Progress made in Leinster tests
Published 30/01/2016 | 00:00
Two Wexford players remain in the Leinster GAA Handball Junior championships as Darren O'Toole and Noel Holohan survived in the round of 16 last week.
O'Toole advanced due to a walkover from Keith Clifford (Kilkenny). Holohan renewed his rivalry with Laois player Michael Donovan and took the win on Wednesday in O'Loughlin's in Kilkenny (21-14, 21-12) to gain some revenge on Donovan who partnered Tomás Lennon to win the world men's 'C' doubles title in Calgary against Holohan and Dan Breen last August.
Barry McWilliams was knocked out of the Junior singles by Páuric Buggy from Laois at the same venue on Wednesday.
McWilliams was not on form at all and the Laois man powered his way to a 21-5, 21-19 win. He will meet Darren O'Toole in the quarter-final with both players in good form at the moment.
Jason Murphy also crashed out of the Junior singles on Wednesday to another Laois player as he was unable to keep with Andrew Dowling who raced to a 21-12, 21-5 win.
Patrick Boland saw his run in the Junior 'B' singles come to a halt as he could not stand the pace set by Eamonn Hawe from Kilkenny, with the man in black and amber comfortable in a 21-8, 21-8 win.
Patrick's clubmate from Templeudigan, David Redmond, fared better however. Despite suffering from a calf injury, he was able to come from a set down to defeat Gavin Grace from Kildare 15-21, 21-15, 21-7.
It was a good week for the purple and gold in the Silver Masters 'B' singles, with Ricky Barron getting past last year's beaten Leinster finalist, Willie Holden, on a 20-21, 21-17, 21-10 scoreline.
Joining Ricky in the next round is John Roche from Castlebridge as he put in a fantastic display to see off David Bourke from Kilkenny 21-17, 21-16.
Another man to perform heroics in the past week was Tom Byrne as he got past Charlie Kelly from Louth in a three-set game (21-17, 19-21, 21-19) in the Emerald Masters 'A' singles.
In the Ruby Masters singles, Jim Doyle put in a near-flawless display to defeat Paddy Murray from Dublin 21-15, 21-7.
Daniel Kavanagh was untested in the Minor singles as he received a walkover from Seán Mudderman from Kildare.
On the local scene the opening round of the Junior 'B'/'C'/'D' team of four competition was played and the winners were Bridgetown as they defeated Castlebridge 'B' 117-56.