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Historic  Féile na nGael Handball Victory for Windgap

Windgap captured their first ever Féile na nGael National Handball title for boys when they had a single ace to spare when they defeated Monivea of Laois by eleven aces to ten in the tiebreaker in the final played on Saturday evening. In the girls competition the first ever Féile na nGael ladies medal came to the parish when Catherine Foley was a member of the victorious Goresbridge side.

Team with trainer pat Walsh Micheal o'Shea and Liam mahon Leinster Handball 

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In the boys opening game, Darragh O’Shea partnering Emmett Landy and Paraic Walsh partnering William Phelan won their doubles games against Monaghan Harps to collect two points. They then went on to share the spoils with Kiltimagh (Mayo), and Garryhill of Carlow in a tightly contested competition that had four sides in contention entering the fourth round. In their last game the side needed to win one of their final two games or accumulate twenty five aces against the home side Monivea to ensure qualification for the final. Having taken the first game 21-13 and ensuring a place in the final Niall Walsh joined his brother Paraic in the final game.

Facing into the final at six fifteen after a long day since eleven the toll on the five players who had participated in the Cumann Na mBunscoileanna hurling final the previous evening was a mentors worry. With the home supporters turning up in numbers the sides took the court and after the two doubles games the sides stood level after Darragh and Emmett took the first game and Monivea won the second over Paraic Walsh and William Phelan. 
As a result the rules stated that the title was to be decided on a tiebreaker game of eleven aces. In it William and Emmett took the court and in a thriller were tied at two, four, eight, and ten aces. With Windgap having being knocked out on game ball, Monivea got in and served twice for the title and were also knocked out before Windgap got back in to serve and won it in the final play by eleven aces to ten.

The Windgap team was: Paraic Walsh, Emmett Landy, Darragh O’Shea, William Phelan, Niall Walsh. Mentors Michael O’Shea, Pat Walsh
Compliments were extended to the Monivea Club who looked after catering for the visiting teams for the day at which Handball President Tony Hannon and Leinster representative Liam Mahon were among the many dignitaries who attended.

On Monday afternoon the club officers Gerard Doyle and Michael O’Shea visited the National school with the team and the National Trophy where they met all the teachers and the pupils. Outlining the game they invited all from eight to eighty to give it a try particularly on the Clubs hurling wall which was ideal to get started on. 

With Mentors Micheal O'Shea and Gerard Doyle in School Yard