Thursday 17 October 2019

Finals get under way tonight

TONIGHT (WEDNESDAY) sees the beginning of the finals in the Wexford Farmers Co-Op 40 x 20 singles, with two different venues supplying handball.

In Bree the action gets under way at 7.15 p.m., with Fintan Doyle and County Chairman Ricky Barron from Barntown against Pechelli English and James Freeman in the Over-35 doubles final, with the Davidstown pair starting as slight favourites for the title.

The second part to the programme in Bree sees the Under-21 singles final take place. Jim Berry and Jason Murphy clash in this contest and it is very hard to predict a result, with a very close outcome expected.

Moving to Horeswood, the first of a two-game programme sees the final of the Junior 'D' singles. A grade that was re-invented this season now sees two men standing near the winner's table.

Paul Reddy from Ballymitty is up against Michael Busher from Bridgetown, and the latter may have a slight advantage, coming off some good results in inter-varsities handball during the winter months.

Tomorrow (Thursday) may be April Fool's Day, but there won't be many fools on show in Piercestown as there is a three-game programme in prospect.

The Minor singles final kicks off at 6.30 p.m. with Patrick Curran up against Andy Cash or Luke Connors in the final. The Intermediate singles final is eagerlyawaited as David Redmond (Templeudigan) and Darren O'Toole from Coolgreany, All-Ireland 60 x 30 doubles champions last season, put their partnership to one side and once again a very close game is expected.

The Senior doubles decider is the final game on Thursday night in Piercestown where Barry McWilliams and Benny Doyle have a pretty daunting task as they take on Gavin Buggy and Tommy Hynes from St. Mary's, with the Wexford town men favourites for the title.

Another eagerly-awaited final is in the Junior singles. Peter Hughes, who has been blazing a trail of glory from America to Ireland over the past year or so, meets a former world champion in Martin Doran from Horeswood. Doran may have all the skills of the game but fitness may be the winner here, with Hughes expected to take the title in Coolgreany.

The second game in Coolgreany on Tuesday night next is the Under-21 doubles final. Jason Murphy and Andy Cash from Oulart will be the favourites for the title when they meet Michael Sinnott and Eamonn Murphy from Oulart.

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