Westmeath clubs were well represented at the Phonewatch Comórtas Peile Páidí Ó Sé 2015 international club football tournament and festival which took place across the Dingle Peninsula last weekend. Over 1,000 men's and ladies players from 34 teams representing 12 counties as well as teams from Madrid, Brussels and London competed in the tournament.
Ballinagore and Ballymore competed in the knockout intermediate men's competition against six other teams including Kerry’s Annascaul, Lispole, Ballydonoghue and St Pats of Blennerville, Cork’s Éire Óg and Cavan’s Laragh United. Ballinagore went out to Annascaul of West Kerry 0-10 to 0-5. Ballymore battled another Kerry side with St Pat’s of Blennerville, the eventual winners of the competition, but lost out after two second half goals by the home side which killed the contest. The game finished on a score line of 2-9 to 0-8.
Garrycastle Ladies competed in a four team senior cup. They got the tough draw as they faced fancied side Rathmore from East Kerry in the straight semi-final. Despite Garrycastle keeping in touch for much of the game thanks to two goals, it was the superior firing power on the Rathmore side that was reflected in the points return on the day with the game finishing up 2-14 to 2-4. This was the closest any team got to Rathmore on the day as they ran out eventual winners over Corca Dhuibhne of West Kerry by 4-11 to 0-4.
The tournament held men’s and ladies senior, intermediate and junior competitions over the weekend and also included a player’s banquet for 1,000 guests on the Saturday night, hosted by the O’Se family.
Pádraig Óg Ó Sé said: "The Comortas was a great success again this year. It was fantastic to see travelling teams come away with some silverware but more importantly great memories of West Kerry. I want to give a special thanks to all the local clubs who gave up their pitches for the weekend. It's a big undertaking every year and we simply couldn't have done this without PhoneWatch and also Lee Strand, Kerry County Council Tourism Unit and Opel Ireland. There is a serious feel-good factor around this event and locals all commented on the pleasant nature of our guests which was nice to hear. Roll on 2016."
The Defence Forces defeated Castlewellan of Down in the senior men’s cup. Kerry's Rathmore defeated Corca Dhuibhne of West Kerry in the senior ladies final while Mayo’s Burrishoole won the intermediate ladies competition. Garryowen of Cricklewood, London beat London rivals Tara in the junior men’s final.