Summer tag tournament
Castlebar Rugby Club is hosting the summer tag tournament which will be running from June 23 to August 5. Teams will consist of seven players, three male and four female, on the field and a team can have up to 12 players in a squad. All team entries must be in by Monday next, June 21. Players who do not have a team but would like to play can still get involved and Castlebar Rugby Club will match you up with a team looking for players. For more information email [email protected] or go along to the open training session on Tuesday at 7pm. Entry cost is €25 per player.
Braves to stay in National League
Basketball followers in Ballina can look forward to another season of National League action following a recent decision by the local club. At a well attended AGM, Ballina Braves Basketball Club decided that the club would again participate in Division One of the National Basketball League despite the travel and expense involved. Those present felt that participation in the National League was vital for the continuation of basketball at all levels in the town. It was also agreed that the club would seek to participate in the Galway basketball league in provide an opportunity for the club’s many Galway based players to play the game during the week.
Rowley and Murphy win sailing club race
Mayo Sailing Club’s annual outing to Clare Island held last weekend went very smoothly with a great sail around the island had by all involved.
The race was held in close to ideal conditions with favourable winds and not too much swell. This led to a race that took an average of two hours for participating boats. John Lambe and his crew on Blue Moon was the fastest home and the first to cross the line. However, on corrected time and handicaps, the winners of the Round Clare Island Race were Kevin Rowley and Michael Murphy on Rubadubdub.
John Holian memorial results
The late John Holian would have been a proud man on Friday last, when the who's who of Connacht cycling turned up to race. Rás stars like Dave Brennan, David O’Loughlin, and Michael Duffy were there to race. Galway Bay CC was well represented with Nigel Forde there as race captain and an old mate of John Holian. Castlebar CC had nearly 20 racers looking to take back the cup.
Twelve minutes separated the front group from the scratch riders over the 35 miles, with the scratch riders in no mood for hanging around, it did not take them long to reel in the three groups ahead, a strong eight man group forged ahead on the fourth of the five lap race. This group stayed away till the sprint where Charles Prendergast just held off the fast finishing Michael Duffy with Ryan Mullen filling the podium for third.
Mayo team ready for Donegal International Rally
One Mayo team will be at the starting line this weekend (June 17 to 19 ) when the 40th anniversary of the Topaz Donegal International Rally takes off in Letterkenny. Some 170 teams will participate in three categories over the weekend, the only three-day event of its kind in the country. David Carney and his co-driver Ray Fitzpatrick will take part in the International event in their Citroen C2R2Max. The international race, which runs for the three days, attracts the largest number of entrants, while entrants in the Historic event, which starts on the Saturday, and the Junior event on the Sunday, make up the remaining teams.