Kavanagh ready to take on the world
Last weekend we warned the people of county Wexford to watch out for Daniel Kavanagh and Keith Armstrong in the future, and it didn't take one of these two men long to answer the call with more success.
Only a week after being crowned 40 x 20 Minor doubles champion, Daniel Kavanagh from St. Joseph's handball club in Wexford town has booked himself a seat on the official Irish team which will travel to the world championships in Calgary in August.
Last weekend the Irish Junior nationals took place at venues in Cavan and Monaghan and it was a fruitful event for Kavanagh. The talented St. Joseph's clubman won a place in the boys' 17 and under singles decider as he won the semi-final by beating Tadhg O'Neill from Cork 21-17, 21-3.
Ironically three years ago the same two players combined to win a world 15 and under doubles title in the Citywest Hotel in Dublin.
The final played on Sunday afternoon brought an old foe to the arena against Kavanagh in Fergal Coughlan from Clare, one of the duo beaten by Wexford the previous weekend in the Minor doubles final.
The first set of this contest was epic with Kavanagh winning by the minimum on a 21-20 scoreline. This narrow win knocked the stuffing out of Coughlan and the doubt had set in. Ultimately it would see the Clare man retiring injured when losing 17-7 in the second set.
This win sees Kavanagh as the first-ever Wexford player to be on the official Irish handball team which travels to a world championship. The championships get under way in Calgary, Canada on August 11 and the Wexfordman will be among serious contenders for a second world title come August.