Wednesday 24 January 2018

Successful weekend for Model handballers

Leinster Juvenile Finals

Two outstanding Leinster juvenile 60x30 handball finals took place on Thursday night last with Wexford claiming two more Leinster titles as Josh Kavanagh claimed the under-14 provincial title with a fine win over Kyle Dunne from Kilkenny.

The under-13 doubles final was also a successful affair for the Model county as Jimmy Goggins and Tommy Connors triumphed over Sean Barron and Sean Purcelll from Kilkenny.

Adult 60x30 Championships

It was a successful week for Wexford handballers on the 60x30 courts of Ireland as the adult championships really stepped up a notch with All-Ireland semi-final now under way.

The senior doubles was the starting point for competitions as Tommy Hynes and Gavin Buggy were victorious in the last 16 of the championships as they were too strong for Limerick pair Paidi Quish and Paul Hedderman on a 21-6, 21-16 score line.

Up next for the pairing is the quarter-final where they will meet senior singles champion Robbie McCarthy and his Westmeath partner David Mulaniff next Saturday in Talbot's Inch at 1pm.

Gavin Buggy qualified for the All-Ireland final of the over-35 A singles with a very impressive 21-18, 21-13 win over Dominic Lynch from Kerry in St Mary's on Sunday afternoon last.

Gavin will be joined by Barry McWilliams for the semi-final of the over-35 A doubles on Wednesday night next in Kerry at 6pm against Dominic Lynch and JJ Quirke from the Kingdom.

Noel Holohan lost out in the semi-final of the over-35 B singles competition as he was defeated by the John Ferncombe from Tipperary in Thurles on Thursday night last, as the man from the Premier county was a 21-18, 21-3 winner on the night.

John Bail was on the winning mood in on Sunday last in St Mary's when he absolutely pulverised Martin Kelly from Tipperary on a whopping 21-0, 21-1 score line and marches onto the final of the Diamond Masters B singles.

The third of the hat-trick of wins in St Mary's on Sunday last was the most impressive of all as Gaelon Riordan put on an absolute exhibition of handball in the semi-final of the under-21 singles against David Hayes from Tipperary.

The first game saw the players level on about eight occasions before at 11-11 Riordan stepped the game up to a level that Hayes was unable to life with and he romped home to a 21-12, 21-1 victory.

In the coming week there is plenty of action for the Model county with Tommy Hynes and Paul Carthy travelling to Clonmel at 7.30pm on Wednesday night next to play Paul Mullins and Eddie Farrell from Tipperary in the masters A doubles semi-final.

On Saturday next a double header in Taghmon from 1pm sees the minor doubles semi-final gets underway with Daniel Kavanagh and Anthony Butler against James Prentice and Jerome Cahill from Tipperary, this game will be followed by the golden masters B doubles semi-final where Mike Kelly and Brendan Ryan travel from Tipperary to play home pairing frank Maddock and Mick Carthy.

Meanwhile in Hospital, County Limerick on Saturday at 1pm first up is the silver masters B doubles semi-final as Mike O'Connor and Donal McCarthy from Limerick host Damien Kelly and John Roche.

This game will be followed by an eagerly awaited junior doubles semi-final as Eugene Kelly and David Kenny take on the Treaty county men JP O'Connor and Mike O'Toole.

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