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National Matchplay Qualifying – Southside Preview

The season is starting to get going now as the evenings stay brighter a little longer and the competitions start coming around very quickly! After a successful day of running the Leinster Matchplay the Friday and Saturday combination is used now for the big one, The All Ireland National Matchplay. Often considered the best competition of the season with plenty of shocks and top P&P action taking place all over the country to get the last 63 spots in the finals. John Walsh of Collins(Cork) is the only man safely in the draw and in Dublin we have 45 players looking for one of our allotted 9 spots. Lakeside in Tipperary is the venue for the finals and a truly magnificent course awaits all players involved. With no ladies qualifying its only the gents of Dublin going head to head over both CPM and Shandon courses.

Our first review comes from the Southside of the city and the CPM course in Clondalkin.

In our first section on Friday night it will be the local man Derek Healy taking on Paddy Noonan of Erin’s Isle. Both men will no doubt be disappointed with their performances in the Leinster qualifiers and will be looking to make the Saturday morning. Derek’s local knowledge could well be critical in this game and Paddy will have to produce a big performance to make it through. Awaiting the winner will be Loughlinstowns Hubert Kelly. Hubert is potentially one of the best players in the country on his day and was so close to the holy grail in Fermoy when 3rd in the National Strokeplay. With a tonne of experience and two runner up finishes in recent years in Dublin Championships he will be a tough opponent for either of the two men. The lucky man to get through these games will then face a daunting challenge against 2003 National Matchplay Champion Darren O’Reilly on his home course of CPM or last year’s Dublin top debut man Keith Redmond of Lucan. Both men qualified through to the Leinster Matchplay so are obviously in form and confidence will not be short in either. On recent evidence Keith would probably be favorite on any other course but CPM and Darren O’Reilly go hand in hand. Either way a titanic battle will take place and an elusive place at Lakeside will be well earned in this group of 5.

With 5 Old County men in action on the southside there was bound to be one or two match ups but no-one would expect 4 of them all in the one 5 man section but it has a good mixture of experience and one youthful presence very capable of suprising. Once again 2 will go tee to tee on Friday night and the lucky two are both from you guessed Old County. Paul Griffin and Anthony Parsons are the men and a tight affair is once again the order of the day. Griffin it would be fair to say has a little more experience on his side and will probably go off the slight fav. In the way of the winner though a truly tougher test awaits in the shape of another Old County man and one of their shining lights in Stepehen Murray. Murray would be fancied to do well especially around a course he knows so well as he usually joins as an associate member. On the other side of the draw comes the youthful presence aforementioned in the shape of Eric Byrne also of the OC. Eric has been in phenomenal form in the inter grade in recent times and he will enjoy the challenge of Lucan man Gavin Carty. Gavin is a phenomenal talent and injuries of late have curtailed his P&P career. If he is fit and raring to go he will be tough to get past but Eric will not go down without a fight. A very interesting section and the Old County men will be hoping for one of there guy’s to come through.

Group 3 consists of a lot of experienced performers. Shay Brady of Portmarnock faces off against Erin’s Isles Charlie Egan on Friday night. Once again the Friday game looks like being a very close encounter. Both fantastic players on there own local courses but both would be disappointed to an extent of their performances away from home. On Saturday morning the victor comes up against Shandon’s Dennis Monaghan. Dennis is a very adaptable performer and the tougher the conditions it would seem to favor the Shandon man. A fantastic touch around the greens could well be the deciding factor and Dennis is right up there with the best in the game in that area. Down the bottom of the group comes the Erin’s Isle favorite Paul Nolan. Paul will face a former All Ireland Champion in Davy Poole or Portmarnock. Paul will be brimming with confidence after a couple of dominant displays in Leinster qualifying. Davy will need to produce a performance from his illustrious past to take Paul out but he is more than capable of doing so.

The 4th section sees the Friday game challengers Andy Lowe of Old County playing Erin’s Isles Jim McLoughlin. The pre lims have really thrown out some very tough fixtures to call and this will be another that can go wither way. Andy has hit a little form recently around his home course and with Jim struggling to come to terms with an unfortunate injury to his hand it will be a great opportunity for Andy to progress. Gary Healy of Loughlinstown will be waiting on Saturday morning for the victor and he has a very good record around the CPM course including a Dublin Matchplay win and would be fearful of no-one around there especially after qualifying in Erin’s Isle last week. Niall Lenihan of Shandon will be buoyed by his win through to the Leinster finals last week and will relish the chance to take on JR Crangle of Loughlinstown. Jr’s record of qualifying recently has been very good and as a multiple winner of the CPM Scratch Cup he would be favored to get through. Niall though will be heartened though that Jr was knocked out at this stage a couple of years ago when fancied to beat Shaun McDonnell.

