Buggy scores championship victory
With the dust now settled on another World Championships its now back to handball on a national and provincial level for the next few months. Gavin Buggy opened his challenge in the GAA Handball senior open softball singles with a 21-19, 21-13 win over Vinnie Moran from Mayo during the past week.
On the provincial side of things there was many Wexford players out in a hectic week of Leinster championship action. Keith Armstrong was unable to match the minor singles title in the small court with another in the big court as he went down 21-8, 21-13 to Shane Dunne from Kilkenny in the final. Galen Riordan from Ballyhogue was crowned the under 21 singles champion as he put in a sterling performance to see off Brian Mahon from Kilkenny on a 21-7, 21-17 score.
Mikie Berry collected two Leinster titles in the past seven days. He defeated Darren O'Toole from Coolgraney in an all Wexford final of the intermediate singles. It was Darren who took the opening set 21-20, but he was unable to keep the momentum up and Berry took the title 21-11, 21-6. Mikie was then joined by Jim Berry to claim the doubles title also and they again got the better of Darren O'Toole as they won 21-15, 21-12 against O'Toole and Malachy Whelan.
There will be an all Wexford final in the junior doubles as Niall Maher and David Kenny will meet Paddy Haughton and Paul Lambert in the final with the later winning their semi-final last week beating Keith Bourke and Mick Carrie from Dublin 21-18, 21-16.
Jamie Balfe and Gary Balfe from Kildare put the end to the title hopes of Sean Nolan and Padhraic Roberts in the junior B doubles with the lilywhites winning 21-5, 21-3 in the semi-final last week.
Tommy Hynes will meat Michael Duxie Walsh in the final of the Masters singles after both players won their respective semi-finals last week. Hynes was a comfortable winner over Eddie Burke from Kilkenny 21-8, 21-12, while Duxie was a 21-7, 21-12 winner over Eugene Kelly from Castlebridge.
John Roche was another Wexford man who celebrated a double of provincial titles during the past week, this time in the Masters B singles and doubles. In the singles final he got the better of Ray Fogarty from Laois 21-14, 21-16, while in the doubles final he was joined by Damien Kelly en route to a 21-20, 21-9 win over Gary Bolger and Gavin Grace from Kildare.
Jimmy Dunne from Kilmyshall a player who was away in Canada for the World championships was a 17-21, 21-9, 21-14 winner of the Emerald Masters B singles when he saw off Michael Rossiter, but Rossiter man joined by Billy Rossiter got better of Dunne and Tom Byrne in the final of the Emerald Masters B doubles.