Goff and Keeling lose grip on crown

Published 15/08/2012 | 09:33

BARRY GOFF and Colin Keeling relinquished their grip on the Senior open doubles crown as they lost out on Saturday evening in a terrific game in Thurles.

Keeling and Goff had to get over an all-Wexford quarter-final on Wednesday night last first and they were given a very stern test by Paul Lambert and Gavin Buggy in St. Mary's.

Lambert and Buggy got out of the blocks quickest and they took a tough opening set 21-17.

The tide soon turned however as the champions of 2011, Goff and Keeling, rose to the occasion and secured a semi-final spot by winning the second two sets 21-14, 21-7.

So it was on to Thurles on Saturday evening where former champions Tom Sheridan and Brian Carroll lay in wait , and the men from Meath began better and captured the opening set 21-18.

The champions responded in the second set with a 21-10 win, but the third set proved a step too far and the title was taken from the grasp of the Wexford duo as Carroll and Sheridan won 21-13.

Chloe Cash and Courtney Browne are on their way to an All-Ireland final however as the St. Joseph's/Coolgreany combination marched through to the final of the girls' Under-15 doubles with a fantastic display to beat Cork duo Michelle and Niamh McCarthy 15-9, 15-6.

Leinster team results - Under-12/13 final: Kilkenny beat Wexford 84-57 (Todd Hynes, Colin Parnell, Martin Power, Patrick Boland, Anthony Butler, Adam Hanrahan); Under-14/15 final: Kilkenny beat Wexford 80-65 (Liam Rossiter, Ken Riordan, Kevin Shannon, Keith Armstrong, Stevie Lawlor, Ciarán Busher); Under-16/17 final: Wexford beat Kilkenny 60-16 (Liam Shannon, Bryan Kehoe, Jack Roche, Aaron Wright-Power).

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