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This could be a very tight section with not much separating the top few teams. The new pairing of captain and 3 stab is very much an unknown quantity and I fear they may have to settle for a play off berth,
Favourtites for this section must be Carroll and “chips” Roussille (of chicken and chips fame – not that you would get that in the tra-ban) and despite a shortage of shots I expect them to top the section closely followed by Maxwell/Muir and the Bashir/Brennan partnership.
The play off spots will be filled by Rushe/Parke , McGuirk and Hartey and I fear that Finan/OGara might just succumb to the ever improving duo of Corcoran/Higgins.
This really is difficult to call but I expect the pigeons Leonard and Kerins to use their experience to get top spot in the section followed by Paddy Martin and Gerry McMorrow.
The last playoff place is very open with incoming captain and Tony Henry vying for the last automatic with Gannon/Cunningham and I fear Joe and Tony may require the playoff for qualification , a route which I expect the Ballymote contingent of Mullaney and Flynn and the blend of youth and experience of Fox and Howley to take also.
I expect the Rooneys to resume their fine winter league record by topping the section to be followed by the Basquilles . However the last place is anyones guess and with a lack of confidence I expect Dykes and McCaffrey to squeeze out the ever improving Eddie Watters and Johnny Kivlehan pairing. The last playoff places will be tight between FC Monaghan/Mc Manus , Monaghan/Kenehan and Garrett/Gillen and I think the guile of McManus may be enough and Kenehan may talk his way into the last place.
I have a feeling that the others may be playing for second place behind 2008 winners ,Carr and “the wizard” Mannion, with the Noones (providing they behave themselves on Saturday nights ) and Jim Coyne and Seamie Howley in a vain pursuit.
The evergreen Martin Dolan and son in law Simon-Joe along with Lee and Derrig and McLynn and Currid would be my favourites to fill the playoff berths.
This section(also known as the beginners section) will be well represented no matter who qualifies but I am going for “three hips” Watters and Lord Lufferton to edge the section ahead of the two father and son pairings of the Kilbrides and the Conlons. Timbs, fresh from building his new trophy cabinet, and Moriarty despite their lack of shots should garner enough points to qualify for the playoffs . I also fancy McManus and Foran to squeeze in here with Walsh and Westlife to nab the last playoff spot ahead of the McDaniels and Doyle/Osborne. This is provided that shanes helicopter is not grounded too much due to weather conditions.You gotta feel sorry for the Gaynors to be lumped into this section and any points they put on the board will be hard earned.
The O Hara brothers are reunited and should top this section but the fight for second to sixth will go down to the wire with Skeff /mc Hugh and the Coxs to edge out the low handicaps of Ruane/English and the high handicaps of Leggett and Durkin . This is a very tight section and the pairing of Tivy/Fox may take the final spot but the Gerritys will surely have something to say about these predictions
This could be the tightest section of all with all 8 pairings in with a realistic chance of qualifying but the fact that Keane and Kivlehan have been around the block before may see them claim top spot at the expense of Tucker/Skins and Scanlon and Conlon who may be surprise packets from the south east of the county. Skins has promised much before to be scuppered by late Saturday nights but his new settled status may lead to better results.
I fancy Munro/Roughnan, the Borthwicks and the Glynns to fill the last 3 playoff places.
First place in the section will be a tightly fought affair between the new pairing of Gray and Keaney and Stewie/Halloran which I think will be edged by the formers battling qualities. The last automatic place may be filled by the surprise packets of Paul Clarke and David Tighe.
Alan Lillis junior fresh from his football exploits joins the treasurer and should have enough to qualify for the playoff with Nicholson/O’Rourke and the ballisodare quizman and son who will be hoping for better luck on the links after his recent disappointing radio performance.
This is again a very competitive group and I fear Wehrly and Ciaran Foxs lack of shots may well be their downfall in the quest for leading qualifiers , a place which the Kavs may occupy in about their 50th consecutive winter league together.
I fancy McCabe/Owens to squeeze the final automatic position just ahead of the Glynn/White , Doherty/Higgins and McGrath/Farrell pairings but I would not be surprised if any of the last three teams were to force their way into the top six.
Last but certainly not least is the best way of describing Section J . Cox and Heffernan will probably top the section and I feel this winter may be the start of good times for Rory Fox and he may be good enough to drag his father through to an automatic qualifying spot closely tailed by Culkin and Conlon.
The play off places should be filled by the Tonaphubble dynamos of EJ and Patsy and McNally and Martyn and the final place in the playoffs in February 2011 may just go to Leitz and Fox.
Best of luck to all competitors especially those hoping to prove me wrong and feel free to contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
30th Oct 2010 – Club Comp ;
1st Patrick Dwyer 41 PTS
2nd Frank Carroll 40 PTS
3rd Cyril O Hara 40 PTS
4th Jackie Coyle 38 PTS
5th Chris Kilcullen 38 PTS
31st Oct 2010 – Club Comp ;
1st Jim Coyne 41 PTS
2nd Ronnie Doyle 40 PTS
3rd Declan Basquille 40 PTS
4th Pat Corcoran 39 PTS
5th Bernard Tully 39 PTS