The anticipation of the final results for this year’s Winter League was palpable! The ladies gathered in the clubhouse for a Christmas party night last Wednesday in a gloriously decorated clubhouse. Thank you to the ladies who put up the tree, trimmed the chandeliers and even gave the stag a festive garland. There was much supposition as to which team had managed to claim the major prize of the fabulous hampers ably put together by Brid Finlay. Finally the results were announced and the winning team with a fabulous score of 427 was Team 3 with final week results coming from Geraldine Igoe 18, Marion Foy 17 and an unusually mediocre 15 from Elaine Hamilton. Team Captain Elaine was delighted to lead her team to victory and commiserated with Team 5 who were literally pipped at the post. Well done to all of Team 3 whose other players were Susan Deery, Breda Fortune, Catherine Farrell and Helen Connolly all very happy with their hampers of goodies! Just in 2nd place with 426 yes just shy by 1 measly point! were Team 5 with final week scores coming from Mary Trant 16, a whopping 20 points from Ann Keating and 15 points from Noirin McKenna. Other team members were Mary O’Reilly, Teresa Fitzpatrick, Celestsa McKiernan and Kathleen Gibbons. Team Captain Mary thanked her team for all their efforts especially Teresa who played 23 times in the 8 weeks! They had the pick of the table and chose from wine, port, chocolates and lots of other fabulous goodies. Team 2 came third with a fine score of 410 with final week scores coming from Team Captain Joy Cassidy 18, Roisin Kerr 17 and Teresa Hanawin also 17. Other team members were Doli Maguire, Maureen Lynch and Lady Captain Veronica McGorman, who incidentally brought in the biggest score of the competition with 23 points in week 6! Team 6 finished 4th with 402 and final scores came from Geraldine Fitzpatrick 17, Noeleen McCague 15 and Mary O’Toole 13. Other team members were Team Captain Irene Rooney, Bridie Keenan, Nuala Browne and Alice O’Reilly. In 5th place were Team 4 with 382 and Team Captain Lynn Whelan said she thought her team looked great on paper and she was confident of winning at the start of the competition! Final week scores came from Lynn 17, Vera Tighe 16 and Kathleen Leonard also 16. Other Team members were Jacinta Gallagher, Eileen Kerr, Irene McConkey and lucky charm Josie Curran (didn’t work this time Josie!). In last place was team 1 with 353 and Team Captain and league organiser Ann McCarthy quipped that even she couldn’t fix the teams! Final week scores came from Anne herself 17, Una O’Reilly 9 and 17 from Brid Finlay. Other Team members were Loretto Traynor, Martha O’Grady, Mary McGuigan and Rosita McCabe. The ladies would like to thank Anne for once again organising a brilliant league that kept us golfing in conditions that would ordinarily see us scuttling for cover and the fireside! Ladies only a few weeks off then the Spring League will be underway! Can’t wait!! The Winter League raised over €1,500 and €100 for the Breast Cancer Charity from your kind donations. Thank-you ladies. Finally a huge thank you to all the ladies that provided supper and to Michael Connolly for running the bar for us, much appreciated.