Gavin and 'Duxie' display fine form
GAVIN BUGGY and Michael 'Duxie' Walsh are two players in fine form in the early stages of the 40 x 20 Acme Blinds winter handball leagues, and both players had fine wins during the past week.
In a clash of two big hitters in the Wexford handball scene, it was Buggy who got the better of Barry Goff after a three-set thriller. Buggy began in impressive fashion and took the opening set 21-7.
However, recent All-Ireland 60 x 30 doubles champion Goff stung back into life in the second game to win 21-7.
The third set was a race to eleven and it was Buggy who came up with the required amount quickest, taking the decider 11-7.
Michael 'Duxie' Walsh wasted little time in disposing of Jerome Willoughby on a 21-6, 21-9 scoreline. John Ryan from Borris was another winner in the premier division as he disposed of Keith Kavanagh from Wicklow 18-21, 21-5, 11-2.
Pat O'Donnell kept up his good form in Division 1 with an impressive win over Shem Kelly as the Wicklow man downed the Kilkenny man 21-8, 21-17.
In Division 2 the winners were John Rossiter from Garryhill and Stephen Barcoe from Goresbridge as they disposed of James Gregan and Jason Murphy, with both games going to tie-breakers, showing the very close nature of this division.
In Division 3, Ned Kiely got the better of Anthony Martin by two games to nil, Ollie Ryan beat Mick Armstrong on a similar scoreline, while Pechelli English beat recent All-Ireland winner David Kenny also on the same scoreline.
There were three games in Division 4 and two of these went to a tie-breaker. John Roche was a close winner over Michael Busher from Bridgetown, while Seán Stanners from St. Martin's was a similarly close winner over Seán Ryan from Garryhill.
In the third game of this group, Martin Mullins took all three points on offer against Paul Dowling.
Division 5 served up four fantastic matches that went to deciding sets as Shane Rossiter, Damien Kelly, J.R. Finn and Frank Maddock all had wins, beating Diarmuid Burke, Martin Clancy, Andrew Dowling and James Smith respectively.
Division 7: Ricky Barron (Barntown) beat Phil Coleman (Ballymitty), 2-1.
Division 8: Nicky Curran (St. Martin's) beat Kevin Doyle (Davidstown), 2-1.
Division 9: Sonny Sheil (Ballyhogue) beat Jimmy Neary (Kilkenny), 2-1; Seán Flood (St. Joseph's) beat Dom Stafford (Davidstown), 2-1.
Division 10: Kevin Barrett beat Har Leacy, 2-1.
Division 11: Richard Martin Jnr. beat Enda O'Donohoe, 2-0; Cian Lawlor beat John Bail, 2-1.
Division 12: Tom O'Shea beat Stephen Murphy, 2-1; John Mahon beat Pat Leacy, 2-0; Noel Sinnott beat Tom Dempsey, 2-0; Tommy Hardy beat Walter Lawlor, 2-0.
Division 13: Kevin Rossiter beat P.J. Leacy, 20.
Division 14: James Maddock beat David Fortune, 20; Brian Kehoe beat Liam Shannon, 2-0.
Division 15: Alan Armstrong beat Ryan Bates, 20.
Ladies' Premier Division: Chloe Cash beat Lorraine Maddock.
Under-10 boys' singles: Richard Lawlor beat Cathal Connolly; Gavin Lawlor beat Emmet Nolan; Cian Browne beat Seán Kelly; Josh Kavanagh beat Josh McMahon; Josh Howlin beat Colm Kiely; Richard Browne beat Cian Kehoe; Diarmuid Moore beat Kiall Whitmore.
Under-11 boys' singles: Colm Parnell beat Ciarán Power; James Crean beat Tre Long; Ciarán Connolly beat Cormac Cooney; Todd Hynes beat Ben Barnes.
Under-12 boys' singles: Adam Walsh beat Max Barnes; Adam Hanrahan beat Dylan Kehoe; Enda Minogue beat Ciarán Power; Jordan Barnes beat Seán Banville.
Under-13 boys' singles: Danny McWilliams beat Liam Rossiter; Anthony Browne beat Gavin Connolly.
Under-14 boys' singles: Keith Armstrong beat Seamus Sinnott.
Under-11 girls' singles: Cliodhna O'Connell beat Elle Murphy; Caley Furlong beat Cliodhna O'Connell; Cory Doyle beat Eva Creane; Emer Phelan beat Chloe Ennis; Siobhán Elmes beat Andrea Carley; Emer Phelan beat Cora Doyle.
Under-12 girls' singles: Holly Hynes beat Emer Codd; Katie Slaven beat Mary Barrett; Emma Goff beat Becky Hamilton; Jessie Morrissey beat Mary Barrett.
Under-14 girls' singles: Aoife O'Neill beat Courtney Browne.