Three Kildare teams won Gold in Table Tennis, Handball and Indoor Soccer at the weekend’s Leinster Finals in Carlow. The teams from Two Mile House, Leixlip and Newbridge St Brigid’s will be heading to the HSE Community Games National Finals in May to represent Kildare.
The three Two Mile House lads Jack Carroll, Brian Collins and Jack Collins played out of their skins to record a hard fought victory over an experienced Ballyroan (Laois) team in Boys Under 13 Table Tennis.
Both teams had won their Semi-Final very easy without conceding a match and the stage was set for an intriguing Final. With the final tied at two matches each Brian and Jack Collins were growing in confidence and outplayed their opponents to win both their matches to send the U3 Table Tennis title back to Kildare. Andrew Lyons and David Broe played their part in a very fine team performance
Newbridge St Brigid’s recorded another Leinster indoor soccer title for themselves with an polished performance against Enniscorthy (Laois) winning 2-0 in the Boys U13 Final.
The Newbridge lads survived a penalty shoot-out in their Semi-Final against Killoe (Wexford) to progress to the Final. In an evenly matched contest Daniel Madaghjian seemed to have scored the winner when he got the breakthrough late in the game. The lead lasted less than a minute as Killoe equalised to send the game to penalties.
Goalkeeper Adam Meehan played a captains role to take the final and decisive penalty to put St Brigid’s in the final.
The experience stood to the Newbridge Lads as goals in each half by Gary Redmond and Jack Hannon gave them the Leinster Title and their ticket to the National Finals in May
Team: Cormac Kelly, Gary Redmond, Evan O’Brien, Cian McHugh, Daniel Madaghjian, Jack Hannon, Adam Meehan, Oisin Sherlock
Leixlip’s Girls Under 13 Handball team had qualified for the final without competition but the still much too strong for Glynn/Barntown (Wexford) in the final. The Wexford girls had beaten Birr (Offaly) 105-54 in their Semi-Final but had no answer to the Leixlip Girls who conceded only 14 points to win the title for Kildare
Leixlip team: Leah Doyle, Sorcha Tiernan, Niamh Masterson and Molly Doyle
The Newbridge St Conleth’s and Dromcondrath (Meath) played out a very close U15 Indoor Soccer Semi-Final. Both teams struggled to find a way past their opponents rearguard. However, it was Droncondrath who got the decisive goal with time running out.
St Conleth’s team Niamh Hannon, Orlaith Taylor, Kellie Fisher, Molly Price, Caitlin Rowe, Ashleigh Ward, Sinead Freeman and Emma O’Brien .
Two Mile House and Milltown represented Kildare in Under 10 and U14 Draughts. Milltown and Duleek (Meath) were tied after ten Games in the Semi-Final of the U14 contest but the Meath side won 4-1 in the extra round. while Two Mile House wend down 6-4 in their Semi-Final to Clonard (Meath)
Two Mile House: Daire O’Brien, Tom Hennebry, Laura Carroll, Billy O’Sullivan, Conor O’Brien.
Milltown: Amy O’Neill, Lara Curran, Morgan Owens, Stephen Mulpeter, Cian Buckley, James McCormack, Sean Tierney.