Drumshanbo teams both start well in Junior Boys seedings

For the 14th time in fifteen attempts Drumshanbo qualified for the Junior A volleyball championships while their B team top the teams going into the B grade.

For the 14th time in fifteen attempts Drumshanbo qualified for the Junior A volleyball championships while their B team top the teams going into the B grade.

For the 14th time in fifteen attempts Drumshanbo qualified for the Junior A volleyball championships while their B team top the teams going into the B grade.

Last Thursday in Ballinagar was all of what is best in sport. Five teams came together. All won sets and all panel members got playing. Also as each six of a school were playing, all their classmates applauded their sporting best.

Drumshanbo As won all their games. All players had their moments. Coming on cold against a warmed up Elphin A, Drumshanbo took the lead from the start in both sets. Callum O’Hagan-Moore led the pack with accurate passing, hitting and serving, working alongside Lucas Da Silva and with similar play from Sunbeam Feng on the other side of the team.

Damien Duignan helped with his serve, while great team play from Kevin Moran helped build up a big lead in the second set. However Elphin showed that, when they got their serves going towards the end of the first set, they exposed flaws in Drumshanbo, coming from 23-12 to 23-17.

Against Elphin B, thanks to 8 serves in a row from Feng, Drumshanbo A had a huge win in the opening set. Drumshanbo played all their subs in the 2nd set. After a settling period where Elphin raced ahead 7-2, Brian Moran served the next 8 points and Drumshanbo won comfortably thanks to more of his serves. Conor Daly showed great energy in court cover and passing.

In their third match, their 1st set winning margin against Kiltimagh A was the biggest since the 1990s with Da Silva serving well. Adam McCarty and Brian Keaveney set well, with Keaveney had a run of serves. Meanwhile Caleb Duffy, a great defender throughout, and, working well in one-twos with Moore, finally got consistency on his serve and killed off Kiltimagh with aces.

Drumshanbo B had a dream start. With Gavin Flynn playing well at the net, they overwhelmed Kiltimagh A in the 1st set with their steadiest player, Mark Gillespie, finishing it off with his ever-accurate serving. Kiltimagh settled in the 2nd and returned the ball, leading 10-6.

Garrett Higgins, as he also did against Elphin A when needed, showed all his skills of digs and hits and a service run from Cathal McKeon won them a lead at 16-13. Kiltimagh returned to lead 23-21 but Aaron Perrin came on and his accurate passing got them to 24-24.

A huge service run from Mark McMahon ensured a big 1st set win against Elphin B. In the 2nd set Elphin raced into leads at 7-4 and 19-14. Good interpassing between Sean Prior, Kevin Lynch and Gavin Kane hauled back the lead and good defence from Lewis Norrington helped eat out the win.

No upset looked possible in the opening set against Elphin A as Elphin raced ahead 8-2 and 15-10, but a service run from Shane McGrenaghan, with winners from Flynn, resulted in a very close finish.

In the final set, Drumshanbo down at 7-4 and 14-17, a Darren Hennessy run, a hit from Liam Rowan and good control from Sean Prior saw them take the lead at 21-19. Last year Drumshanbo’s Junior B team was the most successful on the school. This years’ have started well. Stephen Carty, Shane McNama, Alan McTigue and Barry McNama managed the sides well, all under the watchful eye of Ms Coyne.

Leitrim Ladies Monster Bingo

Leitrim Ladies County Board are running Monster Bingo on Good Friday March 29, in the Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon at 8.30pm. Jackpot is €1000. Please support this fundraiser.

Tribute evening for Michael Kenny

A tribute evening in memory of the late Michael Kenny will be held next Saturday, March 16, in the Kilbracken Arms. The event is organised by a committee of Carrigallen GAA, representatives of other local Carrigallen group and members of Ballinamore AC. Everyone is welcome on the night with music by Evening Star  from 9 pm till late. Michael, who passed away after a long illness, was deeply involved in all aspects of local life in Carrigallen particularly athletics and gaelic football.

Leitrim Masters Soccer

The first round of games took place in the FAI LSP Leitrim Master League.

Results: Sheemore Rovers 4-1 Wrong Direction (James McGowan 3, Shane O’Rourke) (Fergal Donlon); NL Galaxy All Stars 2-0 Leitrim Villa (Joe Keaney, Fred Kavanagh); Abbey Rovers 4-2 Drumkeerin Gaels (Adrian Cullen 2, Paul Prior 2) (Padraig Fallon 2); Gaels United 8-2 Drumshanbo Babes (Jimmy Egan 2, Fergal McPartland 2, Neil Nolan 2, John Nolan, John Casey) (Stephen McWeeney 2)

March 15 Fixtures: Leitrim Villa v Sheemore Rovers 7.00; Drumkeerin Gaels v Wrong Direction 7.30; Drumshanbo Babes v N L Galaxy All Stars 8.00; Gaels United v Abbey Rovers 8.30

Carrick Tennis

St Patricks day parade: All members new/old are invited to join us this year for the parade which promises to be extra special occasion this year, please let Nicholas, Norma or any of the club members know if you interested in partaking please. We will meet at the girls school at 13.45. Thank you. Follow us on Facebook for frequent updates at carricktennisclub.

Aviva Soccer Sisters Easter camps are back!

The FAI with Leitrim County Council is delighted to announce that the Aviva Soccer Sisters are back with a camp running on Tuesday & Wednesday, March 26 & 27, at the Marist Girls NS in Carrick-on-Shannon.

The Aviva Soccer Sisters programme gives girls between the ages of 7-12 years old the opportunity to play football in a fun environment with others within their own age group and ability. Each participant receives a special Soccer Sister jersey as well as two days coaching from 10am to 2pm. Cost is just €10 for the two days.

Places are limited, to register or for further details please visit www.fai.ie/soccersisters, or for more information email soccersisters@fai.ie, phone 01 8999559 or contact Damon Kearney on 087 7728173.