Glynn the leading school
Primary schools handball competitions, organised by the Rackard League and sponsored by Allianz, took place recently in St. Joseph's Community Centre, Wexford. Well over one hundred boys and girls came, representing 15 primary schools from north, south, east and west of the county of Wexford.
Glynn N.S. maintained their record as the most consistent handball school by winning the trophy for the best overall school.
They were helped by a very strong girls' team led by Emma Phelan who followed up on her Under-11 success last year by winning the Under-13 title.
Jodie Keeling (Glynn) also retained the Under-11 singles title for her school, while the Under-11 doubles team narrowly lost to St. John of God P.S., The Faythe, Sophie Kelly and Ellie Murphy-O'Gorman. The Coolgreany Under-13 doubles team of Shauna Owley and Lauren Johnson defeated Ferns in the last of the girls' competitions.
Seventy boys took part in the Under-11 and Under-13 competitions, with Kennedy Park School winning two of the four titles.
Josh Byrne-Kavanagh retained the Under-13 singles for his school while Rory Dobbs and Shane Kehoe brought home the Under-11 doubles title. Mark Doyle from St. Fintan's Taghmon moved from being Under-11 singles champion last year to an Under-13 doubles title with Conor Murphy as his able partner.
Johnny Goggins from New Ross C.B.S. Primary was crowned Under-11 singles champion following his narrow victory over Bobby Doyle (Taghmon). The aggregate scoring worked in his favour, even though he lost the second game (11-6, 10-11).
All the Wexford winners will go on now to represent their county in the Cumann na mBunscoileanna Leinster finals, which will be hosted again in St. Joseph's Wexford.
Many thanks to the primary teachers who helped organise the two-day event, to the parents who supported and especially to the referees: Séamus Buggy, Gavin Buggy and Mylie Cash.
All the winners got to play in the Leinster series of the primary schools competition, also sponsored by Allianz, which was again hosted by St. Joseph's Handball Club.
Facing teams from Kilkenny, Offaly, Dublin, Laois and Kildare, the Under-13 boys' doubles pair from Taghmon were the only Wexford team to qualify for the All-Ireland series.
Well done to Mark Doyle and Conor Murphy who represented St. Fintan's N.S., Taghmon, Wexford and Leinster in the All-Ireland Cumann na mBunscoil finals day in Kingscourt, Co. Cavan. This shows the strength of handball in Wexford as the boys were playing out of their age group.
First they played Ulster and won 15-6, 15-6. Next up were Munster and the boys beat them 15-10, 15-12. Their final game was against Connacht and the boys came through this game as well with a 15-8, 15-11 win.
A very memorable day was had by the boys, as they got to meet and get photographs with the top handballers in Ireland, snd then they got to watch these players in action as they were playing the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Senior championship.
The boys were presented with their medals and certificates by GAA Handball President and Wexford native, Willie Roche.