West Cork Rankings 2014
Goleen February 2nd
Report: Owen Kelly
The first West Cork Ranking of the season proved a great success with nearly fifty entries on the day in nine divisions. Entries were taken from all over West Cork with players from the three major clubs Bantry, Skibbereen and local hosts Goleen. There were also a number of entries from local schools including the new Schull Community College club, St. Finbarr’s and Gaelscoils, unfortunately due to illness the new Ballydehob Club didn’t make an appearance but will be there for the next one!
The matches came fast and furious and as is the nature of the competition loads of five-setters caused a flurry of tension around the hall. A much anticipated meeting of James Heap and Mair Kelly eventually dictated the result in Division 1 with Heap coming out on top and the old rivalry between Heap and Brian Crowley came down to a 3-1 win for Heap. Peter Dorrington (Skibbereen) and Niall O’Driscoll (Goleen) finished fourth and fifth.
Division 2 saw the new challenge of Erik Olsson versus one of our former top juniors James Lavin making a welcome return, again another five-setter going the way of experience and Lavin topped the group with Erik second and an in-form Amy Dorrington taking third. Jack O’Neill and Mirak Ville both of Bantry finished fourth and fifth.
Oisin Barrett from Ballydehob via Schull CC made his debut in some style taking the 3rd Division title from Botond Rozsa (St. Finbarr’s). With Dara McCarthy pinching third from cousin Dylan McCarthy (both from Bantry), Conn Riordan finished fifth with the vast majority of matches going the full distance.
Charlie Lavin emulated his older brother by taking first place in his division, his first division win out of 6 attempts. He was mighty relieved to top the group with three girls vying for the title and only separated on count-back, Louise O’Donnell and Alisha McCarthy (Bantry) were second and third with Anna Barrett (Schull CC) fourth ahead of her college team mate Alex Maguire fifth in his first ranking.
Matthew Harley dominated Division 5 with Lewis O’Regan (Lowertown) putting in an excellent performance to finish second. Patrick Goggin (Bantry), Maya Mukerjee (Bantry) and Liam Hurley (Schull CC) finished third, fourth & fifth respectively.
It was another Bantry winner in the 6th Division, Bantry having a particularly good day on their return. Paddy O’Neill saw off the challenge from Milan Vearncomb (Lowertown) who in turn raised his game against Niall O’Keeffe (Bantry). Aine Keating (Skibbereen) who is still U-10 and looks like favourite to retain the upcoming Under-10 Primary Schools Individual title finished ahead of Kitty Barrett of Schull CC in her first ever competition.
Another Bantry winner in the guise of Gerard O’Keefe saw off the challenge of Jasmine Kelly in Division 7, with Tyler Francis (Bantry) and Aine Geoghegan (Skibbereen) finishing third and fourth.
Bantry completed their tremendous return to the rankings with wins in both Division 8 and 9. Paddy Cronin and Eoin O’Neill taking the top spots respectively. Aoife Sheehan and Aaron Olsson both from the Goleen club took second and third in Division 8 with Donal Riordan and John Paul Jenner in fourth and fifth. Division 9 is always a hard one to call and Sean Cronin (Bantry) impressed with his runner-up finish ahead of Jennifer Dorrington (Drimoleague), Skibbereen club mates Beth Webb and Joseph Jenner battled it out for fourth fifth.
A special thanks to Tony Higgins who provided some souvenir West Cork CD Clocks and to James Kelly who helped out in every regard, learning the ropes of running a tournament!
See you next month!
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A selection of photos from the day
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