Leinter Inter County


Our 3 teams yesterday unfortunately could not grab a victory in their respective grades but they put in a great effort and done the county proud.
The Under 16s had a tough task on their hands in Collinstown Pitch & Putt from the very start as they were missing a couple of their top performers throughout the season but they fought on admirably nonetheless. Meath though with the likes of juvenile matchplay champion Seanie Bellew in top form along with team mate Evan Carry shot a superb -27 between them and took the victory. Lennon Blake shot the best score for our team but they can all hold their heads high and look forward to the Nationals in Erry.
Also in Collinstown the Lady Intermediates were in action. The team made up of RGSC stalwarts, put in a great doubles performance to lie just 4 shots behind Kildare and Meath. The singles though did not go our way as the aforementioned counties battled it out for the win with Kildare taking victory. Our Ladies were also pipped by Westmeath for 3rd position as they beat them on the singles countback.

The Inter Gents were across the county in the Lough Owel Club just outside Mullingar. They started very well in their doubles but still found themselves behind a Westmeath side who blew the field apart with superb scoring. In the singles, Barry Gorey put in a stunning display with a best of the day 47 pushing the Dubs into the medal places. As the Westmeath players started to feel the pressure the thoughts of a Dublin victory became a serious reality. The doubles score though for Westmeath was just big enough to hold on for the victory with 2 shots to spare over the Dublin gents.
A great day for our teams but one that could have easily been better.

It was successful day for the Dublin Gents team as they added the Leinster Inter County to their All Ireland title of last season with a commanding performance in Lough Owel over the weekend.

Out first on a sunny Sunday morning the Dublin ladies put in a superb doubles display finishing on -7 and take a 4 shot lead into the upcoming singles. The singles though was a different story as some of the team struggled with the length of the course and slopey nature of the greens as Kildare aided by a stunning 48 from Tara Dillon came roaring back from behind to take a comfortable win and turning a 4 shot deficit into a 17 shot win.

The Dublin ladies will no doubt be disappointed  with 2nd spot and with the singles scores but as they did last year, they are more than capable of bouncing back and retaining the All Ireland title in Ryston.

The Gents team over the last 7 attempts have struggled to get their hands on the Leinster Inter County but yesterday they made no mistake as they put in a fantastic performance from the off. The doubles pairings may have raised a few eyebrows but the team clicked into gear and raced into a 3 shot lead  over Westmeath shooting rounds of 8,9 &10 under par.

The singles started well with Chris Gallagher leading the team off with a solid 47 which was matched by his doubles partner Gary Healy and in doing so got the team off to a flying start. Stephen Murray struggling with a chest infection found the going tough but still managed to get around under par and added to an ever growing score. Junior Smith was at his battling brilliant best after a front 9 struggle that saw him 2 over par. The experience shone through though and he finished another 53 to add another vital stroke onto the total.
The final two players George McGreal & JR Crangle turned on the style as their rounds wore on and when both players birdied the notoriously tough 14th hole the title looked destined to return to the capital. George finished his round off with an unlucky putt on the final green but he can be more than satisfied with a superb best of the day 45 which also to his credit, included a penalty stroke that he called on himself, showing true sportsmanship of the highest order and his undoubted class. The final player on the course was the Captain JR Crangle who polished a fine team performance around the course the locals call “The Monster” with a 46 to complete a first victory since 2009 in this competition for the gents team with 6 shots to spare over the Westmeath men.
The DCB Chairman Anthony Malone thanked both teams for their efforts and praised the commitment shown by all over the past few weeks. He also praised the supporters that travelled down over the whole weekend.

Roll on Ryston where both teams will hope to defend their All Ireland titles