Buggy claims second title
Gavin Buggy added a second Leinster title to his 2016 medal haul as he joined Barry McWilliams for the final of the Over-35 'A' doubles 40 x 20 handball championship, and they put in a fantastic performance to beat the Love brothers, Daniel and William, from Kilkenny 21-8, 21-7 on Saturday in Borris.
Darren O'Toole and Noel Holohan both fell at the semi-final stage of the Junior singles last week. Darren was defeated by Keith Bourke from Dublin on a 21-20, 21-12 scoreline, with the first set crucial to the outcome.
Noel was also close to victory but lost out 21-18, 21-16 to Daniel Fenlon from Carlow on Saturday in O'Loughlin's.
In the same venue Kevin Barrett from Carlow defeated David Kenny from Castlebridge in the semi-final of the Junior 'B' singles. Barrett won this contest on a 21-17, 21-15 scoreline, with Kenny having enough chances also to take victory.
The action in O'Loughlin's began with a Leinster title on Saturday though, with Mick Armstrong being the toughest in a dogged final of the Golden Masters 'B' singles. Joe Brennan from Laois was the opponent and he pushed Armstrong all the way in the opening set before Armstrong killed some crucial balls to secure a 21-17 win.
The second set was plain sailing for Armstrong as he pushed clear and romped home 21-7. David Redmond secured a final spot in the Masters 'B' singles as he blasted his way past John Morrissey from Kilkenny in Tinryland on Wednesday. Redmond was in great form and scored a 21-10, 21-12 win.
Another man into a Leinster final is Ned Buggy as the St. Mary's clubman was a 21-12, 21-12 winner over Richard Willoughby from Wicklow. He plays Eugene Kennedy from Dublin in the final this week.