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Busy Time at End of Handball Season

posted 29 Sep 2016, 07:33 by Martin Lalor

This weekend will be a very busy time for local handballers as they contest All Ireland Doubles final at three different venues across the country. Along with that, Kilkenny juveniles are involved in a number of All Ireland semi-finals against their Munster counterparts.

This Saturday will be a very special day for the Love family from Clogh as four members will chase All Ireland glory at two different locations. In the first match of the day at St.Comans, Roscommon, Billy Love and partner, Ned Lawlor contest the Emerald Masters B Doubles final against Sligo’s Peter Chambers and Michael Murphy. The Clogh duo had no semi-final opposition but had come through the Leinster championship in impressive form, securing the title when defeating Wexford in three sets. The second match on the programme is the Intermediate Doubles decider between Kilkenny brothers, Daniel and William Love and Cavan’s James and Paul Brady. In their hard fought semi -final victory over Limerick, Daniel and William played some excellent handball, which should set them up nicely for the challenge ahead on Saturday.

On Saturday afternoon at Abbeylara, Longford, Rachel Hogan and Claire Love play Roscommon’s Siobháin Tully and Laura Manion in the All Ireland Ladies Intermediate Doubles decider. The Kilfane /Clogh received a bye in their semi-final against Munster, but on their way to winning the Leinster title, they had a tough battle with Laois. This will be a opportunity for Rachel to make amends for last weekend when she lost the Intermediate Singles final to another Roscommon player, Lauren O’Riordan in two sets.

Also playing at the Midlands venue are Kilfane Aoife Holden and Ailis O’Shea who have reached the Ladies Minor Doubles final. They will also face Roscommon opposition, Fiona Tully and Jennifer McCormack, and will be hoping to repeat their semi-final performance which secured them a place in the decider.

On Sunday at Crinkle, Offaly, Johnny Brennan (Mothel) and Joe Hennessy (O’Loughlins) are favourites to capture the Emerald Masters A Doubles crown when they play Galway’s Jimmy Connaughton and Martin Ward. In a tight semi-final match with Limerick, Johnny and Joe scraped home 21-20 in the third set, which makes them confident of securing the title with a win over the Westerners.


On Sunday, Kilfane and Talbots Inch will play host to the All Ireland Juvenile semi-finals between Leinster and Munster. Local players will contest three girls semi-finals at Kilfane, with the boys playing in three matches at Talbots Inch.


Saturday 1st October

At St. Coman’s, Roscommon

At 11am

EMBD Sligo (Peter Chambers/Michael Murphy) v Kilkenny (Billy Love/Ned Lawlor)

ID Cavan (James Brady/Paul Brady) v Kilkenny (William & Daniel Love)

At Abbeylara, Longford

At 2.30pm

LID Roscommon (Siobhan Tully/Laura Mannion) v Kilkenny (Clare Love/Rachel Hogan)

LMD Roscommon (Fiona Tully/Jennifer McCormack) v Kilkenny (Aoife Holden/Ailis O'Shea)

Sunday 2nd October

At Crinkle, Offaly  

EMAD Galway (Jimmy Connaughton/Martin Ward) v Kilkenny (Johnny Brennan/Joe Hennessy)

Juvenile Fixtures

Leinster v Munster

Sunday 2nd October

 At Kilfane, Kilkenny (OIC Tom O’Keefe 087 6547281)

At 10.30am

GU14S Kilkenny (Rosin O'Keeffe) v Clare (Amber Nolan)

GU15S Wexford (Cliodhna O’Connell) v Limerick (Aisling Shanahan)

GU15D Wexford (Ciara Parnell/Leanne Boland) v Limerick (Keri Murphy/Ciara McCarthy)

GU16S Kilkenny (Dearbhail O'Keeffe) v Cork (Aoife Hurley)

GU16D Kildare (Molly Dagg/Leah Doyle) v Tipperary (Eleanor Percy/Katie Gould)

GU17S Kilkenny (Sorcha Delaney) v Cork (Anna Dunne)


At Talbot’s Inch, Kilkenny (OIC Martin Lawlor 086 8184598)

At 10.30am


BU16D Kilkenny (Ciaran Cooney/Billy O’Neill) v Cork (Conor Walsh/Cian O’Driscoll)

BU14S Wexford (Josh Kavanagh) v Cork (Darragh Ducey)

BU14D Kilkenny (Padraig Foley/Jack Doyle) v Tipperary (Conor O’Dwyer/Jack McGrath)

BU15S Meath (Daniel Farrelly) v Waterford (Michael Kiely)

BU15D Wexford (Cian Kehoe/Josh McMahon) v Tipperary (Cormac Doheny/James Loughnane)

BU16S Kilkenny (Eoin Brennan) v Kerry (Dara Keane)

Byes GU14D Kilkenny (Noelle Dowling/Kellyann Ryan) v Tipperary (Siobhán Prentice/Isabel Farnan) 

No Entries GU17D Kilkenny (Margaret Purcell/Kym Ryan) No Competition