The big game of the weekend from a Roscommon perspective was the Connacht intermediate doubles final. This match pitched the experienced Roscommon pair of Niall McGrath and Chris Doolin against the younger but talented Mayo duo of Stephen Cooney and Ian McLoughlin.
The first game went as expected with Ros winning 21-8 with left hander Niall McGrath in particular playing havoc with his blend of power and precision. It was a different story however in the second with the Mayo lads concentrating on Chris Doolin who was definitely feeling the effects of the ridiculous fixture congestion which had him playing two senior matches the day before. Mayo won this game 21-14.
The third game proved to be a nail-biter with Ros going into a 10-2 lead, but inevitably being pegged back with the teams eventually drawing level at 15 each. McGrath really stepped forward at this stage and took the responsibility of winning the game which Roscommon finally did 21-17 after a number of excellent rallies. If Ros are to progress any further in a very strong grade they will have to play far more consistent handball and Chris will have to look at his general positioning in the court during rallies.
Connacht Juvenile A Finals: After a very successful semi-final weekend the finals were a different story for Roscommon with only one winner, Cathal Connelly in the U17 boys singles. There were two walkovers in Roscommon’s favour in the Boys U16 Doubles (Conor Egan / Colm Walshe) and Girls U14 Doubles (Caoimhe Shanagher / Fiona Tully). All three will feature in the All-Ireland semi-finals this coming weekend and have the ability to do very well. The game of the weekend was the meeting of two world champions in the Girls U16 singles. Lauren O’Riordan (Ros) and Ciana Ni Churraoin (Galway) served up an absolute thriller with the Galway girl winning this latest episode of their ongoing rivalry 21-20, 21-13.
Boys U12 Singles: Cian O Conghaile (Galway) beat Michael Egan (Ros) 15-1, 15-1. Boys U12 Doubles – Nathan Feeney / Stephen Raftery (Galway) beat Gareth Delaney / Dylan Hanley (Ros) 15-8, 15-10. Boys U13 Singles Desmond Conneely (Gal) beat Mark Fetherstone (Ros) 15-8, 15-4. Boys U14 Doubles Ross Walsh / hAnraoi Whyte (Gal) w/o Brian Mannion / Michael Fallon (Ros) (inj). Boys U15 Singles: Darragh Mulkerrins (Galway) defeated Enda Connelly (Ros) 15-9, 15-3. Boys U16 Doubles: Colm Walshe / Conor Egan (Ros) w/o Connor Noone, Eanna Kelleghen (Gal) (inj) Boys U17 Singles – Cathal Connelly (Ros) beat Colm Mac Donacha (Gal) 21-12, 21-11 Girls U14 Doubles – Caoimhe Shanagher / Fiona Tully (Ros) w/o, Girls U16 Singles – Ciana Ni Churraoin (Gal) beat Lauren O’Riordan (Ros) 21-20, 21-13.0
County Juvenile B Finals Boys: U12 Singles – Diarmuid Treacy (Mount Talbot) beat Liam Egan (St. Coman’s) and then Jack Gaynor (Fairymount). U12 Doubles Oisin & Fionn Cusack (St. Coman’s) beat Cathal Treacy / Mark Clogher (Mt. Talbot). U13 Singles Ronan Cahill (Fairymount) beat Mark Treacy (Mt. Talbot). U13 Doubles: Dylan Kennedy / Thomas McCann (Fairymount) w/o U14 Singles: Donal Egan (St. Coman’s) beat Dylan Gaynor (Fairymount). U14 Doubles – Thomas Treacy / Michael Kelleghan (Mt. Talbot) w/o U15 Singles: Michael Carroll (Fairymount) w/o. U15 Doubles: Michael Greevy / Eoin Cahill (Fairymount) w/o. U16 Singles: Sean Carroll (Fairymount) beat Ross Melvin (Lisacul). U16 Doubles: Stephen Regan / Ross Melvin w/o. U17 Singles: Stephen Dwyer beat Kevin Kelleghan (Mt. Talbot). Girls U12 Singles: Lisa Mullin (St. Coman’s) w/o. U13 Singles: Clodagh Beatty (St. Coman’s) w/o. U14 Singles: Aoife Tully (St. Coman’s) w/o
GAA Handball All Ireland 40 x 20 Men’s Open Doubles Championship Round 2: Saturday 19th March 2011. J. P Brady/M Finnegan (CAV) v C Doolin/N McGrath (Ros) Leixlip, Kildare, 1 pm. GAA Handball All Ireland 40 x 20 Ladies Open Singles: Round 2: Saturday 19th March: G Leona Doolin (Ros) v Ashley Prendiville (Kerry) Moycullen, Galway, 3 pm. Round 2: Sunday 20th March J Lorraine Havern (Down) v Deirdre Donohoe (Roscommon)Kingscourt, Cavan, 3.15, Ct 2.
GAA Handball All Ireland 40x20, Connacht v Munster semi final, Saturday 19th March, Curraghboy, Roscommon 5 pm. U21D: Roscommon (Cian Connolly & Darren Beatty) v Tipperary (Fergal Collins /Darragh Hardy). JD: Roscommon (Cormac O’Brien & Philip O’Connor) v Waterford (David Walsh/Philip Butler). Round 2: Saturday 19th March 2011. Leona Doolin (ROSCOMMON) v Ashley Prendiville (Kerry) Moycullen, Galway, 3 pm. Eimear Ní Fhalluin (Kildare v Catriona Casey (Cork) Moycullen, Galway, 4 pm. Saturday, 19th March, Mallow, Cork, 4 pm. MS: Cork (Killian Carroll) v Galway (Martin Mulkerrins).
LMS: Cork (Catriona Casey) v Roscommon (Aoife McDonagh). University of Limerick One Wall Tournament. This competition takes place on Saturday 2nd April at the sports arena in the UL campus. Please see gaahandball.ie for entry forms.
Irish 40 x 20 adult nationals. This competition takes place on the 29th April to 1st May at Wexford venues. Please check www.gaahandball.ie for updates.