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Saturday 21 October 2017

Doubles dream comes to end

GAVIN BUGGY and Paul Lambert's journey in the All-Ireland Senior doubles came to an end on Saturday evening last as they went down to current champions, Dessie Keegan and Joe McCann from Mayo.

This doubles journey certainly brought out the best in the Wexford boys, but they were unable to rediscover the form they showed in the earlier rounds when players like Eoin Kennedy and Michael 'Duxie' Walsh were left in their wake. This was a step up in competition again and the men from the west delivered in emphatic fashion.

The Model county men never really got into the game and eventually went down 21-9, 21-5 in the quarter-final.

Paul Lambert (above) will need a quick recovery as he faces Oisín Naughton from Roscommon in the All-Ireland Junior 'B' singles semi-final this week in St. Coman's in Roscommon.

Declan Hart had an agonising loss in the semi-final of the Silver Masters 'B' singles against Galway's Brendan Judge last weekend. Hart began in great fashion, taking the opening set 21-17 against the Tribesman, but it was soon one game each as Judge got back into it with a 2112 second set result.

With the momentum with the Galway man, he saw out the job and took the final spot on a 21-16 scoreline, to leave Declan to think of what might have been. Declan and Fintan Doyle will hope to re-group in the coming week as they face into the All-Ireland doubles semi-final.

It was good news on three occasions for the Juvenile handballers of Wexford on Sunday last in Garryhill.

Galen Riordan from Ballyhogue got the ball rolling when he romped to a very nice victory in the Under-15 singles over Darragh Cunnane from Mayo on a 21-10, 214 scoreline. Next into action were the Under-15 doubles pairing of Pádraig Foley and Graham Parker, and this Castlebridge and Ballyhogue combination came out on top in two very good games against two Galway boys. The Wexford men played the better handball throughout and defeated Conor Noone and Éanna Kelleghan 21-15, 21-12.

Dean Corrigan had an easier than expected route to the AllIreland Under-17 final as his Mayo opponent had to pull out due to injury. Not so lucky on Sunday last was Emer Nolan who was beaten in the AllIreland Under-16 semi-final. In a great game, she was unlucky to go out on a final score of 21-16, 21-17. It was another hectic week of semi-final action in the Wexford Farmers Co-Op 40 x 20 singles. Martin Doran and Peter Hughes will contest the Junior singles final as they came through during the past week.

Doran, from Horeswood, won a very close game with Malachy Whelan from Castlebridge on a 21-18, 21-19 scoreline, and Hughes also put out a Castlebridge player, with the Ballyhogue man beating Eugene Kelly 21-11, 2021, 21-6 to secure his final spot.

Kevin Doyle is back in a county final again but he had to work all the way against Paddy Cheevers from Horeswood. Kevin from Davidstown, who lost last year's Junior 'B' final, is through to the Junior 'C' singles decider after winning through 21-15, 19-21, 21-5.

In the final he will meet Shane Rossiter from Ballymitty who was victorious in the second semi over Ballyhogue man Eugene English on a 21-18, 21-7 scoreline.

The semi-final action continues this week. All interested in playing in the 60 x 30 county and Leinster championships are asked to please send in their entry forms as soon as possible.

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