Friday 20 September 2019

Buggy and Carty deliver All-Ireland doubles title

IT WAS another weekend of success for Wexford handball as Gavin Buggy and Paul Carty collected the All-Ireland Over-35 'A' doubles title with an impressive win over Tipperary pair Paul Mullins and Adrian Johnston.

Only two weeks after Mullins had defeated Buggy in the final of the Over-35 singles, revenge was in the air and there was a determination in the St. Mary's duo from Wexford town as they had to dig deep for this win.

The opening set proved to be a real bruising encounter with all four players showing their skills with some ripping kills, hard volleys and glorious passing shots. The model county men took the opening set 21-17.

They were rocked back into their box in the second set as the Tipperary men set about turning the tie in their favour, and they were very impressive in blitzing the Wexford duo 21-7.

However, they burned their fuel too quickly and the third game proved it in quick fashion as Buggy and Carty ran the Premier men around the court and finished the big shots to take the third and final set 21-6 to collect the title.

It was not to be a fairytale end to the season for Castlebridge duo David Kenny and Diarmuid Smyth as they succumbed in the final of the Junior 'B' doubles, going down to Leitrim pair Martin Rafferty and James O'Shea.

Two weeks ago Kenny won the singles title and hopes were high that he could complete the double with his clubmate. However, they met a stronger than expected challenge from the west as the Leitrim men took the honours on a 21-12, 13-21, 21-9 scoreline.

These results bring down the curtain on an amazing 60 x 30 season for the Model county, with numerous titles being collected in underage and adult ranks, with the crowning glory of the season coming almost two weeks ago as the Minor doubles and Senior doubles titles were collected on the same programme in Williamstown, Co. Galway as Colin Keeling and Barry Goff collected the Senior title and stars of the future, Cory Murphy and Dean Corrigan, collected the Minor doubles honours at national level.

This week the blue balls are back in action as the 40 x 20 courts of the county are dusted out and fired up for action with the return of the ACME Blinds and Curtains 40 x 20 Winter leagues. This competition offers the ideal preparation for the 40 x 20 Leinster championships and is growing from strength to strength each year, with players from Laois, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow and Carlow taking part.

There is a huge entry list of over 200 players between 16 adult divisions, while the under-age stars are also catered for with age groups from Under-10 to Under-14 to keep everyone busy as the short evenings come in. One thing is for sure, it will be an amazing Winter league for all handballers of the south-east of Ireland.