Hynes in top form to beat Buggy
Tommy Hynes (St. Mary's) put in a fantastic performance to beat Gavin Buggy (St. Joseph's) in the final of the Wexford GAA Handball 40 x 20 singles in St. Joseph's handball centre in Bishopswater on Friday.
An emotional Hynes dedicated the win to his father who passed away just before Christmas, after a night when he played some of his best-ever handball in the small court to defeat Buggy. It's not often that Buggy is beaten when a game goes to a third set, but on this occasion it came down to better handball beating fitness. The first game went all the way to the wire before Hynes won it by the minimum (21-20).
Gavin had to up the tempo in the second set and he got an early 11-6 lead. Ultimately Hynes was chasing the game and Buggy was the more comfortable and he saw it out on a 21-13 scoreline.
So, after 90 minutes of handball the crowd was set up for a deciding set. With Hynes appearing to tire towards the end of the second set, it looked like Buggy would triumph like in 2014, but Hynes began strongly and never let Gavin back into the set with some fantastic kills by the winner.
This victory now means that Hynes currently holds both the 60 x 30 and 40 x 20 crowns in the county and he will certainly be in the shake-up in the summer when the big alley action gets under way.
Holly Hynes and Marguerite Gore from St. Mary's joined forces to win the women's Junior doubles title last week when they got the better of Róisín Walsh and Cora Doyle from St. Joseph's. The opening set saw the winners comfortably triumph 21-4, but in the second set they were made to work much harder by the St. Joseph's girls before eventually holding out for a 21-16 win.
Mick Rossiter from Ballyhogue will meet Seán Stanners (St. Martin's) in the final of the Junior 'C' singles after both players won their semi-finals in the past week. Rossiter advanced after beating Jimmy Dunne of Kilmyshall 21-10, 21-5, while in the second semi-final Stanners beat Robert Doyle from St. Joseph's 21-15, 21-17.
Courtney Browne of Coolgreany was crowned queen of Junior 'C' singles handball in Wexford as she beat Tara Doyle from St. Martin's on a 21-14, 21-9 scoreline in the final.
Alan Armstrong and Laurence Dunne from Kilmyshall were victorious in the final of the Junior 'D' doubles. In a close game they defeated Liam Rossiter and Enda Minogue from Ballyhogue on a 21-13, 21-14 scoreline.
The Minor final was a fantastic three-set contest, with former world champion Daniel Kavanagh from St. Joseph's triumphing on a 21-14, 16-21, 21-12 scoreline over the ever-improving Keith Armstrong from Kilmyshall.
Paddy Cheevers (Horeswood) put in a sterling showing to see off James Stanners in the Over-35 singles final on Friday in St. Joseph's handball centre, winning 21-15, 21-10.
David Redmond from Templeudigan beat Robert Byrne from Bridgetown in the Masters 'B' singles championship final 21-5, 17-21, 21-19 after a fantastic game.
Mick Armstrong from Kilmyshall was a comfortable 21-4, 21-12 winner over Eugene English from Ballyhogue in the final of the Golden Masters 'B' singles, while Benny Doyle put in an awesome showing in the final of the Emerald Masters 'A' singles, beating Fintan Doyle 21-5, 21-2.
Darren O'Toole saw his Leinster championship aspirations go up in smoke in the quarter-final stage on Saturday as Daniel Fenlon denied the Coolgreany player in a fantastic game of handball that the Carlow man won on a 14-21, 21-14, 21-17 scoreline.
In the Junior doubles, Noel Holohan and Jason Murphy had to pull out all the stops to beat Andrew Dowling and Peter Whelan from Laois, with the purple and gold duo winning 21-18, 19-21, 21-11.
Michael Busher from Bridgetown came away with a fine win in the last sixteen round, beating Philip Lonergan from Kilkenny 21-16, 21-17.
Barry McWilliams marched on in the Masters 'B' singles as the Horeswood man beat Declan Jordan from Wicklow 21-6, 21-10. Meanwhile, David Redmond was knocked out of the same competition, going down 21-20, 21-10 to Ray Fogarty from Laois.
Legends doubles: Jim Bergin and Mick Flood beat Billy Molloy and Mick McGrath, 3-0.
Women's beginners' doubles: Máire Busher and Caroline Kehoe beat Helen Furlong amd Niamh Howlin, 3-0; Catherine O'Connor and Claire Cousins beat Niamh Howlin and Carrie Hanrahan, 2-1; Catherine O'Connor and Nadine Lambert beat Carrie Hanrahan and Helen Furlong, 2-1.
WEDS. JAN. 14
At St. Joseph's: 7.15 p.m., women's Junior singles, Holly Hynes (St. Mary's) v. Marguerite Gore (St. Mary's); 8 p.m., Senior open doubles, Tommy Hynes and Colin Keeling (St. Mary's) v. Gavin Buggy and Paul Lambert (St. Joseph's).
FRI. JAN. 16
At St. Joseph's: 7.15 p.m., Diamond Masters singles, Jim Doyle (Barntown) v. Tony Breen (Templeudigan); 8 p.m., Diamond Masters doubles, Billy Rossiter and Sonny Sheil (Ballyhogue) . John Bail and Jim Bergin (St. Martin's).
SAT. JAN. 17
At St. Joseph's: 4.45 p.m., Junior 'C' doubles, Seán Stanners and James Stanners (St. Martin's) v. Fergal McWilliams and Danny McWilliams (Horeswood); 5.45 p.m., Junior doubles, Jimmy Goggins and Jimmy Goggins (New Ross) v. Malachy Whelan and John Roche (Castlebridge).