This is the second year of the 60X30 nationals, which has proven very successful in an attempt to rejuvenate the numbers in this code of handball. A number of Roscommon Juveniles took part in Kilkenny venues over last weekend.
In the Ladies 13 and under doubles final Fiona Tully (St. Comans, Roscommon) continued a very good year by teaming up with Kildare’s Hannah Dagg to record a good victory over Kilkenny in the semi-final, 31-6 was the score.
The girls then went on to take the title by beating Sinead Meagher and Emma Donnellan (Tipperary) on a score line of 31-25 in an exciting final. Well-done Fiona and her partner on a great weekend.
In the Ladies doubles probably the top two up and coming juveniles over the last five years Lauren O’Riordan (St. Comans, Roscommon) and Cianna Ni Churrain (Galway) teamed up to play in the Ladies 19 and under grade.
In the semis the Galway/Roscommon combo defeated Denise Love and Aisling Meagher from Kilkenny 31-10. This dream partnership then won the final by beating Ciara Mahon and Mary Phelan also from Kilkenny 31-25.
Connacht 60X30 Championships
Connacht Semi-Finals fixtures: Junior Singles Glen Walsh (Ros) V Martin Raftery (Lei) in Drumkeeran on 23rd June at 5pm junior “B” Singles: Des Dowd (Ros) OR Padraic Coyle (Ros) V Leo Logan (Lei) in Drumkeeran 23rd June at 5pm. Over 35”B” Singles: Shane Bruen (Sli) V Billy Kelly (Ros) in Collooney on 23rd June at 5pm.
Masters “B” Singles: Martin Conroy (Ros) V Mark Murphy (Sli) in Collooney on 23rd June at 5pm EMAS: Martin Bruen (Ros) V Michael McMorrow (Sli) in Colloooney on 24th June at 2pm EMBS: James Coughlan (Ros) V Peter Davey (Sli) in Collooney on 24th June at 2pm.
Kilglass Gaa Handball Club: Training continues on Thursday’s at 8pm for minors and 9pm for adults in Kilglass Gaels Sports hall. Anyone interested is invited to attend. Contact Anthony Mahady 087-7640677 or Eddie Conboy 086-0528884 for more details.
The 2012 World Handball Championship Player Entry Form - in PDF format - was released just over 3 weeks ago and this can again be accessed by going to www.gaahandball.ie. Full details of entry grades and information on the upcoming championships is available on the website.
Online Player Entry registration was launched and went live on 12th June 2012 on the world championship site for anyone wishing to enter online. The closing date for entries is over 2 months away but remember that the 10th August deadline will be strictly adhered to as a final deadline no exceptions.
Entries for Mount Talbot’s One Wall Competition continue to arrive and as it currently stands it promises to be an even bigger event than the tournament in 2011 when players travelled from 25 counties in Ireland to compete.
This year’s event on June 22nd to 24th offers competitors an ideal opportunity to prepare for the One-Wall Nationals just 2 weeks later. Some of the countries top adult and juvenile handballers have already entered.
Such names returning to the 2011 Club of the Year include Robbie McCarthy, Lorraine Havern, James Doyle, Vinny Moran & Ruairi Kelly while juvenile stars include Lauren O’Riordan, Conall McCavitt, Gabhain Mc Crystal, Heather Spelman & Niall Alison to mention a few.
Issue dated: 22 June 2012
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