The final section on the southside qualifying consists of a group of young lads all going out to try and end the magnificent run of consecutive All Ireland Matchplay finals for Mark Millar. Glen Woodward from Erin’s Isle takes on CPM’s Garrett Walsh in another tight looking Friday Prelim. Garrett’s home advantage could well decide this game though. Mark MIllar will be waiting in the wings on Saturday morning and will be raring to go after missing the chance to play in the Leinster’s. Twice a winner at the turn of the millennium Mark has come back to the game like a duck to water and is one of the best additions to Dublin P&P history. Our final game is will be a ferocious affair between Erin’s Isle player Jason Larkin and CPM’s Gerard Fitzpatrick. Ger has home advantage and once again it could be a huge decisive factor in the game but there is no doubt that Jay will be pumped up for this.

Dublin Gents Strokeplay

The closing date for entries for the Dublin gents strokeplay is on Wednesday 6th May.The qualifying rounds are on Sunday 24th May Senior in RGSC and Inter/Junior in Old Co.

Dublin Mixed Scramble

We had our first mixed scramble in Portmarnock yesterday and with the course inits usual pristine condition,we saw some great performances.The early starters had a mild temperature and almost no breeze to contend with, the scoring was top class with the Lucan group of T Donovan,C Byrne & D Creevy setting a target which proved victorious.Our thanks to the Portmarnock club for proving excellent hosts and to all who entered the competition.
Winners T Donovan,D Creevy & C Byrne (Lucan)
R/Up M Carroll,M Dooley & D Mulroy (RGSC)
Gross C Collier,P Cromwell & W Byrne (Portmarnock)
1st 18 S Keogh,F Langan & P Keogh (Lucan)
2nd 18 E Heron,P McKeon & S Cadogan (Portmarnock)

2015 Dublin League Fixtures

Dublin Mixed Scramble

Practice available at the following times in Portmarnock.
Monday 1800 to 2030
Wednesday 1800 to 2030
Thursday 1800 to 2030

Leinster Match Play

The Qualifiers are as follows
Senior Gents,T Ryan (Port),N Lenehan (Shandon),G Healy (L/Town),S Murray (Old Co),P Nolan (E/Isle),J R Crangle (L/Town),K Redmond (Lucan),J Judge ( E/Isle) & D O Reilly (CPM).

Inter Gents,W Byrne (Port),C McGuire (Ierne),E Doyle (Old Co) A Carroll ( E/Isle).
Jun.Gents, K Potter (G/Ville) & L Birrell (Old Co).

Dublin Mixed Scramble

The time sheet is as follows first session commences at 0900 Portmarnock on Sunday 26th April.
3 C Collier,P Cromwell & W Byrne Port 6 2/3
4 M Lynch,M McLernon & A Lynch Port 8 2/3
5 P Griffin, L Whelan & A Redmond O/Co 5 2/3
6 S Power,R Ryan & J Redmond O/Co 5 2/3
7 T Byrne, M McCann & M Daniel O/Co 10
8 F Connolly,S Sheridan & P Byrne G/Ville 1 1/3
9 P Campbell, S Cahill & J Flanagan G/Ville 5 1/3
10 J Allen,E Allen & G Smith G/Ville 8 1/3
11 H Gregsbey,C O Flynn & D Dowling 10
12 S Brennan,E Stack & K Callaghan R/Common 11 1/3
14 P Coates,M Sweetman & I Lynch R/Common 10 2/3
15 J Caul,P Sheils & M White R/Common
16 P Blake,B Blake & B Blake Lucan 9
17 J Dillon,S Dillon & R Dillon Lucan 10
18 C Byrne,T Donovan & D Creevy Lucan 9 1/3

Second Session commencing at 1200
1 T O Reilly,J Milligan & M Nugent O/Co 6 2/3
2 D Coleman,E Doyle & A Sargent O/Co 9
3 E Heron,P McKeon & S Cadogan Port 5 2/3
4 W Wright,D P Walsh & D Wells Port 4
5 D Radburn,C Fox & J Williams G/Ville 9
6 K Phelan,S Darcy & M Doyle G/Ville 6
7 P Keogh,S Keogh & F Langan Lucan 12 1/3
8 S McGrath,A Doyle & A Shanahan Lucan 8 2/3
9 S Needham,T Needham & D Lee Lucan 8 1/3
10 C Leonard,E o Gorman & N Leonard Lucan 9 1/3
11 P Crinnon,S Crinnon & E Nolan Fairview/CY 8 1/3
12 W Rodgers,C McGlue & J McGlue R/Common 8 2/3
14 D Rodge, T McHale & M Murphy R/Common 9 1/3
15 A Rodgers,T Boland & F Reynolds R/Common 12 1/3
16 B Warner,H o Keefe & C Hobbs L/Town 10 2/3
PPUI dress code in operation.Please check in 15 mins prior to your tee off time.

