On Saturday last Cathal Connelly of St. Coman's (formerly Ballincurry) won his first All-Ireland title when he defeated a hard-working Philip Duffy of Armagh in the boys U17 40 x 20 singles. After an understandably tentative start, when he trailed 4-9, Cathal finally got into his stride and using his clever mix of roof shots and kills mixed with his superb retrieving of the ball he pulled away to win 21-13. From this point on it was clear he was the better handballer and although his opponent tried hard the second game was never in doubt with Cathal again winning 21-13. Over this campaign Cathal has impressed many knowledgable handball folk from outside Roscommon and hopefully this will only be the first of many honours he will win.
Girls U14 40 x 20 Doubles: Unfortunately the strong St. Coman's pair of Caoimhe Shanagher and Fiona Tully couldn't make it a double when they met an exceptionally talented outfit in Armagh's Aoibhinn Henderson and Niamh Coleman in the girls U14 Doubles. The very well balanced Armagh girls started strongly in both games and although the Roscommon girls put up a spirited fightback they were always that little bit behind, with excellent serving probably being the main difference between the sides. Final scores were 15-11, 15-12. Hopefully the two girls can learn from this defeat and can go on to take their opponents in future.
Connaught Juvenile B finals on Sunday 17th April in Castlebar: Juvenile B Semi-finals GU11S Lea Irwin (Mayo) v Roscommon; GU13S Hannah Flatley (Mayo) v Clodagh Beatty (Roscommon); GU14D Melanie Nally, Sharleen Nally (Mayo) v Aoife Tully & Ptnr (Roscommon); BU17D D Conneely, D Mac Fhlannachadha (Galway) v Levi Keavney. Golden Masters ‘A’ Doubles All-Ireland Semi-Finals All-Ireland semi finals: Well done to Dermot Doolin/Ger Walshe on winning their semi last Monday in Shannon 21-20 in the 3rd game. It was a great battle and the right result.
Junior Doubles Final: Cormac O’Brien and Philip O’Connor (Roscommon) will get the chance to go one better from last year when they compete in the All-Ireland Junior Doubles Final against Paul Lambert (Wexford) and his partner. Junior “B” Doubles All-Ireland Semi-Final: Nigel Neilan and Paul Kelly (Roscommon) lost out to their Cork opponents in two good games 21-7, 21-19. The Roscommon lads will be disappointed with this result having been 19-16 up in the second game. However having got to the All-Ireland semi-final is a good achievement and will stand them in good stead as experience.
From May 20th to 22nd Williamstown Handball Club will be holding their annual One Wall tournament. This competition was a huge success last year with Roscommon players doing very well. The sunny southeast Co.Wexford, is the venue this year for the Irish 40x20 Adult Handball Nationals which runs from 29th April to 1st May. Saturday 9th April at Roscommon, Connacht Community Games Finals.