Congratulations to Denis Crowley and Castle Golf Club on winning September 2022 Sports Star and Sports Team winners.

September Sports Star of the Month: Denis Crowley

DENIS Crowley from Lucan dominated at  the World Masters Rowing Regatta in Bordeaux, capturing no less than nine gold medals in September. The Commercials clubman made it a hat-trick in both singles and fours competition, while twice topping the podium with the Eights crew and once in double sculls. Crowley competed in three singles events in the D (50 years & over), E (55 & over) and F (60 & over) divisions, winning every one. Of the 160 scullers in the F grade, Crowley’s time of 3.54 was the fastest. For the Fours competition, Crowley linked up with fellow Dubliners, Gerry Murphy from Chapelizod, Pat Fowler from Templeogue and Brendan Smyth to contest the C, D and E class, again topping the podium on every count. It was the D Four race that proved their most competitive as they pipped a tough Parisian outfit, comprising of Pascal Gueret, Sébastien Coguic, Remy and Christophe Majorek, by a mere .2 of a second. Crowley also combined with McCallion to chalk up yet another victory in the Double Sculls in what was a stunning return for the Lucan man.

Denis Crowley receives the Sports Star of the Month Award from Emma Kennedy, MD, The Echo. With them are Brenda Mockler, Deputy Editor, The Echo and Thos McDermott, co-ordinator of South Dublin County Sports Partnership.

September Team of the Month: Castle Golf Club

IT WAS a month to remember for Castle Golf Club who completed their march to the AIG Men’s Junior Cup following a 4-1 victory over Cork in the decider at Knightsbrook in County Meath. Having seen off the challenge of semi-final opponents, Castletroy in equally convincing fashion, Castle kept the same line-up for the title match. And they made a bright start when Jake Kinsella clinched the opening point for the Rathfarnham club on the 17th in his match against Leon Foley. While Castle’s Fergal Moran halved with Frankie Walsh, it was a similar outcome for David Hickey of Cork and Rory O’Brien. Yet Castle’s David Lawley did not leave anything in doubt, and raced into a convincing advantage by the turn before moving six up with as many to play and later securing the win on the 14th. Mother Nature did have a hand to play in the decisive point in the form of a mischievous fox who pinched Thomas Healy’s ball on the 16th and disappeared into the bushes. After officials had determined where the Cork man’s ball should be replaced, Healy missed his attempt to putt while Ross Kinsella sank his effort to spark Castle celebrations.

Castle Golf Club Team Manager Ross Cregan and Stephen Finlan receive the Team of the Month Award for September from Emma Kennedy, MD, The Echo. With them is Thos McDermott, co-ordinator, South Dublin County Sports Partnership and William O’Connor, News Editor, The Echo.