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Handball Weekend was a Huge Success

posted 25 Apr 2016, 13:13 by Martin Lalor   [ updated 25 Apr 2016, 13:15 ]
In what was a feast of handball last weekend, Kilkenny supporters were treated to some top class matches. Along the way, local players collected two All Ireland titles, while contesting two more finals.

From a Kilkenny view, the action started in Clogh on Friday night when Joe Anthony (Mullinavat) and Gerry Murphy Columba (Goresbridge) contested the Diamond Masters B Doubles final against Columba Holleran and Jimmy Sheridan from Mayo. The first two sets were shared equally, 21-9, 21-6 and in the third, and deciding game, the Westerners finished the stronger, securing the title with a 21-14 victory.

On Saturday morning in O’Loughlins  Ciáran Neary and Brendan Burke were the first Kilkenny pair in action when they played Tyrone’s Johnny Woods and Conor McElduff in the Intermediate Doubles decider. The Talbots Inch/ Kells pair played second fiddle to the impressive Red Hand men, but were also unlucky not to bring the match to the third, and deciding set. Having lost the first game 21-11, Ciáran and Brendan piled on the pressure in the second, but their late charge came up short as they lost the second game 21-18.

In the second match on the programme, Michael Duxie Walsh and DJ Carey confirmed their favourites tag when defeating Sean Devine and Seamus O’Tuama (Antrim) in the Masters A Doubles final. Former Senior All Ireland champions, Duxie and DJ were never in any real danger of losing and were comfortable 21-11, 21-12 winners.

At Clogh on Saturday morning Johnny Brennan (Mothel) and Joe Hennessy (O’Loughlins) secured the Emerald Masters A Doubles crown with a hard fought win over Antrim’s Thomas Maguire and Tony Caddell. Having lost to the same opposition at the semi final stage last year, Johnny and Joe made no mistake this time round with a 21-19, 21-15 win over the Northern duo.

Also recognised at the weekend was former Irish Handball President, Tommy O’Brien as the cup presented to the Senior Doubles winners was in his name, a fitting tribute to a man who gave so much to Handball.