Co Board Meeting

A Co Board meeting will take place in the Portmarnock club at 8pm on Monday 20th April.

Leinster Matchplay Qualifying – Senior Preview

The first major qualifying of the season takes place this Saturday and after a hiatus of a year it begins in the shape of the Leinster Matchplay. With the finals taking place in St.Bridgets a course known very well by a lot of our Dublin players through all grades we would be hopeful of coming home with some silverware but first we must get our qualifiers.

Seniors: Qualifying in Erins Isle
At the top of the draw we have an all Old County affair between the resurgent Andy Lowe and the battling Stephen Power. A very close game could be instore and the winner will play one of last years most improved player in the shape of Keith Redmond(Lucan). Keith knows whoever he plays he will be in for a tough game but goes there in form after claiming another prize in Ierne.

Next up we have Niall Lenihan (Shandon) against Liam O’Reilly (O/C). Niall since moving up from Cork has struggled somewhat to find his feet but he should not be underestimated. Liam will be looking to get through as the winner plays his brother Tom. Tom will start as favourite against whoever gets through but once again he will be in for a tough afternoon.

In the 3rd section we have defending champion JR Crangle(L/town) playing the evergreen Derek Healy(CPM). JR would be expected to get through and the weekends performance in Ierne will be encouraging but Derek will be hoping to cause a shock. The winner plays Mark Millar(E/I) who hope’s to play but studies may not allow him. A real pity as Mark would be one of the title favs especially after his fine start to the season in Ierne winning their Scratch Cup.

Darren O’Reilly(CPM) and Thomas Walsh(E/I) do battle in our next section and this once again could be a tight game. Darren has struggled somewhat for consistency and injuries have not helped but matchplay suits Darren as a former All Ireland and Dublin M/P Champion. If he does rediscover his form of old he will give Tom a lot to think about. Lying in wait is Ger Fitzpatrick(CPM) who will fancy his chance against either of them especially around a course he has done well in the past.

Up next is a fascinating encounter between the charismatic Gary Healy(L/Town) and the reliable Jim McLoughlin (E/I). This will be closely fought and after last year’s consistent displays Gary will really fancy taking out the home player. Jim should not be underestimated though as he is a worthy competitor. The winner faces off with Tom Mason(L/Town), Tom would dearly love to qualify and once again should not be underestimated as he is a former Leinster Strokeplay Champion.

An Erins Isle battle takes place in the next group as Charlie Egan and Paul Nolan go to war. Paul has struggled for consistency in the past season but he will need to be at his best to get past Charlie. An Inter last year Charlie finally took the Dublin title his play deserved and he will fancy causing an upset. Eoin Mithen(L/Town) will be awaiting the winner. Eoin is a formidable opponent on his day and will come out fighting whoever gets through.

Another Old County duo take on each other in the shape of Stephen Murray and George McGreal. Two of the best player in the country when on form. Injury curtailed Stephen’s season last year but he finished it off in style with a win in RGSC Scratch Cup. George on the other hand had some very promising performances ending with a Dublin Inter County spot. A serious game in prospect here. Paddy ‘Chipper’ Noonan will awaiting the victor and he will enjoy the challenge. Paddy has high hopes of making strides this year in Dublin. This could be the platform for his season to take off.

Aaron O’Droighneain(Glenville) and Jim Judge(E/I) are on the course next. Aaron made his way through the Inter grade last year with some fine performances along with qualifying for the National Matchplay. In Jim he faces a stern test and a player capable of top displays on his day. Anto Mahoney(Glenville) is the challenger for the victor. A quiet but efficient player Anto will relish the opportunity and may well be the one to beat in this section.

In our last section it is the battle of Lucan’s Dublin legends. David Hayden and Anthony ‘Skinner’ Malone have won all the major titles there are in the game between them. Hayden is the current Dublin Matchplay champion and if finding the greens around the tight Erins Isle course his superb putting ability could come into play. Skinner though has the game to ‘Tattoo’ any course around and will also fancy taking down his clubmate. Either way a fantastic match awaits. The winner will then play the winner of Tom Ryan(Portmarnock) and Christie Broe(O/C). Tom will really fancy taking out the legendary Broe. Tom has performed admirably around Farnham Crescent in recent times and if he gets through this match he will not shirk the challenge against one of the Lucan heavyweights.

If anyone would like to write a preview of the Inter or Junior Gents qualifiers, we would love to hear from you. Best of luck to all competitors this weekend and don’t forget that the PPUI dress code will be strictly enforced.


The Longmeadows club are having a 4 day promotion starting on Tuesday 7th April from 1030 until 1830 each day.Pitch and Putt is free and also special offers for people wishing to join.