Friday, July 27, 2012

Cooney & McCann to reach finals

Cooney & McCann to reach All-Ireland handball finals

Ballymote will host 2 All-Ireland handball semi-finals tomorrow evening. First into action will be Martin Coooney in the Silver Masters B singles category. Cooney from the Castleconnor club had an impressive 21-6, 21-12 victory over Mayo’s George Miller in the Connacht final two weeks ago. Cooney takes on Down’s Sean McNally for a place in this year’s All-Ireland final and should have the necessary fire power to overcome the Ulster champion.
In the following game Francis McCann has home advantage as he faces Monaghan’s Conor McDonnell. McCann chasing his 18th All-Ireland handball title is the reigning champion following his victory over Cavan’s Mickelleen Brady in last year’s final. McCann like Cooney had an impressive Connacht campaign when getting the better of Mayo’s Martin Vahey in the provincial final over 3 games. Both players should progress to the finals

All-Ireland handball championships 60 x 30 semi-finals
Saturday July 28th in Ballymote at 4 p.m
Silver Masters B singles: Martin Cooney v Sean McNally (Down)
Golden Maters A singles: Francis McCann v Conor McDonnell (Monaghan)

Saturday July 28th in Williamstown Galway starting at 11 am
Connacht Juvenile 60 x 30 championships semi-finals
Sligo Juveniles will take centre stage in Williamstown tomorrow in the Provincial semi-finals
Boys U-15 single: Ross Taheny. Taheny is from the Collooney Club and last won a Connacht Juvenile A 60 x 30 title in 2010.
Boys U-16 singles : Jason Earlis: Already has a Connacht title under his belt this year when he claimed the Boys U-16 singles 40 x 20 title. Earlis from the Castleconnor club is a member of the Sligo GAA Juvenile development team that lost to Roscommon last weekend.
Boys U-17 doubles: Tommy Trill & Stanley Harte. Tommy Trill & Stanley Harte both from the Collooney club are expected to do well. Harte teamed up Jason Earlis in last year’s campaign and were just pipped by Waterford for a place in the All-Ireland final. Trill a future great prospect for the club is a very talented and versatile player and has shown glimpses of what he is capable off.
Girls U-15 singles: Aoife Quinn. Castleconnor starlet Aoife Quinn is the sole representatives in the girls grades from Sligo. Quinn surprised many by reaching this years All-Ireland Girls U-15 singles 40 x 20 final but lost out to Cork’s Katie Fleming in straight games. Quinn may struggle in the wider expanses in the bigger 60 x 30 court.

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