Nine county titles decided
Published 16/01/2016 | 00:00
The finals of the Wexford 40 x 20 GAA Handball championships began last week, with nine county titles decided in the past seven days.
Paul Lambert and Daniel Kavanagh from St. Joseph's were crowned the winners of the Intermediate doubles as they got the better of Keith and Mick Armstrong from Kilmyshall on a 21-12, 21-14 scoreline.
Enda Buggy and Shane Terry from St. Joseph's won the final of the Junior 'D' doubles. In a very exciting and close game, they were 21-20, 9-21, 21-19 winners over Ciarán and Brian Busher from Bridgetown.
David Redmond was crowned Masters 'B' singles champion as he dominated Eugene Kelly from Castlebridge, with the man from Templeudigan winning 21-13, 21-13. This win should set him up well for his assault on the Leinster championships in the same grade.
Declan Hart of Horeswood captured the Emerald Masters 'A' singles when he put in a fantastic performance to see off Michael Rossiter from Ballyhogue 21-9, 13-21, 21-7. Kilmyshall duo Jimmy Dunne and Tom Byrne were the winners of the Emerald Masters 'B' doubles as they held the aces in a 21-1, 21-15 win over Davidstown duo Eamonn Bowe and Tim Harrington on Friday in Bree.
Tony Breen from Templeudigan captured a second title of the week for the club in green and white as he was a 21-14, 21-16 winner over Billy Rossiter from Ballyhogue in the final of the Diamond Masters 'A' singles.
In the final of the Diamond Masters 'B' singles, Brendan Murphy from Castlebridge won a close game against Ballymitty player Mylie Byrne 21-19, 21-15.
Noel Holohan and Jason Murphy both advanced to the last 16 in the Leinster Junior 40 x 20 singles. Holohan beat his former clubmate and doubles partner Brendan O'Toole, now playing out of Kildare, on a 21-14, 21-8 scoreline, while Murphy was a round one winner as he defeated J.J. English from Kilkenny 20-21, 21-9, 21-12.
Five Wexford players were in round one action in the Leinster Junior 'B' singles, and four advanced to the next round. Patrick Boland, playing in the adult Leinster series for the first time in his career, was a 21-1, 21-14 winner over Ger Scahill from Dublin.
Pádhraic Roberts was a comfortable 21-14, 21-10 winner over Damien Darcy from Carlow. David Kenny was also in cruise mode in an impressive 21-3, 21-14 win against Ciarán Thackaberry from Kildare.
Niall Maher had to work all the way in a three-set victory over Philip Lonergan from Kilkenny. Maher lost the opening set 21-17 but he recovered well to advance 21-8, 21-19 in the remaining two sets.
Michael Busher bit the dust in the provincial championships at the first hurdle as he found Aaron Geoghegan from Carlow too hot to handle and he lost out 21-17, 21-19.
In the Over-35 'B' singles, Fergal McWilliams defeated Brian Berney from Carlow on a 21-14, 12-21, 21-19 scoreline, while Tom Armstrong defeated Tony Delaney from Kildare 21-15, 21-19 in the Silver Masters 'B' singles.
In the Minor singles, Laurence Dunne from Kilmyshall lost out in the opening round 21-14, 21-14 to Shane Dunne from Kilkenny. However, Laurence's Kilmyshall clubmate, Keith Armstrong, was a winner on a 21-19, 21-16 scoreline in the opening round of the Under-21 singles.