Noel adds to success
Handball win follows football triumph
The third week of handball finals in the small alleys of county Wexford took place last week.
Noel Holohan from Templeudigan picked up his first county title in a few years as he defeated Benny Doyle from Horeswood in the Intermediate singles final in Piercestown on Monday. Holohan was quick out of the traps in the first game and held an 11-0 advantage before Doyle responded well, but ultimately Holohan had enough done early to win the set 21-13.
The second set saw Doyle improve big time and he was in the winning position, but Holohan finished the strongest for a 21-17 win as he added an Intermediate handball medal to the Intermediate football medal he picked up with St. James' late in 2014.
Galen Riordan from Ballyhogue is really coming of age on the county scene and he had a stunning win over Darren O'Toole from Coolgreany in the Junior singles. Both players are known for great fighting spirit and both have been big names on the provincial and national scene in recent years in their respective age groups and grades.
Riordan took the opening set 21-18. Super-fit O'Toole is always hard to out-muscle but some great shots from Riordan saw him home in the second set also on a 21-15 scoreline to capture the Junior title.
Marguerite Gore was crowned champion in the women's Junior singles as she beat her St. Mary's clubmate, Holly Hynes, in a great final. Both players, who are training really hard, bring the best out of each other.
Gore won this battle against Hynes on a 21-18, 21-8 scoreline, and it was a case of the master triumphing over the student. One thing's for sure: there will be lots more battles between them in the future to look forward to.
Keith Armstrong and Niall Maher collected the honours in the Junior 'B' singles, winning a very close final against Micheál Busher and Robert Byrne from Bridgetown. The opening set of three was won by the Kilmyshall duo on a 21-14 scoreline, but the second set was won by the Bridgetown duo who took control early with some good serving and kill shots. However, with their warning received, the men in red and white really upped their game and were awesome in the third set, winning on a 21-4 scoreline.
Seán Stanners won another great final to be crowned Junior 'C' singles champion as he held off a strong challenge from Robert Doyle from St. Joseph's. St. Martin's man Stanners was victorious on a 21-15, 21-17 scoreline.
Stanners completed a Junior 'C' double when he was joined by James Stanners to win the doubles championship. In a fantastic three-set final, the Stanners duo lost the opening set to Danny and Fergal McWilliams 21-20. However, from there the St. Martin's pair took over and completed the job 21-4, 21-14.
David Stanners made it a hat-trick of titles for the family when he won the Junior 'D' singles championship by beating his St. Martin's clubmate Paddy Curran 17-21, 21-13, 21-11.
Damien Kelly and Ned Connors from Coolgreany joined forces to win a very competitive Masters 'B' doubles. The Gorey District men were 21-20, 21-13 winners against Ballymitty pair Shane Rossiter and Phil Coleman.
Mick Rossiter from Ballyhogue was the winner of the Emerald Masters singles when he defeated Jimmy Dunne from Kilmyshall on a 21-8, 21-1 scoreline, while in the Diamond Masters doubles the title also went to Ballyhogue as Billy Rossiter and Sonny Sheil played some fantastic handball to beat John Bail and Jim Bergin on a 21-14, 21-8 scoreline.
Legends results: Jim Bergin and Ger McWilliams beat Mick McGrath and Pat Lacey 2-1; Mick Flood and Ger McWilliams beat Pat Lacey and Billy Molloy 2-1.
Women's beginners competition: Máire Busher and Marguerite Keeling beat Claire Cousins and Nadine Lambert 3-0
40 x 20 final fixture - Monday, January 26, at St. Joseph's, Senior open doubles, Tommy Hynes and Colin Keeling (St. Mary's) v. Gavin Buggy and Paul Lambert (St. Joseph's), 7.15pm.