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Kells beat Kells

posted 27 Nov 2016, 23:39 by Martin Lalor

Kells get the Better of Kells in Cracking Leinster Final

 

The first title of the new 40 x 20 season was won by the Kells (Kilkenny) Open team when defeating Kells (Meath) in a thrilling Leinster final at Tinryland. In a battle of the heavyweights of the province, the two teams served up a tremendous contest last Wednesday night.

First up for the Kilkenny outfit was Peter Funchion who played the highly experienced Brian Carroll in two games to twenty one aces. Playing some quality handball from the start, Funchion came out on top in both sets, winning 21-13, 21-12, to give his side a seventeen ace advantage going into the Doubles contest. Representing Kells (Kilkenny) were Brian Minogue and Brendan Burke, and they came up against the very strong pairing of Tom and Michael Sheridan. Although losing both games, Brian and Brendan put in a solid performance to keep their team in contention going into the last Singles. The Meath outfit won the Doubles games, 21-17, 21-7 to give their side a one ace lead heading for the last brace of games. Here, Patrick Funchion and Gary McConnell faced off to decide the winners of the provincial title. Winning the first set, 21-16, Patrick swung the initiative in Kilkenny’s favour, and the older Funchion brother completed the memorable win when taking the second game 21-9 to seal an 108-92 victory.

The Kells team of Peter Funchion, Brian Minogue, Brendan Burke, Patrick Funchion and Dan Breen now progress to the All-Ireland series in two weeks time.

In the Junior B match between Windgap and St. Brigids (Dublin), the Liffeysiders were too strong on the night, and progressed to the next stage of the competition. The South Kilkenny outfit of; Eamonn Hawe, Philip Lonergan, PJ Barron and Sean Barron were beaten108-81 in a hard fought contest.

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