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December 12th 2001

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Donegal Single Stage Rally

Stuart Darcy and Trevor Bustard had a good clean run and finished 20th overall and third in class in Donegal Single Stage Rally last weekend. Trevor said “We would have liked to have gone quicker but the Glen Village stage was a tough one with wet, dry and loose conditions, making the right tyre choice critical.” McHugh brothers from Frosses, Joe and Dermot had a good run and finished 5th overall and won their class. It was only Joe and Dermots second rally in their newly aquired Escort Cosworth,- so a day of getting to know the car and testing turned out well.


Abbey Vocational School senior girls basketball team reached the All Ireland playoffs following an exciting North-West regional final at Sligo Sports complex last Thursday. In defeating Marion College Mohill 42-27 they look forward to the new year and the prestigious All Ireland stage.

Leading after the first quarter 10-8 the game came to life before half time when the locals raced into a 13pts. lead 26-13. During the second quarter their workrate, support play and teamwork was excellent with Marie Louise Neary (6pts) Kelly Lacey(4pts.) Laura Quinn (4pts) and Siobhain Mc Glynn (2pts) being the thorns in the side of the Mohill team. In defence Quinn and Mc Glynn, under the boards and the athleticism and anticipation of Lacey kept the Mohill score down to 3pts.

As the 2nd half - 3rd quarter - progressed the game as a spectacle was less exciting. Abbey controlled many areas of defence but failed to use their superiority to kill off the game. The difference entering the final quarter was still 13pts. As the clock ticked down during the final period, baskets were exchanged and Abbey ran out deserving winners 42pts. to 27pts.

On their way to the regional final Abbey defeated Ballymote and won the county title when they defeated Thornhill College, Derry. In the county league they played Bundoran, Killybegs, Carrick and Glenties. This team are also through to the Bank of Ireland schools cup quarter final and play Malahide in Dublin on the 17th December. We wish them well in this venture. Nine players in all got onto the score sheet on Thursday last. Well done Abbey Vocational and coach Deirdre Mc Grath. Panel - Kelly Lacey 12 pts; Laura Quinn 10 pts., Marie Louise Neary 8 pts; Michelle Sweeney 3pts; Siobhan McGlynn 2pts; Aoife Dunleavy 2 pts; Sabrina McLaughlan 2pts, Anne Callaghan 2 pts, Orla Dunleavy 2 pts, Emma O’Doherty, Emma Brady.

Hurling Foundation Course

Members of Four Masters U-15 Hurling team who performed various skill drills as part of the Hurling Foundation Coaching Course held recently in Tirconaill Park.
Front: Barry Farragher, John O’Sullivan, Declan Brown.
Back: Ciaran Cleary, James McAnaw, Mark Patton, Darren Pearson, Shane Patton.

Local Rally Team Win Billy Coleman Award

Stuart & Trevor with Billy Coleman

There were three short-listed for the Billy Colman Award but there could only be one winner. Three of Ireland brightest young rally driving hopes were shortlisted after an interview at Motorsport Ireland offices, Dublin, on the 13th of November for this year’s Billy Colman award, which goes to the young rally driver of the year and carries a support package worth £25,000.

The three drivers shortlisted for the award on 13th November were: Stuart Darcy, Adrian McElvaney, Co. Monaghan and John Carroll, Co. Kilkenny. The three were selected from a group of 16 drivers nominated for this years award.

The winner was announced on Friday the 30th of November at the Alfa Romeo sponsored Awards Lunch. For excellence in Irish Motor Sport, Stuart Darcy is this years winner of the Billy Coleman award worth £25,000.

Shortlisted for the inaugural Billy Coleman Award in 2000 twenty five year old Stuart from Killybegs, Co. Donegal went one better this year to take the top award.

Stuart began his rallying career in 1997 when he contested the Donegal Harvest Rally. His career began in earnest the following year when he contested the National Championship in which he took second place, a position he also filled in the Border Championship. He then went to work in the US with the intention of financing the 2000 season. The 2000 season was definitely his year.

Next Year Stuart and Trevor intend competing in the super 206 cup championship where they will be contesting most of their events in the U.K and hope to fix in some rounds of the Dunlop National Championship and International championship perhaps in a hired car.

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