Ross forge a breakthrough
First title for reformed clubs
The Wexford GAA GAA handball finals of 2015 continued over the past week with four more taking place.
New Ross celebrated a first title since the club re-formed as Jimmy 'Chap' Goggins and Jimmy 'G' Goggins captured the Junior doubles final when they completely out-played John Roche and Malachy Whelan from Castlebridge in the final. The New Ross men were the better pairing from start to finish and the final scoreline of 21-10, 21-10 showed this fact.
The Junior 'B' singles final saw Keith Armstrong continue his fantastic run of form as he added the singles title to the doubles final he won a week earlier with a hard-earned win over Micheál Busher from Bridgetown. The Kilmyshall star, who is nominated for handballer of the year 2014 for his rise in the game, was victorious in the final 21-19, 21-16 over Busher who was also one of his victims in the doubles final.
The Stanners family from St. Martin's have had a wonderful county championships with several titles being won throughout the campaign, with the final win coming in the Over-35 doubles as James and David Stanners won a three-set game against Ballymitty pairing Alan O'Neill and J.R. Finn.
The men in blue and white from Ballymitty took the opening set 21-16, but a close second set was won 21-15 by the Stanners pair, who proved to be the fittest in the end and won the third set on a 21-8 scoreline.
A new idea thought up by county Secretary Tony Breen saw a legends tournament taking place where some of the elder statesmen of Wexford handball showed that they still have the skills and love of the game. The final of this competition took place on Monday in St. Joseph's with Jim Bergin and Mick Flood winning out 21-19, 21-8 over fellow legends Ger McWilliams and Mick McGrath.
Turning to the Leinster 40 x 20 championships, Tommy Hynes put in a fantastic performance to see off D.J. Carey in the Masters 'A' singles championship on Saturday night. Anyone in the know about handball knows that Carey is a serious operator in the small cour,t but he proved no match for Hynes who is on a glorious run of form after seeing off Gavin Buggy in the Senior singles final recently. Hynes was a 21-9, 21-13 winner over the famous Kilkenny sportsman.
Barry McWilliams advanced in the Masters 'B' singles after a 21-2, 21-7 win over fellow Wexford man John Roche, while in the Masters 'B' doubles Mick Carty and P.J. Leacy defeated Kildare duo Gavin Grace and Gary Bugler on a 14-21, 21-16, 21-14 scoreline.
Mick Armstrong inflicted a serious beating on Niall Leavy from Kildare in the Golden Masters 'B' singles, with the Kilmyshall man winning 21-4, 21-4. Benny Doyle continued a fine run of Wexford results by handing out another hammering, this time to Joe Hennessy from Kilkenny on a 21-5, 21-7 scoreline in the Emerald Masters 'A' singles.
In the Emerald Masters 'B' singles, Richie Culleton beat fellow purple and gold player Jimmy Dunne 21-16, 21-11. Two Wexford players advanced in the Diamond Masters 'B' singles last week. John Bail was a 21-12, 19-21, 21-17 winner over Joe Anthony from Kilkenny while Mylie Byrne had a 21-20, 21-8 win over John O'Donnell from Kildare.