The semi-finals and finals of the 2013 Cumann na mBunscol Rounders Competitions took place at the Heath GAA Grounds recently.
The top four teams from the three qualifying days gathered on The Heath, as the game continues to grow in popularity around the county. Finals were held for Mixed teams, Boys teams and Girls teams.
In the mixed competition the results were as follows:
Semi-Finals - Heath 14 Emo 5; Clonaslee 5 Stradbally 26; Third place - Emo 9, Clonaslee 8; Final - The Heath 9 Stradbally 8
The Heath: Dumni James, Sarah Deegan, Emily Jacob, Conor Fitzpatrick, Brian Redmond, Sam Bolton, Gerry Aghedo, Anna Hennessy, Laura Booth.
Emo: Alex Andrews, Niamh Crowley, John Keogh, Kitty Deasy, Victoria Moore, Rebecca Balfe, Seth Burns-Mooney, Jason Woods, Adam Quigley, Emmet Conroy, Eddie Allen, Rossa O’Dufaigh.
Clonaslee: Ethan Cusack, Jessica Baker, Sophie Lawlor, Oisin Marrum, Christian Conroy, Annie Digan, Amy Ryan, Luke Kelly Cusack, Dillon Dunne, Jake Smith.
Stradbally: Tristan Kelly, Eamon Delaney, Darragh Carolan, Conor Donlon, Canice Whearty, Nathan Harrison, William Oxley, Chloe Bergin, Amy Smith, Alannah Foley, Jenny O’Connor-Murphy, Caitlin Clancy
In the girls competition Sacred Heart, Portlaoise were installed as favourites after very good displays on qualifying day. Emo claimed their second Bronze medal of the day when an 8–0 score from the first innings kept the Emo girls ahead to the end of the game. The powerful Sacred Heart girls lived up to the favourites tag and duly took home the gold medal against a gallant Killeen girl’s team who fought hard all the way.
The results were as follows:
Semi Finals - Emo 9 Sacred Heart 31; Clonaslee 2, Killeen 11; Third Place - Emo 19, Clonaslee 14; Finals - Sacred Heart 10, Killeen 6
Emo: Laura Whelan, Serena Hyland, Shauna White, Emma Lynch, Ciara Langford, Kate Treacy, Grainne O’ Reilly, Katie Kerins, Emily Gleeson, Ciara O’Shea, Sasha Barry Connoll, Nadine Dempsey.
Sacred Heart: Rebecca Finlay, Kalindi Owens, Katie Walsh (Capt), Ciara Ennis, Molly Rose Millst, Sinead Ryan, Yasmin Behan, Amy Byrne, Claire Corbett, Sinead Finnegan.
Clonaslee: Nell Hyland, Grace Conroy, Atlanta Cawley, Mary Flynn, Amy Ryan, Evelyn Horan, Jennifer Sheeran, Aine Roberts, Naimh Horan, Caoimhe McLoughlin.
Killeen: Christiana, Alana, Cloadagh, Aine, Aoife, Megan, Sara, Amy, Jessica, Josephine, Siobhan, Emily.
In the boys competition the favourites The Heath got a lucky escape from a young Emo team in the semi final who seem destined for big success in the future.
In the second semi-final Scoil Phadraig from Mountmellick got off to a flier and lead 9-3 at the end of the first innings. In the second innings Scoil Bhride came roaring back to lead at the end of the second inning 18 -10. This second innings of Scoil Bhride took the heart out of Scoil Phadraig and Scoil Bhride went on to win the semi-final.
In the bronze medal game, the Emo boys good performance against The Heath did them in good stead against Mountmellick. Scoil Phadraig lead 1–0 at the end of the first. The Emo boys scored six runs in the second innings to build up a winning lead and they eventually won 6-1 to claim the Bronze. Emo NS were the only school with three teams on finals day. They look to be setting down a marker for the future.
In the final, The Heath boys lived up to the favourite billing by getting the better of a Scoil Bhride team that never gave up. The Heath boys kept the scoreboard ticking scoring 5, 8 and 9 in their three innings while an outstanding display of bowling by Jay Buggy kept Scoil Bhride from scoring.
Results were as follows:
Semi-Finals - Emo 6, The Heath 8; Scoil Bhride 18, Mountmellick 13; Third Place - Emo 6, Mountmellick 1; Boys Final - The Heath 22, Scoil Bhride 1
Emo: Oisin Carroll, Sean Kitchen, David Cribbin, Conor Strong, Patrick Hosey, Ross Meredith, Tommy Keegan, Ronan Langford, Diarmuid Owens, Tom Fennelly, James Blake.
The Heat: Jay Buggy, Timmy Olatunbosun, Oisin Rosney, Oisin Sherlock, Tom Reddy, Connor Booth, Alex Davis, Rohan Tariq, Noel Bergin.
Scoil Bhride: Denis Perepehyuk, Jack Farrell, Jack Stone, Nebojsa Kakie, Daniel Whelan, Norbert Jez, Igor Witek, Shane O’Connor, Syndey Pindi, Michael O’Connell, Aaron Dent.
Mountmellick: Jack Tobin, Rian Coss, Mustafe Shitla, Glenn Comerford, Mathew McGinley, Danny Graham, Joshua Mushitu, Wojciech Suchodolski, Ben Conroy, Curtin Lee.
A special word of thanks to Emo and especially The Heath GAA for the use of their grounds to host the games. We also like to sincerely thank all the referees for their time and our senior All-Stars Seamus Mulhare, Paul Dooley and Tom Moore from The Heath who presented the medals on the day.