Collooney Kickboxing Fighting Season started with victory
A fighting fit team of 16 fighters, pictured
, were selected to represent the Collooney Kickboxing Club at the National Championships in City West , Dublin last weekend.
Light contact and full contact fighting was on Saturday . Jarlath O’Connor was first up for the club with two ring fights on Saturday , his final against Dublin was very close, unfortunately it didn’t go the Collooney way.
Brother duo PJ and Leo Scanlon , Nathan and Leyland Nooney were on the Tatamis next in -37kgs division , PJ reached the final and put on a great display, showing some lovely movement and counter punching after.
Luke Brehony and Evan Mc Guinn fought next, after battling it out on the mats both fighters made their way to the podium - Luke securing silver and Evan a bronze.
Shane Keaney and Cathal Monds had a busy day, fighting in two disciplines kick light and light continuous, first rounds were extremely tough as they met European Champions however, that did not deteer them as they both took the win.
Kyle Keaney , Lucy and Halle Conlon -Oates fought next , Kyle and Lucy taking silver and Halle bronze .
Rebecca Ballantyne fought next against a current World Champion from Dublin, Rebecca secured silver.
Collooneys European champion Ruth Conlon-Oates was last to fight. This year sees a new, more challenging fighting division for Ruth, fighting 3 two minutes rounds at -65kgs. By the third round it was clear Ruth was a punch ahead her opponent taking her into the final. The final was to be no easy task for Ruth as she faced one of Irelands most experienced and telented Kickboxers - Karyna Nikotyna, Double World & European Champion. This was an extremely tiring and close fight as Ruth fought her heart out keeping her opponent in close range, it all happened in the last 20 seconds as Ruth landed a back hand to the head following through with a roundkick to the body gaining those last important scores to take home GOLD for her club.
This was such close fight, Ruth keeping her apponent in close range, score board was close and it came to the last 20 seconds , collooneys fighter landing back hand to head and a round kick to the body to take GOLD home!!!
Sunday saw more fighting for these 16 making it to the semi-finals and the finals. By the end of the weekend Collooney Kickboxing Club took home 1 Gold, 11 Silver and 11 Bronze medals leaving Chief Instructor Des Leonard extremely proud of his team.
This weekend was only the beginning for these fighters as all those bringing home Gold and Silver have secured themselves a place on the Irish Kickboxing Team and will represent their country at the World Championships on Italy in September of this year.
Sligo Rovers lotto, match tonight Dublin
OLLIE FALLON of Heatherview won the €200 Tesco voucher in Sligo Rovers weekly lotto draw last night, Monday.
The winning foursome was 7, 19, 20, 21 and there was no claim on the jackpot of €14,000 for an all-correct forecast.
Next Monday night’s will offer a bonanza of €14,300 for a correct forecast of all three numbers.
The top prize will be shared equally if there is more than one all-correct entry.
Tonight, Sligo Rovers play their rescheduled SSE Airtricity League fixture with St Patrick's Athletic in Richmond Park.
The match in Inchicore’s Richmond Park has twice postponed in recent months due to weather.
The fixture also means that by next weekend the Bit O’ Red will have taken the field for five grueling games inside fourteen days.
Not surprising, this has taken a toll and Sligo Rovers has a lengthy list of injured for tonight’s important clash with fifth placed ‘Pats.’
Last Friday night, Rovers were unlucky to lose 2-1 to Dundalk in Oriel Park.
First, Patrick Hoban struck with barely two minutes remaining on the clock.
Then, Adam Morgan was denied an equaliser in the 94th minute.
Tonight, though, Rovers have six regular first-teamers on the injuries list.
Patrick McClean, David Cawley, Regan Donelon, Raffaele Cretaro and Eduardo Pincelli join keeper Michael Schlingermann on the sidelines.
Manager Gerard Lyttle: "The injuries are definitely because of the run of games.
“It isn't fair and it's not just Sligo Rovers in the situation. We can't train; we can't recover properly.
“Now we have to cope with six players out for this game because of all the games we've played in a short space of time.
“There is also the travelling, going to Dundalk last Friday and Dublin on Tuesday and you have to manage that too with workload on the players overall.
“It isn't ideal and everyone knows something has to be done about it.”
Says Lyttle of tonight’s fixture: "While we are without a lot of big players for us, we go there in great spirits.
“The lads trained really well on Monday morning (yesterday).
“They took a lot from their performance against Dundalk despite losing so late on.
“We'll call on some of the Under-19s to add to the squad,” said Lyttle.
Looking back at last weekend, “I thought it was a great performance in Dundalk,” says Lyttle.
“We were excellent,” he added: “We were just switched off with a minute to go and Dundalk made it count.
“Adam (Morgan) was unlucky not to see the header go in and it was hard to come away with nothing after all the effort the boys put in.
"We were brave, we stood up to Dundalk. I'm sick of saying what belief we have in the players and about the potential in this team.
“They showed they can put it up to the best teams in the country and it wasn't just about the effort they showed.
“We played some nice football and kept trying to play (but) we came away with nothing.
“We’ve spoken a lot recently about some of these performances that haven't delivered wins.
That's what we have to turn them into. We can do that Tuesday night I feel.
"St Pat's do not change much. They play the right way, they had a good win on Friday away from home and it's a tough game.
“But the focus is on us; to go out and show the performance against Dundalk can be repeated, keep a clean sheet, be positive and get the result,” said the Bit O’Red boss.
Latest Men's Results County Sligo Golf Club
Results: Sat 12-May-2018: 18 Holes- Scotch Foursomes Stroke; White Tees; 1st Gerard Sproule (4) and Gary Reynolds (8) 71, 2nd David Harte (15) & Tommy Rooney (17) 72, 3rd Joe Gilroy (6) & Martin McDonnell (8) 73Entries: 27 Pairs
Results: Sun 13-May-2018: 18 Holes Stableford; White Tees; 1st
Dean Mahon (8) 39 Pts, 2nd
Pat McDaniel (11) 35 Pts (B9), 3rd
Peter Quinn (17) 35 Pts (B9), 4th
Pat Neiland (13) 35 Pts, 5th
Sean Creed (14) 34 Pts (B9); CSS: 73; No. of Entries: 70
Thrilling displays at Sligo Super Cup
The Dublin & District Schoolboys League (DDSL) celebrated their 75th
anniversary in style at Sligo Showgrounds over the May Bank Holiday
weekend when they successfully defended their Sligo Super Cup title.
young Dubliners produced a stunning display of top class football all
weekend before eventually lifting the trophy for the second time after a
gripping final showdown with the multi-talented Derby County Academy.
thrilling final ended with four goals shared in a hugely entertaining
encounter before the Dublin lads finally claimed the trophy in a
nail-biting penalty shoot-out.
The champions had performed
exceptionally well in the group stage matches, winning all three games
against the Mayo League, Chesterfield and Ipswich Town to top their
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