Riordan best in Under-21 derby
Published 20/02/2016 | 00:00
Another week saw yet more honours for the handballers of county Wexford in the 40 x 20 courts of the province. There was a double-header of championship finals in St. Joseph's on Saturday as the Under-21 singles and Over-35 'B' singles were down for decision.
The Under-21 singles was between Galen Riordan from Ballyhogue and Keith Armstrong from Kilmyshall, in his first year in this age group. The man from Ballyhogue added a third title in this grade to his name when he won a fantastic, highly-skilled game on a 21-13, 21-18 scoreline.
The Over-35 'B' singles final was another all-Wexford clash and it was even more parochial than that as both Fergal McWilliams and Paddy Cheevers hail from the Horeswood club. In another fantastic match with neither player giving an inch, Fergal was crowned the Leinster champion as he won 21-16, 21-19.
One has to commend the fighting qualities of Paddy though as he was 14-3 down in the opening set but battled right to the end in both sets.
In the opening round of the Junior 'B' doubles, Niall Maher and Pádhraic Roberts were comfortable 21-11, 21-6 winners over Kilkenny pair Mick Conville and Craig Cummins.
David Redmond and Phil Coleman both fell at the final hurdle in Leinster finals last week. In a double-header in Tinryland neither player found their top form and were beaten by very good opponents.
In the Masters 'B' singles final, Dublin's Ciarán McCallan got past Redmond 21-10, 21-6, while in the final of the Silver Masters 'B' singles, Phil Coleman was no match for an in-form Christy Donnelly from Dublin who won on a 21-11, 21-7 scoreline.
Ned Buggy was also defeated in a Leinster final last week as the St. Mary's clubman fell to a 21-19, 21-14 defeat to the very good Dublin player, Eugene Kennedy, in the Ruby Masters 'A' singles final.
In the Senior doubles last week there was also defeat for Ned's son, Gavin, as he and Paul Lambert fell in the quarter-final of the Leinster championships 21-14, 21-17 to Michael Gregan and Johnny Willoughby from Wicklow.
The remaining three county finals of the 40 x 20 Wexford GAA Handball championships were played on Monday.
In Bree in the final of the Minor singles, Daniel Kavanagh collected his first title of the season as the St. Joseph's clubman was a 21-10, 21-6 winner over Liam Rossiter from Ballyhogue.
Daniel also represented his county and country with distinction last weekend as he competed in the first round of the European One Wall tour in London. Daniel was beaten by one ace in the final of the men's 'B' singles and also progressed to the semi-final of the men's open doubles when he was joined by Limerick's Paudie Quish.
The Junior doubles final saw Templeudigan take on Castlebridge and the men from Castlebridge got off to the better start, winning the opening set 21-8 as David Kenny and Jason Murphy looked primed for victory.
However, Noel Holohan and David Redmond really upped the pace and took a crucial second set 21-12, and with momentum behind them then they powered home 21-7 in the third set.
The Junior 'B' doubles final saw Kilmyshall secure success as Pádhraic Roberts and Niall Maher romped to a 21-10, 21-8 win over Barntown duo Jim Berry and Ricky Barron.