Westmeath's Robbie McCarthy continued his impressive 2011 run of form when he added a first All-Ireland Senior Championship crown (Hardball) to the Irish 40x20 Nationals win in Wexford last month.
The Mullingar clubman has lost out in the last two All-Ireland Senior Softball finals to Dublin 60x30 legend, Eoin Kennedy, and will certainly be in a buoyant frame of mind with the 2011 series in that event to follow shortly. A 12-21, 21-7, 21-9 senior Hardball Championship final win over Limerick's Seamus O'Carroll in Roscommon saw him collect the 2011 honours.
Meanwhile Padraig O'Carroll (Limerick) defeated Meath's Peter Reilly in the Junior decider on a 21-8, 21-18 scoreline.
GAA Handball All-Ireland hardball Junior/Senior Doubles Championship Finals 2011 on Thursday 16th June, St. Coman's, Roscommon at 7 pm. JHD Final: Meath (Carl Browne/Gary McConnell) v Limerick (Padraig O'Carroll/Pat Murphy) at 8 pm: SHD Final: Limerick (Seamus O'Carroll/CJ Fitzpatrick) v Dublin (Eoin Kennedy/Egin Jensen).
Junior Singles Championship: Neil McDermot (Ballymoe) and Shane Hennelly (St. Comans) squared up in St. Comans on Saturday evening last. With Hennelly being part of the Junior All-Ireland Interclub winning team from St. Comans last year and McDermott on the Ballymoe team that won the same grade in 2009 this was set up to be a great match. Both players played their hearts out and after each winning a game the match went to the deciding third game where Hennelly came out victorious on a score line of 21-17. Well done to both players on such a fine match.
The County Senior Interclub Final between Ballymoe and St. Comans is to be re-fixed to a date this week.
Mount Talbot competition
This coming weekend Mount Talbot Handball Club is set to host its very own Open One Wall Singles Competition in the Mattie McDonagh Centre, Ballygar and the club’s own recently refurbished handball alley.
This competition is open to players from all over the country and has players ranging in age from 10 to 75 taking part. With three indoor courts and the finals to take place outdoors (weather-permitting) in the club’s outdoor alley, the event is sure to be an occasion not to be missed.
With up to 170 competitors and over 240 matches to take place across 16 grades, the inaugural Mount Talbot One Wall Open is set to be one of the largest events on the handball calendar this year.
With recently crowned national hardball champion Robbie McCarthy and multiple Irish one-wall champion Charly Shanks set to take part in the Mens open, and Marianna Rushe and Lorraine Havern in the Ladies open, the cream of one-wall talent will be on show.
For further details contact Liam on 087-7687785. All are welcome, with action beginning at 5 pm on Friday. For details of draws check mounttalbothandball.gaa.ie.
Feile na gael 2011
The annual Feile competition is just around the corner in County Galway venues starting on 24th June. Full details and fixtures can be found at www.gaahandball.ie