Sunday 15 September 2019

Hynes still master

Newcomer gave it a very good lash

Senior singles champion Tommy Hynes (right) with Galen Riordan and Ricky Barron (Co. Chairman)
Senior singles champion Tommy Hynes (right) with Galen Riordan and Ricky Barron (Co. Chairman)
The Taghmon alley hosted finals for the first time in 35 years on Wednesday, with Fintan Furlong and Gavin Goggins (right) beating James and David Stanners in the Over-35 doubles final
Malachy Whelan and David Kenny of Castlebridge (right), winners of the Intermediate doubles, with runners-up Keith Armstrong and Niall Maher (Kilmyshall), and Ricky Barron (Co. Chairman)

Last week saw the beginning of the finals of the Wexford big alley handball season, as 60 x 30 courts all over the county were alive to the sound of alley crackers.

The blue riband event of the championship, the Senior Singles, took place and Tommy Hynes was pretty awesome in his fantastic win of another title.

A new kid on the block, Galen Riordan from Ballyhogue, playing in his first-ever Senior singles final, certainly gave it a good lash and will learn from the experience as Hynes still packs some amazing power in his left hand.

The St. Mary's clubman captured the title on a 21-10, 21-6 scoreline.

The Intermediate doubles title was captured by Castlebridge duo Malachy Whelan and David Kenny as they defeated Kilmyshall pair Keith Armstrong and Niall Maher on a 21-11, 21-13 scoreline.

A second title of the week for Castlebridge was collected by John Roche as he beat Anthony Butler from Ballyhogue in a very good final.

The first set proved crucial and Roche won it on a 21-19 scoreline. He had the momentum then and flew through the second game, winning 21-7.

Roche was not satisfied with one title and collected another later in the week as he was crowned Masters 'B' singles champion as he was too strong for Coolgreany's Damien Kelly on a 21-9, 21-5 scoreline.

It was a clash of brothers in the final of the Junior 'C' singles as St. Martin's men David and James Stanners met, and on this occasion James took the honours, winning a close game 21-12, 21-9.

The same night saw the final of the Junior 'D' singles where Kilmyshall man Alan Armstrong was crowned the winner as he beat Ciarán Busher from Bridgetown 21-12, 21-5.

The Over-35 doubles final saw St. Mary's win a second title of the week as Fintan Furlong and Gavin Goggins got the better of David Stanners and James Stanners from St. Martin's on a 21-20, 21-15 scoreline.

The Emerald Masters 'A' singles final proved to be the best of the week as Benny Doyle from Horeswood overturned a first game defeat to see off a gallant effort from Michael Rossiter from Ballyhogue.

Rossiter won the opening set 21-17 and was so close to victory in the second before Doyle eventually took it 21-19.

The frantic pace and effort of both players did not die there as both went hammer and tongs for the final set, and Doyle took the game 21-17.

The final of the women's Junior 'D' singles saw Carrie Harrington from Castlebridge collect her first-ever county title as she was a 21-20, 0-21, 21-4 winner over Ciara Parnell from Ballyhogue.

The action is set to continue over the coming days as the remaining finals will take place, bringing the busy schedule to a successful conclusion.

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