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Ballaghaderreen claimed their fifth successive All-Ireland senior 40x20 club title at the expense of a game Coolboy of Wicklow at Abbeylara on Sunday last. Dessie Keegan opened for the Mayo side where he once again faced an in-form Michael Gregan. The Wicklow ace made life very difficult for the Mayo powerhouse in the first game, which he won comfortably 21 aces to seven. Keegan, at this stage a veteran of these team encounters, responded well in the second, which suffered a five minute delay due to a wet court, as he made his Wicklow opponent work much harder for each ace. Keegan took this game 21 aces to 15 to leave the Mayo side trailing by eight aces going into the doubles. Vincent Moran and Paul Flynn put in a fine performance to secure a good 21 aces to 12 win in the first game against Coolboy’s Pat Quaile and Michael Lennon. The second was a much closer affair which the Ballagh duo just won by a singles ace. With this slender advantage it was all up to Joe McCann who took on Johnny Willoughby in the final match of the afternoon. McCann was made to work very hard against a much-improved Willoughby and he did just that, winning the first game 21 aces to 17. This still left McCann needing 16 aces for victory in the final game of the evening. McCann kept a cool head and achieved the target at 16-14 to give Ballaghaderreen the well deserved victory. Much credit must go to the Coolboy lads who certainly pushed the Mayo champions all the way but overall Ballagh had the better balanced team on the day.
The 2010 Bud Light Tag season is shaping up to be the biggest and best to date with a host of new venues already confirmed. This is the only official IRFU tag rugby programme in Ireland and registration of teams will open on Thursday January 7 2010 with the leagues running from May to August.
Local squash professional John Rooney claimed his first Irish senior national title at the weekend.
The 2010 Galway Triathlon Club lecture series will kick off next week with a talk by club coach Ray Glynn on training programmes.
As a new year heralds in a new season, it also brings with it a new selection of rules to be tried out during the provincial and national leagues. With the FBD league supposed to have got under way in Garrymore on Sunday for Mayo against NUIG this raft of new rules will get its first airing in front of the Mayo faithful on Sunday week. For your ease, here is a run down of the new rules to be debuted on Sunday.
Several of Kilkenny’s star hurlers will face an added challenge this season following the implementation of a new rule making the wearing of helmets compulsory while playing hurling.
Kerry’s All-Ireland winning manager, Jack O’Connor, Prof Aidan Moran (former official psychologist to the Irish Olympic Squad) and IRFU director of fitness, Dr Liam Hennessy, will be among the star attractions at a special sports conference that will provide an insight into the methods of some of Ireland’s top managers.
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It is that time of year again when Mayo Roller Bowl runs the inter-business league. This league has been running for the past 17 years and has proved very successful with businesses all over Mayo competing. People are invited to enter a team of three players (and a sub) to compete on a weekly basis against other businesses in the county. It is a very enjoyable league for both new bowlers and experienced bowlers. It does not matter whether players have ever bowled before, because it is a handicap league with all players receiving a handicap to help them along.