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April 9th 2003

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2nd UK Rugby Title for Donegal Town man

As the final whistle echoed out across Birmingham University’s sports fields on Sunday March 9th. declaring University of Wales College of Medicine to be champions, having defeated Birmingham University 27-17 in the final of the UK Colleges of Medicine Rugby Championship, a broad grin broke out on the face of the Welsh 1st. XV Hooker, Donegal Town man Lyndon Meehan, for he knew that he had clinched his second British Universities Championship title in three years. Meehan was on the Cardiff UWIC XV in 2000 which defeated renowned sports university Loughborough in the final of the BUSA championships, played in London. He has come up through the ranks, playing schools rugby with Portora Enniskillen and the 1st XV Coleraine Academical Institution Ulster Schools 1997 team. The University of Wales College of Medicine 1st. XV currently has two players on the Welsh U21 team. This university played away to Nantes University last weekend - defeating the French 25-9. Pictured is Lyndon Meehan with his mother Leah.


"The Donegal Destroyer"

Charles Murphy (21) is a young man from Donegal Town - son of Francie and Nora. A snooker and pool ace - nicknamed ‘The Donegal Destroyer’, he is playing in the first 9-ball tournament held in Ireland. Charlie has the opportunity to qualify for the world 9-ball championships which take place in the Cardiff International Arena in Wales on July 12th-20th. Charlie will be playing with the calibre of world champion, Chris Melling, the 2002 Embassy world ball pool and Erickshot Champion. We in Donegal would like to wish this young man the very best of luck and hope he can take back some memorable trophies.


St. John Bosco Athletics Club

The All-Ireland Indoor championships held at Neagh over the last two weekends was both eventful and successful for young members of the St. John Bosco Club. All had qualified at Ulster Championships at the Antrim Forum.
Performances: The following performances were recorded - Dawn Hughes girls U15 shot putt 4th -9.98m; Christina McBarron girls U15 H. Jump - 4th-1.50m; Christopher Britton Boys U.14 - 60m Hurdles - 4th in final; Ryan O’Donnell Boys U16 - 60m Hurdle -6th in final; Julie Anne Murphy, Girls U15 60M Hurdles - 7th in final; Aoife O’Connor girls U12 - 60m - 3rd in heat.
Relays - Girls U12 won their heat and qualified for final - 4 teams in finals. In the finals St. John Bosco were leading entering the home straight when the mishap of dropping a baton occured - an excellent performance and will get a second chance come the outdoor relays in the summer - Team: Aoife O’Connor, Kitty O’Kennedy, Jennifer McIntyre and Louise Harvey.
It was also a hard luck story for the boys under 14 - 4 x 200m relay team. They qualified for the four team final when it was announced that a lane infringment was given against one of the quartet. Official appeals did not change the ruling. Team Paul McIntyre, Ronan Harvey, Stuart Johnstown and Christopher Britton.
Upcoming events: •A Number of club atheletes (13) will travel to Milford on Wednesday for county community games cross-country trials. •Good Luck to Dawn Hughes and Catriona McGinley, both 1st year at the Abbey Vocational School who travel next weekend to the British sports hall finals in Birmingham as part of the Donegal squad. •Training continues at the AVS gym on Thursday evenings for primary school age groups from 5.45-7pm and for post primary/seniors from 7-8.30pm.; also on Monday from 4-5.15pm for old age groups. •The success of the South Donegal Primary schools sports last year has prompted club officials to repeat the fixture this year - details will be published in the next issue.


Four Masters Announce New Sponsor

Captain of Senior team Barry Monaghan being presented with new set of gear by Michael Breslin. From left: Chairman Paul Duncan; PRO Sean Dunnion; Senior team manager Michael Kelly; Gareth Britton, All Sports

Four Masters G.A.A. Club recently announced a new sponsorship agreement with Dom Breslin’s Bar and Restaurant, also known as Pier 1. The agreement covers the adult teams in the club namely, Senior, Senior Reserve, Junior B and Under 21, for an initial two-year period with an option to extend for a further two years. The club would like to thank Dom and Michael Breslin for their generous sponsorship and would hope that it will be successful for both parties. Dom’s Pier 1 replica jerseys are now on sale in all sizes from Paul Duncan or Gareth Britton, All Sports.


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