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2011 One wall Championship

posted 26 Jul 2011, 08:40 by Unknown user   [ updated 26 Jul 2011, 08:49 ]
ONE WALL COUNTY HANDBALL: The third County one wall championships were held in Windgap on Sunday 17th when eighteen players contested the three grades Open, Masters “A” and Master “B”. Played in cool and sometimes misty conditions that suited the players more than last years blistering heat the contestants had the breeze to their backs as they faced into the courts tucked into the hill underneath the parochial house. On the day new champions were crowned in all grades as Eamon Purcell of Windgap took his first Masters "A" at the third attempt. In the semi he defeated the reigning champion and his brother Jimmy and the previous champion Paul Dowling of Mothel in the final. In the Masters "B" Final Windgap Club secretary Michael O'Shea defeated the holder Eddie English of Goresbridge in two close fought games. In the Open competition played on a round robin basis Ger. McGrath from Kells defeated his clubmate Dan Breen in two games to take the title. In the Open shield final local clubman Shane Walsh and Michael Fennelley of Kells played a three game thriller before the Kells man took the game on a score of two games to one. Other participants in the Open that attracted a number of debutantes were John Fitzgerald, Fergal Lalor and Ger. Anthony whilst John Ryan, Liam Mahon, Michael Dalton, Jimmy Shanahan, Tom McGrath, and Simon Walsh participated in the Masters. From eleven to five the new kitchen in the clubhouse was manned by Orlaith O'Shea, Julie Walsh and Kathleen Purcell as they dispersed the endless supply of home cooking that kept players, supporters and visiting officials in top condition. Hosted by the local Club  the event was attended by County Chairman Joe Anthony and Leinster secretary Liam Mahon.