Armagh GAA #WinToStayIn Skills Challenge

12 more contestants once again fought it out for a place in the second round of Armagh GAA’s #WinToStayIn Skills Challenge.

With the places in round two becoming increasingly limited, it some contestants look to get te extra edge over the opponents, by fair or illegal means!

Game 12 – Mark Toal vs Diarmaid Marsden

Youth against experience. Rookie Mark Toal came up against All-Ireland winner Diarmaid Marsden in game 12 and the two men fought out a close contest.

Rocking his retro minor jersey from almost 20 years ago, Marsden stormed into the lead by the final whistle, completing 68 solos in 30 seconds compared to Toal’s 61.

Game 13 –Blaithin Mackin vs Eve Lavery

An all Armagh Ladies clash, Mackin modelled the new-look Murphy’s gloves that she hoped would bring her luck against her team-mate.

However Ballyhegan’s Eve Lavery nicked the win, with 42 solos, seeing off Mackin who completed 36.

Game 14 – Jemar Hall vs Connaire Mackin

With Ciaran and Blaithin losing out, it was up to Connaire Mackin to restore some pride in the Mackin household, but faced a difficult task against Jemar Hall.

Currently working as a body builder, Mackin lost out to the speed of Hall, who completed 62 solos in the time provide, with Mackin scoring 44 in the same time.

Game 15 – Justin Kieran vs Brian Mallon

Experience once again overcame youth with Tir na nOgs Brian Mallon seeing off his younger competitor.

A closely fought contest, Mallon performed the skill two more times in the half a minute than Kieran did, earning him a place in round two.

Game 16 – Nicole McKenna vs Aaron Findon

The first disqualification of the Skills Challenge, Findon’s attempt to bend the rules failed to pay off, as he chose to sit down while completing the skill.

The St Peter’s man also choose to complete the challenge blind folded, and although he did perform more solos, his breaking of the rules sees McKenna through to the next round.

Game 17 – Rory Grugan vs Winnie the Pooh

The biggest match up of the contest so far, Ballymacnab’s Rory Grugan up against Hundred Acre Woods Winnie the Pooh.

The challenge interrupted Grugan’s daily workout of 1000 press ups, and Winnie the Pooh, the fresher contest earned a hard fought victory with 47 solos compared to Grugan’s 44.

The old guard of Marsden and Mallon make their way through to the next round while wins for Eve Lavery, Jemar Hall, Nicole McKenna and Winnie the Pooh also sees them enter round two of the Armagh GAA #WinToStayIn Skills Challenge.

Monday evening will again see Skills Challenge videos posted by Armagh GAA as more match ups battle it out for a spot in the second round.