Congrats to Aengus Cunningham and Dermot Doolin (both St. Comans) on winning their respective grades at this year’s one wall nationals. Aengus beat Niall Kerr (Tyrone) in the final in the tightest of games – 17-16. Dermot had a convincing win over Peter Larkin (Kildare) in the Emerald Masters A final, by 24-12. In the mens challenger grade Liam Kelly (Mount Talbot) had a good run to get to the final but unfortunately was defeated 19-10 by Martin Havern (Down). In the ladies challenger Tara Taylor (Roscommon) done very well to get to the final but lost out to Kathleen Briedenhann from the United Kingdom – 24-16.
St. Comans Handball Club Family Day will take place on Saturday 16th July. A mixed doubles tournament will commence at 10 am for juveniles and adults will play then. A barbeque will also take place. A great day was had by all last year so no doubt this year the event will continue to grow. Please come along and support.
A huge thanks to all those who supported the St. Comans bag-packing day last weekend which took place in Dunnes Stores as a fundraising event.
Chris Doolin and Aengus Cunningham (St. Comans) were runners-up in the Mens B division. En route to the final they had a fantastic win over Oliver Conway and Declan Connaugthon (Williamstown) 21-16, 17-21. The tiebreaker score was 11-10.
Aoife McDonagh and Martina Kilduff (Roscmmon) will play their Leitrim opponents on Saturday 16th July in St. Comans at 5 pm. The annual McGee 40x20 tournament will take place in Newport and other Mayo venues over the weekend of 29th July-31st July 2011. Entry forms are now available for this competition and can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or check www.gaahandball.ie One Wall Handball enthusiasts will get another chance to add some silverware to the cabinet at this tournament which is usually the last one wall tournament of the season and takes place on 5th August-7th August 2011.
Mount Talbot Handball
On Sunday June 19th the inaugural Mount Talbot One-Wall Open came to a conclusion with a number of thrilling finals down for decision. The finals drew to an end a weekend involving 170 competitors and over 240 matches, with the cream of handballing talent from all corners of the country taking part.
Meanwhile last weekend several members from Mount Talbot Handball Club took to the courts of Castlebar for the Irish One-Wall Nationals. In total 12 members took part in a field of over 500 competitors. In the Mens Challenger grade Frank Quine, Liam Cormican, Matthew Hughes, Liam O’Ceallaigh & John Paul O’Connor took part recording a number of good victories. Liam progressed all the way to the final after a string of fine victories There he meet Martin Havern of Down and was unlucky to go down after a fine performance.
In the Ladies Challenger grade Nicola Crean and Mairead, Aileen & Deirdre Kelly took part. The ladies played superbly all weekend and can be delighted with their performance. In the Mens U23B John Kelleghan played some great handball all weekend and got to a semi-final of his grade. In the Mens C grade Robert & Jarlath Coyle took part with Jarlath recording two great victories before going down to Peter Flanagan of Meath at the quarter-final stage.
With the One-Wall Nationals complete the One-Wall Handball season is over for another year. The latest addition to the One-Wall Season was the inaugural Mount Talbot One-Wall Open which turned out to be a great success.
Over 170 competitors and 240 matches took place with the cream of handballing talent from around the country taking part. Some highlights from the weekend included Robbie McCarthy’s performances all weekend ending with him becoming the inaugural Mount Talbot One-Wall Open champion. Marianna Rushe did well to take home the Ladies title. Ciaran Burke of Newport took home the Mens B” title while Curraghboy’s Philip O’Connor took the Mens C grade.
Local handballers did well across a number of grades with Diarmuid Treacy claiming the B-U12 Plate title. Nicola Crean took home the Ladies Challenger” title, while the Ladies Novice Plate went to Mary Grehan. For a comprehensive review of this great event see mounttalbothandball.gaa.ie