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posted 17 Nov 2011, 15:05 by Unknown user

A most successful hosting and a
heartbreak in a tiebreak were the local story’s from the second
weekend of the Handball Nationals that took place in Windgap and
across the South East over the weekend. Played on Saturday and Sunday
at thirteen venues that included Kilkenny clubs Lisdowney,
Goresbridge, Clogh, Kells, O’Loughlins, Muckalee, Galmoy and Windgap
along with five other venues in counties Carlow and Laois the event
attracted a record of three hundred and fifty two youth players.
Supported by their families and mentors the staging of the finals was
also a major economic boost to the area through Hotel Booking and
meals. Adding to the Interest in the Nationals was the selection of
the 2011 Irish Junior International GAA Handball Team to travel to
Tucson, Arizona later in the Year. For the other players the World
Championships in Dublin's Citywest Events Centre in 2012 is the next
big target.
On Saturday the nine game programme commenced in Windgap at nine
thirty and continued till seven in the evening. Amongst the games
played were the Boys 19, 15, 13 & Under Singles competitions. In the
Round Robin Under 19 "B" Section that was not resolved until the
second last ace was scored local player Shane went down to Alan
Armstrong from the St David’s in Wexford in a tie break by 17-21,
21-18, 11-8 in the first game of the day. In the second tie Shane
Walsh defeated Anthony Crotty of Ballyporeen in another tiebreaker by
8-21, 21-19 and 11-7. In the final game of the section Anthony Crotty
recovered to defeat Alan Armstrong 21-10, 21-10. With all players
having recorded a win a count back of aces saw the Ballyporeen man pip
Shane for a final place with 89 aces scored as against 87. In the
under Boys 13 & Under "A" Singles games: Barry Loughnane from Clooney
Quinn in County Clare defeated Sean Mulkerrins of Sean Nós dancing
fame and a member of the Mulkerrins Brothers who won the RTE 2009 New
Talent Show from (Inis Mor) 15-14, 15-13. In the same grade Daniel
Kavanagh from St Joseph’s club in Wexford defeated Barry Loughnane 15
-10 15-7 and Gerome Cahill, Ahorna, Tipperary defeated Sean Muddiman
of Leixlip 15-9 13-15 11-3. In the next round Gerome Cahill defeated
Matthew McCarthy, Brackey, Tyrone, 15 -10, 15-10. In the under Boys 15
& Under A Singles: Brian Fahy from Tulla in County Clare defeated
Dylan Sheridan from Kells in Meath 21-17, 21-10. .  In the
quarterfinal Ramunas Ramuskas from Monaghan Harps over came Brian Fahy
21-11 21-15.
On Sunday morning in the Boys 15 & Under B Singles semi final: Aidan
Kearns Ballydesmond of Cork defeated Michael Maher Ballyporeen 15-14
15-8. In the Boys 19&Under B Singles Final: Anthony Crotty who won out
the section on Saturday  took the title over Colum Kearney of
Ballydesmond with a 21-7, 4-21, 11-8 victory
Elsewhere in O Loughlins in the Boys 11 & Under Doubles Round Robin
Sections Ronan Curran and Antoin Fox from the Loughmacrory Club in
Sligo defeated Robert Dowling, Mothel and Jack Hayes from Windgap. In
the Girls 11 & Under Doubles Section A: Sorcha Delaney Clogh and
Margaret Foley, Windgap played Michaela McCartan and Emer Kerr from
Brackey and Emer Phelan and Cliondha O'Connell from Coolgreaney in
Wexford. Over in Cullohill in the Girls 13 & Under B Singles:  Aine
Dunne Windgap played Laura Philpott, Kilkishen and in Monavea on
Saturday in the Boys 15 & Under A Singles: Coughlan Clooney Quinn
played Emmett Landy from Windgap.
Over the two days Phillip Lonergan, John Ryan and Michael O’Shea
refereed the games as Gerard Doyle, Michael  Grace and Simon Brophy
looked after the facilities whilst Caoimhe O’Shea manned the Kitchen
that was supplied from many quarters.