September – Monthly Medal
Winner: Johnny Shields (3) – 72
Runner-up: Gareth McLarnon (13) - 73