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.
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.
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 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.