All-Ireland hardball finals on Saturday
Roscommon Town is the place to be on Saturday next 11th June for all handball enthusiasts with the finals of the most traditional of handball codes set for the St. Comans court. The Hardball All-Ireland final will take place in St Coman's, Roscommon at 2 pm: Limerick (Seamus O'Carroll) v Westmeath (Robbie McCarthy). 1 pm: Limerick (Padraig O'Carroll) v Meath (Peter Reilly).
One wall nationals: Action will be commencing this year again on the Friday with a 12 noon start for most grades on Friday 1st July with the action completed by Sunday 3rd July with the Mens Open Final. TG4 will be present to do an extended TV highlights feature in a new structure for the GAA Handball Show.
Junior B Singles County Final Ė Brendan McDonagh (Comanís) v Niall Gordon (Comanís) on Wednesday 22nd June in Comanís. Junior B Doubles County Final Ė Niall Gordon/Thomas McGrath (Comanís) v Philip OíConnor/Paul Kelly on Saturday June 25th at 5 pm in Comanís. Intermediate Singles County semi-final: Aengus Cunningham (Comanís) v Lorcan Moughan (Ballymoe) on Wednesday 6th July at 7 pm in Comanís. Junior Singles County Championships (starting at 4 pm in Comanís on 11th June): Stevie Joyce (Ballymoe) v Denis Creaton (Lisacul); Shane Hennelly (Comanís) v Neil McDermott (Ballymoe); Billy Kelly (Ballymoe) v Glenn Walsh (Comanís); Sean Jennings (Lisacul) v John Kennedy (Ballymoe). Junior C fixtures will be completed over the coming week and will involve players from the Mount Talbot, Curraghboy, Ballymoe and Cloonfad clubs.
Mount Talbot Handball: This June Mount Talbot Handball Club is set to host its very own Open One Wall Singles Competition in the Mattie McDonagh Centre Ballygar on June 17th to 19th. This competition is open to players from all over the country and will cater for all grades from Beginner to Open and U10 to Masters.
The competition is ideally placed on the handball calendar for those players wishing to practice prior to the One Wall Nationals in Breaffy House Hotel just two short weeks from then. With three indoor courts and the finals to take place outdoors (weather-permitting) in the clubs recently restored handball alley, the event is sure to be an occasion not to be missed.
With Robbie McCarthy and Charlie Shanks both set to take part a potential re-match of the final of the 2010 one wall nationals is a possibility with McCarthy looking to overturn that particular result on this occasion. Another member of the Irish one-wall federations cup team, James Doyle, will also be battling for glory.
In the Ladies category both reigning nationals champion Lorraine Havern, and former champion Marianna Rushe, are set to take to the court. The ladies take part in another high-class field also, containing Ashley Prendiville and former minor champion, Amy Corrigan.
The juvenile grades are not be outdone either with numerous world champions taking part including Lauren OíRiordan of Roscommon.
Refreshments and entertainment are planned for the Saturday night. For further details see (www.mounttalbothandball.gaa.ie). Alternatively why not look us up on Facebook (Mount Talbot Handball Club) or contact the club directly (Liam on 087-7687785).