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Kilkenny had a number of players competing in the 40x20 Nationals held in Wexford.

posted 10 May 2011, 10:23 by Unknown user   [ updated 11 May 2011, 15:43 ]
Kilkenny had a number of players competing in the 40x20 Nationals held in

In the Mens B Ciaran Neary(Talbots Inch) came through a tough field to qualify
for the semi final of Mens B where he lost out to eventual winner Jerome
Willoughby(Wicklow) in two tight games.Hopefully next season Ciaran can go a
step further and make it to the final of this tough grade.


Dan Breen(Kells) received a w/o in his semi final and thus qualified for the
final of the U23 B where he played Shane Briody(Cavan). Dan took the first game
21-10 where he displayed some textbook killshots and looked strong going into
the second game. However lady luck deserted him on this occassion and he lost
21-9 and in a gripping tie-break lost 11-9. This was a gruelling game of
handball and the large crowd in attendence applauded both players on a great
game. Hopefully Dan can bounce back next year in the grade where he is still
underage for two years.

Nicky Anthony(Mullinavat) competing in the U23 A category also progressed to the
final at the expense of Jamie Lynch(Clare) whom he defeated in straight sets to
make it to the final. In the final he was up against Killian Carroll(Cork) who
in the weekends beforehand won the Minor Singles and Minor Doubles All Ireland.
Nicky playing the great handball we know he can won the first game. However
Carroll came back strong in the second using his array of killshots to force the
game to another tie break. Nicky unfortunetly suffering with cramps in both legs
by this stage could not keep up with Carroll who won the tie break 11-2

Ciara Mahon(Clogh) was Kilkenny`s sole winner of the weekend where she defeatedall opposition in the Ladies B grade. Ciara playin great handball all weekend
blew away her opposition Marguerite Gore(Wexford) in the final. She never let up
on her opposition and won in straight sets 21-1,21-2. Well done to Ciara who now
moves up to Ladies A next season