It was a great result for the minority sport of skittles when the under 12 mixed skittles team from Ballingarry put in a fantastic performance to win the coveted gold medals on their very first time competing at the HSE Community Games National finals.
Co-ordinator Matt Anglim from Clonmel predicted this outcome after witnessing their accuracy and skill at both County and Munster championships.
They defeated Taghmon, Wexford by 322 points to 219 in the semi final and had another decisive victory over Sligo in the final to the delight of their families and many supporters. Congratulations to Lauren Cleary, Stephen Cleary, Conor Hayes, Michael O’Shea, Daniel Lyons, Patrick Burns and their coach, Noel Cleary.
Ss Peter and Paul’s who were defeated this year at Munster level by Limerick will be heartened to know Limerick won Gold in the under 16 event and Silver in the under 14 event. Thanks to Adrian Anglim and Veronica Brett for their assistance.
We hope other areas will become involved in this exciting and non expensive sport.
The O’Ceallaigh’s from St Olivers kept up the family tradition with three members competing in the swimming event where the versatile Lorna won a fourth place pewter medal in the under 16 backstroke while Adam also qualified for the final.
All our swimmers gave a good account of themselves. The standard was exceptionally high in all events. Apologies to David Walsh, St Mary’s who competed in the under 16 backstroke and whose name was omitted from the preview last week.
Pewter medals were also won by Roscrea u12 girls soccer team who were defeated in the semi final by Wexford who subsequently won the gold medals and were only beaten in penalties in play off for bronze by Galway.
Liam Corcoran, Lattin Cullen reached the final of the boys u14 cycling event.
Killian McHale, Kilsheelan and Roisin Allen, Newport both u12 did well in their events.
We were surprised and dismayed that there were no medals won in any of the Gymnastics events. We had a very talented group of competitors, some of whom were previous medal winners. Many were disappointed with the judges’ decisions.
Boys Pitch and Putt from Templemore also played well, missing medals by a narrow margin. However it is an honour for any child to represent their county and province at an All Ireland Final. Participation is what it is all about and everybody did their best and had a ball. Well done to all.
Congratulations also the the Tipperary Senior Hurling Team who had such a tough match against Dublin in the All Ireland Semi Final.. Many of the players are former Games competitors and we are so proud of them all. Best of luck in the final.