Athenry and Nenagh take the plaudits at AIG Cups & Shields

Bernie McGuire

At the AIG Cups & Shields which are taking place in Thurles Golf Club this week it was a big day for Athenry as they defeated a much fancied Dundalk side to capture the AIG Barton Shield while Nenagh won out against Athlone in the AIG Pierse Purcell Shield.

Athenry won by three holes with Louis O’Hara & Joe Bernie Jnr beating Aaron Grant & Conor Curran by 4 holes while in the second match Darren Leufer & Allan Hill lost to Caolan Rafferty & Eoin Murphy by 1 hole.

Meanwhile, in the Pierse Purcell Shield, Athlone’s Ciaran O’Connor & Tadg Mannion halved with Denis Corrigan & Martin Fogarty and Michael Ryan & Denis Earley lost to Gerard Clifford & Tom Quinlisk 3&2 to leave Athlone needing to pick up some quick points. However it didn’t get any better for them as Liam Browne & Denis Hellen could only half with Pat Ryan & Mark O’Dwyer,  Aidan O’Driscoll & John Galvin lost to David Hickey & Martin Reddan 8&6 and Paul Burke & Declan Corcoran lost to James Reddan & Pat J Hogan 5&3, leaving Nenagh with a 4-1 victory.


The AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield was at the semi-final stage today with Kinsale and Hermitage being the big winners as they overcame Lisburn 3.5 to 1.5 and Tuam 3 to 3 respectively.

Tomorrow’s matches see the semi-finals of the Senior and Junior Cups as well as the Jimmy Bruen Final and the details are as follows;

AIG Senior Cup Semi Finals
0830 – Dungarvan v Royal Portrush
Alan Thomas v Paul Cutler; Kevin Stack v Andrew Morris; Gavin Smyth v Matthew McAlpin; John Reynolds v Richard McCrudden; Daniel Raher v Mark McMurray
0920 – Portmarnock v Galway
Conor Purcell v Liam Power; Geoff Lenehan v Liam Nolan; James Fox v Ronan Mullarney; Stephen Walsh v Joe Lyons; Darragh Coughlan v Luke O’Neill

AIG Junior Cup Semi Finals
1015 – Clonmel v Fortwilliam
Billy Hewitt v Martin Colohan; Brian McClean v Conor Bradley; Darragh Lynch v Declan Hughes; Jack Alton v Gary Currie; Dennis Conway v Eamonn O’Kane
1105 – Portumna v Elm Park
Sam Murphy v Mark P Dunne; Gerard Lynch v Paul O’Hanlon; Damien Burke v Paul Roddy;  Michael Flanagan v Cian Poland; Eamonn Dervan v Timothy Maher

AIG Jimmy Bruen Shield Final
1200 – Kinsale v Hermitage
Robert Walsh Jnr & Keith Webb v Sean Pardy & Hugh Chambers; Eugene O’Callaghan & John Whyte v Niall Callanan & Shaun Blackburn; Brian O’Neill & Barry Dwyer v Sean Casey & Garry Beagan; Paul Shanahan & Rhys Reynolds v Richard Gladney & Louis Hemeryck; Aidan Cremin & Ruairi Dwyer v Evan Lester & Fergus O’Herlihy

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