Brothers in arms
McWilliams siblings among winners
Published 23/01/2016 | 00:00
There was another full programme of county finals in the Wexford GAA Handball 40 x 20 championships over the past week.
The finals of the Junior 'B', 'C' and 'D' singles took place. In the Junior 'B' decider, David Kenny from Castlebridge continued his impressive small alley form this season with a fantastic 21-9, 21-20 win over Niall Maher from Kilmyshall.
Fergal McWilliams from Horeswood is a man in a rich vein of form too, and he also put in a sterling performance to capture the final of the Junior 'C' singles against Seán Flood from St. Joseph's (21-4, 21-14).
Adam Walsh wrapped up the Junior finals as he took the 'D' singles title with a 21-17, 21-20 win for the St. Joseph's man against Brian Busher from Bridgetown.
Moving into the finals of the age groups, the first of the week was the Over-35 singles and it saw James Stanners from St. Martin's take the winner's medal as he got the better of Paddy Cheevers from Horeswood 21-8, 21-14.
Barry McWilliams followed in the footsteps of his brother, Fergal, on the winning trail in the championships as he took the Masters 'A' singles title with a 21-18, 21-5 win over Pechelli English from Davidstown.
The best final of the week was the Masters 'B' doubles as Templeudigan captured a fantastic match 17-21, 21-13, 21-20 as Kevin Cowman and David Redmond got the better of Eugene Kelly and John Murphy from Castlebridge, with the winners coming from behind in the third set to win.
In an all-Kilmyshall final of the Emerald Masters 'B' singles, Jimmy Dunne took the win as he got the better of Tom Byrne on a 21-9, 21-12 scoreline, while the Diamond Masters 'A' doubles produced a win for Ballyhogue as Billy Rossiter and Sonny Sheil beat Ned Buggy and Mick Flood from St. Mary's 21-6, 21-10.
There was news both on and off the court last week for Wexford handball. Off the court the Leinster Convention took place and Tony Breen was re-elected as Vice-Chairman at provincial level. He was joined on the executive with the election of Gavin Buggy as Coaching Officer for the province.
Daniel Kavanagh was honoured as the young male handballer of the year for his fantastic achievements at county, provincial, national and international levels in 2015. Patsy Murray was also rewarded for his hard work behind the scenes at club level as the Coolgreany native was named the clubperson of the year.
On the court two Wexford players advanced to the quarter-finals of the Junior 'B' singles, with Niall Maher beating Geoff Atkinson from Carlow 21-10, 21-8, while David Kenny was a very impressive winner as he defeated Diarmuid Burke from Kilkenny 21-14, 21-12. Unfortunately, Pádhraic Roberts bowed out despite winning the opening set 21-15 as he retired injured at 5-0 in the second set.
Fergal McWilliams carried the winning feeling from the county scene to the provincial championships as he beat Barry Ramsey from Carlow 21-14, 9-21, 21-18, while Paddy Cheevers and David Stanners are also into the next round after receiving walkovers in their games.
Phil Coleman tasted success in the Silver Masters 'B' singles as he defeated P.J. Tobin from Kildare 21-18, 21-7. Two Dunnes clashed in the Emerald Masters 'B' singles and the Wexford one triumphed as Jimmy Dunne defeated Eddie Dunne from Laois 21-19, 21-16.