John West Féile Rounders delight on the double for The Heath
It was double delight for The Heath Rounders teams of Laois as they turned in two stunning displays to claim the U-15 Girls and Boys John West Feile Na Gael titles last Sunday.
Both teams were in incredible form and ran out deserving winners remaining unbeaten throughout the day.
The Heath boys’ team kicked of their morning with a tough task against locals Adamstown of Wexford. The Heath got off to a slow start but made up for it in the 2nd innings where they took control of the match and ran out winners 8-3.
Next up was the challenge of Fenagh from Carlow. The Carlow side started well and only conceded 5 scores in the first inning, The Heath then clicked into gear with great batting from Tom Major and Harry Browne.
The Heath saw out the game to get their second win of the day and made it three on the bounce with a win over Wexford side St. Martins.
The final was a repeat of The Heath v St Martins and produced a great standard of rounders.
It went down to the very last innings with The Heath leading by two, with the Wexford side needing two to draw or one to force The Heath to bat, but The Heath pitcher Dinny Whelan showed nerves of steel and guided his side to victory and a score line of 21-19 in a memorable final.
While all this was going on The Heath girls also put in championship winning performances with Emma Sheeran, Hannah McNamee and captain Alanna Rigney leading the way.
The Heath’s first game was against Na Fianna of Dublin with the Laois side getting off to a winning start with an impressive victory 15-4.
Next up for The Heath girls was a clash against Athenry of Galway which always throws up an interesting contest.
The Heath were now in full flow with Emma Sheeran leading The Heath to their second victory.
Next up was a win over Fenagh of Carlow to secure their place in the final against earlier opponents Na Fianna.
The Laois side were in ruthless form in the final with captain Alanna Rigney sealing a 22-10 win with a great catch.