Sunday 18 August 2019

Hynes and Berry reach 60 x 30 final

TOMMY HYNES and Mikey Berry will meet in the final of the 2015 Wexford GAA handball 60 x 30 championships after both men recorded fine wins during the week.

Hynes from St. Mary's gave a near flawless performance in his commanding 21-4, 21-8 win over Castlebridge's Jason Murphy. Berry was also very impressive as the man playing for Barntown won 21-4, 21-13 against Darren O'Toole.

Certainly he won't fear Hynes in the final, but the Wexford town man will go in as strong favourite.

There was a classic semi-final between two Castlebridge men in the Junior singles, with Eugene Kelly eventually getting the best of his clubmate David Kenny as he came from a set down to triumph 16-21, 21-18, 21-14.

One of the final pairings for the Junior doubles has also been decided, with St. Mary's duo Paddy Haughton and Matthew Hynes winning two close sets against Mick Armstrong and Niall Maher from Kilmyshall, 21-20, 21-19.

Pádhraic Roberts secured his place in the final of the Junior 'B' singles after he beat Stephen Murphy from Castlebridge. The Kilmyshall man, who has been in fine form this season, triumphed 21-0, 21-16.

James Stanners from St. Martin's pulled off a huge win in the semi-final of the Junior 'C' singles as he had too much in the tank for Eamon Codd from Bridgetown and advanced 21-3, 21-11.

David Cleary and Seamie O'Neill from Ballymitty will meet Fintan Furlong and Tommy Hardy in the final of the Junior 'C' doubles. Cleary and O'Neill had a walkover in their semi-final, while Furlong and Hardy from St. Mary's had to beat James Nolan and Timmy Farrell from Kilmyshall 21-3, 21-18.

Kilmyshall winners featured in the semi-finals of the Junior 'D' doubles as Laurence Dunne and Alan Armstrong were victorious in a classic, getting the better of New Ross duo Tommy Doran and Ned Berry 19-21, 21-10, 21-14.

J.R. Finn from Ballymitty was a fine winner in the semi-final of the Over-35 singles as he came through 21-16, 21-20 against James Stanners from St. Martin's.

Group game results: Over-35 doubles, Alan O'Neill and J.R. Finn (Ballymitty) beat Fintan Furlong and Tommy Hardy (St. Mary's), 21-3, 21-4; Emerald Masters 'B' doubles, Michael Rossiter and Billy Rossiter (Ballyhogue) beat Aiden Sinnott and Mylie Byrne (Ballymitty), 21-14, 20-21, 21-18; women's beginners' singles: Claire Cousins (St. Mary's) beat Carrie Hanrahan (Castlebridge), 15-3, 4-15, 15-10; Máire Busher (Bridgetown) beat Marguerite Keeling (St. Joseph's), 15-2, 15-0.

The GAA Handball One Wall nationals took place last weekend in Breaffy Resort Hotel and while no Wexford players were to win titles, three made it to finals.

The three players also hail from the One Wall centre of Wexford in St. Joseph's as Josh and Daniel Kavanagh and Pat Leacy all qualified for finals.

In the boys' Under-13 final, Josh Kavanagh lost out to Eimhin O Diollúin from Galway who was a commanding 21-18 winner. Josh's brother, Daniel, lost out in the final of the boys 17 and under singles as he was beaten by Tadhg O'Neill from Cork 12-9.

Pat Leacy was beaten in the final of the Ruby Masters grade 31-7 by a very strong Seán Devlin from Louth.

This event was the final chance for players to earn a place on the official Irish team for the World Handball championships, and with the deadline for entries now closed the countdown is well and truly on for the championships based in Calgary that serve off on August 10, with numerous Wexford players travelling with realistic title ambitions.

Fixtures - Wednesday, July 8: at Barntown, 7.30 p.m., Over-35 doubles, Seamie O'Neill and Paddy Quirke (Ballymitty) v. Fintan Furlong and Tommy Hardy (St. Mary's).

Friday, July 10: at Barntown, 8 p.m., Over-35 doubles, Alan O'Neill and J.R. Finn (Ballymitty) v. John Murphy and Seán Nolan (Kilmyshall).

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