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Irish 60 x 30 Nationals Review

posted 26 Jul 2016, 08:50 by Martin Lalor

Ducksy Rolls Back the Years

In the 60 x 30 Irish Nationals played in local courts at the weekend, Ducksy Walsh rolled back the years to produce a vintage display to win the Open event. Played at venues in Kilkenny, Carlow, Wexford and Tipperary the Nationals were very well supported by players and coaches, with many top class matches on display over the two days. Kilkenny players had a great weekend when winning the Open event, Girls 13 and under, Boys 15 and under and Girls 17 and under and Ladies B/C grades.

The Open grade was played in Cashel and Talbots Inch over the two days, with the semi- finals and final taking place at the Kilkenny venue on Sunday. Following his quarter final victory over Brian Carroll (Meath) at the Tipperary court on Saturday, Ducksy returned to his home court on Sunday where he defended a long standing record of never being beaten in a Singles tie at Talbots Inch in his adult career. His early morning semi-final against Dominic Lynch (Kerry) resulted in 15-8, 15-2 win for the Kilkenny star and put him in the final where he faced Eoin Kennedy (Dublin).  Having lost to the Dubliner on a number of previous occasions, Ducksy was anxious to get one up on his long term rival. Producing some vintage handball he won the first set 15-9, led 11-0 in the second before sealing the win when closing out the match 15-10. This was one of his finest performances for many years and will certainly make most players reluctant to face him in the upcoming Senior championships.

Elsewhere, Noelle Dowling (Mothel) and Amy Brennan (Galmoy) were crowned the 13 and under champions when defeating Tipperary’s Siobhain Prentice and Amy McKeogh, and in Girls 17 and under, Dearbhail O’Keeffe and Aoife Holden (Kilfane) beat the Roscommon / Clare pairing of Fiona Tully and Aoife Floyd. The Clogh duo of Kyle Dunne and Billy O’Neill defeated fellow Kilkenny players, Jack Holden and Jack Buggy 15-7, 15-11.The Kilkenny / Dublin combination of Deirdre Purcell and Meadhbh Ni Dhalaigh won both their matches in their Ladies B/C to claim the title. Kilkenny also contested the Boys 13 and under final where Billy Drennan (Galmoy) and Jack Doyle (Windgap) lost to Wexford’s Mark Doyle and Josh Kavanagh, 15-10, 12-15, 8-11 in a very tight match, and in Boys 17 and under, Shane Dunne and Ciaran Cooney lost to Tipperary’s Jerome Cahill and James Prentice in another three set match, 15-8, 10-15, 4-11. There was also success for Kilkenny in the Girls 15 and under plate was won by Edel Mulhollnad (O’Loughlins) and Roisin O’Keeffe (Kilfane), Brian Mahon and Padraig Cooney won the Mens B plate and in the Ladies Open third place play off, Ciara Mahon (Clogh) was too strong for Aishling O’Keeffe (Cork) 25-3.

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