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Kilfane and Galmoy Boys Clinch Feile Handball Title

posted 15 Jun 2017, 10:30 by Martin Lalor


In the annual Feile na nGael handball festival held in Carlow and Wexford on Saturday, teams from Kilfane and Galmoy were  crowned champions in the Boys  Division I competitions. With large entries in all boys and girls grades, this was one of the most successful Feile handball events held in many years.

From a Kilkenny point of view, there were teams from Kilfane, Clogh, Kells, Windgap, Galmoy and Glenmore entered in various grades. Competition was very tough in all the matches, with some excellent handball on display throughout the day.

In the traditional 60 x 30 court, the Kilfane team of Conor Holden, Kyle Jordan, Sean O Keeffe, David Holden and Eanna O Keeffe were in tremendous form when storming to the Division 1 title. Playing in Castlebridge in Wexfrod, they defeated two teams from Tippereary, Lahorna and Ballina, and Taghmon from the host county. This was a fantastic win for the club as all the players are under age again in 2018.

In the Boys 40 x 20 Division 1 competition, Galmoys faced stiff competition from last year’s champions, Windgap, along with Breacach from Tyrone and Tuamgraney from Clare. The North Kilkenny outfit were in top form on the day at the St.Josephs court in Wexford, and their team of Billy Drennan, Daniel Hanrahan, John Doheny, Gearoid Phelan, Niall Drennan were deserving winners when defeating the Clare outfit in the decider.

Elsewhere, the Kells team of Ciaran Phelan, Harry Delaney, Matthew O Sullivan, Ryan Grace, John O Brien contested the Boys 40 x 20 Division 4 final losing out to Boherbue from Cork, and in the Girls 40 x 20 Division 2 plate final, their team of  Rachel Doherty, Orla Buckley, Ailise Mahony, Nadine Brennan, Sarah Condon defeated Cullohill, Laois. The Clogh girls team of Amy Brennan, Lauren Power, Aisling Cooney, Katie Brennan, Holly Byrne were Division 1 plate runners-up. Luke Flanagan represented Clogh in Division 3 Feile skills and Amy Brennan represented Clogh in girls division 1 Feile skills. Congratulations to Luke who won a bronze medal and Amy who won silver.

Overall it was a satisfying day for Kilkenny as it confirmed the county’s leading position in juvenile handball.

The teams from County Kilkenny that competed in the annual Feile na nGael festival of handball.

Galmoy (1) Billy Drennan, Daniel Hanrahan, John Doheny, Gearoid Phelan, Niall Drennan
Galmoy (2) Jay Maguire, Adam Duggan, Cathal Phelan, Billy Garrett, Padraig O Grady
Windgap (1) Sean Barron, Sean Purcell, Adam O Shea, Blade O Gorman
Windgap (2) Killian Doyle, Zak Kennedy, Jamie Joy, Karl McCoy
Windgap girls Sontae Jackson, Cliodhna O Shea, Nathania Jackson, Eimear Smith, Emer Barron
Glenmore Mikey Kirwan, Cian Connick, Dominic Roche, Colm Roche, William Holden
Clogh Luke Flanagan, Dominic Bolster, Michael Brennan, Eamonn Power, Bobby Brennan
Clogh girls Amy Brennan, Lauren Power, Aisling Cooney, Katie Brennan, Holly Byrne
Kells Ciaran Phelan, Harry Delaney, Matthew O Sullivan, Ryan Grace, John O Brien
Kells girls Rachel Doherty, Orla Buckley, Ailise Mahony, Nadine Brennan, Sarah Condon
Kilfane Conor Holden, Kyle Jordan, Sean O Keeffe, David Holden, Eanna O Keeffe

Feile skills entrants
Galmoy (1) Billy Drennan, Galmoy (2) Jay Maguire, Windgap (1) Sean Barron, Windgap (2) Jamie Joy, Windgap girls Sontae Jackson, Clogh Luke Flanagan, Clogh girls Amy Brennan
Kells Harry Delaney, Kells girls Rachel Doherty and Kilfane 60x30 Kyle Jordan

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