Jonathan makes it four from four

The focus in Manorhamilton in the last week may have been on last Sunday’s County Final but one Manorhamilton student, Jonathan Dolan, is making huge strides in the badminton world as he has been picked for international duty.

The focus in Manorhamilton in the last week may have been on last Sunday’s County Final but one Manorhamilton student, Jonathan Dolan, is making huge strides in the badminton world as he has been picked for international duty.

Jonathan, who won four tournaments in recent weeks, has been chosen by Badminton Ireland to travel to the Upcoming World Junior Championship’s In Tokyo Japan. The four selected players will compete in the Team event from October 25-28, and in the individual events between October 30 and November 3. This is a major milestone for young Irish badminton players to be competing in this event and we wish Jonathon and the rest of the Irish team every success.

The Sligo club player added to his recent success at the Bulgarian Junior International, the Irish Junior International and the Mount Pleasant Senior Open by capturing the Men’s Singles title at the inaugural Munster Open. 17 year old Dolan has made a perfect start to the 2012/2013 season with four Men’s Singles wins out of four.

Jonathan went into his second Irish Senior event of the season having already won the Mount Pleasant Open (Dublin) two weeks previously. The Munster Open in Cork’s Mardyke Arena had the best Irish players competing for all-important national ranking points. As a result of this win Jonathan is now ranked second in the Badminton Ireland Senior Ranking list. Only Ireland’s two-time Olympian, Scott Evans, a full time professional player who has been training in Denmark for the past number of years is ranked ahead of Jonathan.

In two weeks Jonathan and David travel with an Irish selection to the U-19 Swiss Open. Jonathan has already won the Bulgarian U-19 and Irish U-19 Junior International championships within the past month so he will be confident going there. With a bit of luck he may make it five wins out of five!

Over 70 players competed in the two day event in Sligo last weekendn and once again, Jonathan effortlessly to his place in the final but number 2 seed Tony Stevenson, from Lisburn, prevailed on this occasion with a 21-18, 21-16 score-line. To Jonathon’s credit, in support of his home tournament, he entered all 3 events i.e. Singles, Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles in which he encountered some very long and tiring quarter and semi final matches.

Jonathan also reached the Mixed Doubles fina lwith his partner from Lisburn, Alannah Stevenson but the glory was to go to the number 1 seeded pair of Sinead Chambers and her brother Ciaran Chambers from Lisburn.

In the Men’s doubles, Jonathan and Joshua Magee lost out in the semi-finals to David Walsh & Ciaran Chambers.

STC will hold another Badminton Ireland national event on December 29 & 30, and if last weekend’s event is anything to go by this should be a much anticipated competition for players from all 4 Provinces.

Dolan and Walsh will compete next in the Irish Futures Series event in Dublin next weekend, an International Circuit event making its inaugural appearance in Ireland. This is a Senior event and a progression for the players from their three recent U-19 International events in Bulgaria, Ireland and Switzerland. STC wishes the two boys every success as they prepare for this competition.

Kinlough anglers celebrate end of season

Kinlough & District Anglers’ Association have run an End of Season Competition since the early 1980s (almost 30 years) always on the second last Saturday of September. The second last Saturday was decided on because many anglers wanted to fish in their own club events on the last week-end of the Angling Season. The event used to consist of a day fishing followed by dinner and presentation of prizes.

A number of years ago it was decided to dispense with the dinner part of the event, reduce the size of the prizes and donate all proceeds to charity.

Thanks to our generous sponsors: Jackie Mahon of Abbey Foods, Sligo, for providing all the food for a highly enjoyable and much appreciated BBQ, which is held on the shores of Lough Melvin at Breffni Pier on the evening of the competition.

Prizes for the competition winners are sponsored by the Linehan Family, Cork (who also donated the perpetual Cup for the winner); Carty’s Land & Sea Sport, Bundoran; Drowes Fishery, Lareen and Sean Maguire Fishing Tackle, Garrison.

The End of Season Competition was won by James Doherty, followed in second place by Brian Bingham and in third place Tommy Walsh. In total 14 prizes were given out.

The weather gods were in good mood this year and the anglers could enjoy the tasty food sitting outside, followed by a cup of tea or coffee and cakes provided by club members and friends. Wives and girlfriends and many children joined the fun and enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere.

The proceeds from the event will be divided among various local charities and institutions such as the Sheil Hospital Ballyshannon, Patients Comfort Fund, RNLI Lifeboat Bundoran, Cregg House Sligo, local Wheelchair Associations, St. Vincent de Paul etc,

Many thanks to all the anglers and to everyone who assisted and donated so generously.

Kinlough & District Anglers’Association.

Leitrim Sports Star Awards Seeking Nominations

The “Leitrim Sports Star Awards” will take place on 1st December 2012 in the Landmark Hotel, Carrick on Shannon. The aim of the night is to reward and recognise the outstanding achievements and contributions that both individuals and groups have made to sport and recreation in the County.

You can nominate your Sports Star by completing the nomination form in the paper.
The categories are: Sports Individual Junior, Sports Individual Senior, Juvenile Team of the Year, Men’s Team of the Year, Women’s Team of the Year, Best Sports School, Community Person/Club Volunteer of the Year, Special Achievement Award, Hall of Fame and Leitrim Sports Person of the Year. 
The closing date for receipt of nominations is Friday, November 2. Nomination forms are also available to download from www.leitrimsports.ie, and are available from the offices of Leitrim County Council, Carrick on Shannon. They will also be made available at a number of other locations throughout the County in the coming weeks. Nominations should be submitted to Leitrim Sports Partnership, Áras an Chontae, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.

Nominations will be shortlisted by our guest panel of judges to three per category. The winner in each category will be announced on the night. Each winner will receive a specially handcrafted award, presented by each of our generous sponsors. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for their support – Leitrim County Council, The Landmark Hotel, Cora Systems, Leitrim Development Company, Aura Leitrim Leisure, Woodies DIY, KPF Sports Ground Contractors and Lough Rynn Castle Estate & Gardens.

Should you require any assistance with the nomination process or if you wish to purchase a ticket please feel free to contact us at any stage by telephoning 071 9650498 or emailing sports@leitrimcoco.ie. Tickets are also available to buy online at www.leitrimsports.ie

Rare behind the scenes look at Connacht rugby

After the surprise announcement that Eric Elwood is to depart from Co‑nnacht Rugby at the end of the season, rugby fans will be looking to an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary on Connacht Rugby to get an understanding of the level of physical and emotional commitment required to coach and compete at the highest levels of the sport when The West’s Awake airs on Wednesday, October 10, on TG4 at 9:30.
The documentary is an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Connacht Rugby’s inaugural Heineken Cup Season last year. With unprecedented access granted by Elwood, the documentary follows management, squad and supporters on their eventful season and provides a compelling unvarnished look at life in the club.

The West’s Awake: Rugbaí Chonnacht was directed by Kieran Hartigan (The Brave & the Faithful 2006) and co-produced by Hartigan and Aideen Kane (Back to School Primary Pressures) for Galway-based Iris Productions.

Funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, TG4 and Failte Ireland, it will broadcast on Wednesday October 10, at 9.30pm and again on Saturday, October 13, at 11:25pm.