Action on the handball courts has taken a welcome break over the past weekend due to the transition to the hardball (60 x 30) code. The hardball code represents the traditional Irish form of handball, played with a stitched goat skin ball with inner cork. The stitching makes the bounce more unpredictable than the other codes of handball and advantage is really with the strong server. Draws for the national hardball championships will be completed in the coming week.
Contesting the Junior Championships from Roscommon will be Chris Doolin and Glenn Walsh, from the St Comanís Club. In another rapidly expanding code of handball, the one-wall code, a number of tournaments will be held locally over the next month or so. The Williamstown Club (County Galway) will host an open event on the weekend of 20th-22nd May. Over 160 participants have registered for the event, including players from most Roscommon clubs.
Preceding the one-wall nationals in Breaffy House (Castlebar) in July, the Mount Talbot Handball Club will host a major tournament in their beautifully refurbished outdoor court, as well as in temporary in-door courts in Ballygar. Application forms are available from local clubs, Mount Talbot Facebook page or at www.gaahandball.ie.
This coming weekend will see a number of Roscommon players compete in a one-wall tournament on Inis Oir (Aran Islands) from Friday 13th-Sunday 15th May. Recent initiatives have seen handball rejuvenated on both Inis Oir and Inis Mor.
Roscommon Handball would like to extend best wishes to County PRO Brendan McDonagh on his recent wedding.
The St Comanís Handball Club would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the wife and family of Tom Reilly, Sragh, Knockcroghery, who passed away recently following a short illness. Tom was a keen handball player whose humour and charisma will be greatly missed by all in the Roscommon handball fraternity. May he rest in peace.