Three Out of Three for Wexford in All-Ireland Softball Finals
All three Wexford players who competed in All-Ireland softball finals last weekend brought home All-Ireland titles on what was no doubt a very successful weekend for the county.
Coolgreany’s Cliódhna O’Connell made the long trip to St Comans, Roscommon on Saturday Morning to take on, Roscommon’s Siobhán Treacy in the Ladies Junior B decider. Tracey had the advantage of playing in here home alley and that was perhaps the difference between the two in the opening game as O’Connell went down 18-21.
O’Connell always looked in command of the second game and put in a far more reassured performance than she had in the opener to win easily 21-7. The Coolgreany women appeared to have the tiebreaker wrapped-up and was serving for the match at 10-0 within four minutes of the game getting underway. However, Treacy to her credit, got back in to serve four points, before O’Connell was back in for another attempt at match-ball and this time she was not to be denied, winning 11-4.
Gavin Buggy renewed his rivalry with Mayo’s Joe McCann in the Over 35 final in Ballina, Tipperary on Sunday. The St Mary’s man, who had suffered defeat to McCann in the Four-Wall Championship decider earlier in the year, showed his class in the big-alley with a strong performance. Having reached the semi-final stage of the senior championship last month Buggy would have gone in as a warm favourite and he got off to the perfect start accounting for the Mayo man 21-12 in the opening game.
The second game was much the same as the first and in truth the result never looked in doubt as Buggy cruised to a 21-13 victory. Having been unlucky to lose out in the opening game of his senior semi-final, this victory may somewhat compensate the St Mary’s man for that defeat.
Joe Devereux, Castlebridge completed the weekend’s action in style when he defeated Tipperary’s Rory Grace to land the Under 21 title. Devereux produced a dominant performance to land the first game 21-11. Though the second game forced the Castlebridge youngster, who many regard as once of Wexford’s up and coming stars, to fight right to the end against a determined Grace. Despite the best efforts of the Tipperary man, Devereux held on to win the second game 21-18.
The Castlebridge has enjoyed quite the rise through the ranks since the beginning of the softball season, having started the season as a Junior B player Devereux will finish it three grades higher as an Intermediate player and in doing so, he rounded of a great weekend, with all three Wexford players in All-Ireland finals coming home with their respective titles.