Saturday, July 28, 2012

Two Connacht Juvenile titles for Sligo, Cooney & McCann reach All-Ireland handball finals

Harte, Trill & Quinn star for Sligo in Connacht handball titles success

Sligo Juvenile handball players claimed 2 Connacht Juvenile A 60 X 30 titles in Willliamstown Galway last Saturday writes, Michael McGee

Stanley Harte Jnr & Tommy Trill gave a scintillating display in the final of the Boys U-17 doubles final over Mayo’s Nathan Massey& Daniel Bradwell played in Williamstown Galway. Both teams were very evenly matched throughout the contest but when it mattered most Harte & Trill combined well to thwart a Mayo comeback that very nearly happened. Harte who reached the All-Ireland U-17 doubles semi-final last year showed his great experience and appetite in the heat of battle and with Thrill making a welcome return to handball demonstrating his undoubted talents and skills the duo stormed to a great win over their Mayo teenagers.

Castleconnor’s Aoife Quinn captured her second Connacht Juvenile handball title of the year when claiming the Girls U-15 singles in Williamstown Galway today. In the final Quinn played the better handball and controlled the game. In a close first game Quinn held the advantage throughout and powered her way to an impressive win in the second leaving her opponent Emily Sweeney from Mayo scoreless.

Sligo’s other representatives Ross Taheny Boys U-15 singles, Patrick Fox all had to settle for silver in Provincial finals. Jason Earlis reached the semi-final of the Boys U-16 grade

Results Connacht Juvenile A 60 x 30 championships finals:
Girl U-15 singles final: Aoife Quinn dft Emily Sweeney Mayo 15-8, 15-0
Boys U-15 single final: Ross Taheny lost to Neil Joyce (Mayo) 1-15, 6-15.
Boys U-17 Doubles final: Tommy Trill & Stanley Harte Jnr dft Nathan Massey Daniel Bradwell Mayo) 21-17, 21-13
Boys U-17 singles final: Patrick Fox lost to Conor Noone Galway 3-21, 12-21

Cooney & McCann in All-Ireland handball finals

Sligo’s Martin Cooney & Francis McCann will be appearing in All-Ireland handball finals following comfortable victory’s in semi-finals played in Ballymote on Saturday. As expected Cooney in the Silver Masters B singles had a facile win on Down’s Sean McNally in the opening contest.
Local hero Francis McCann had a whirlwind start in his Golden Masters A Singles against Monaghan’s Conor McDonnell. The Monaghan man came more into the contest in the second but McCann came through to claim his place in the final. The reigning champion will be hoping to retain his title and gain All-Ireland number 18 in an outstanding handball career in the process.
The All-Ireland finals are set to take place on Sunday 19th August next

All-Ireland handball championships 60 x 30 semi-finals results:
Silver Masters B singles: Martin Cooney dft Sean McNally (Down) 21-4, 21-5
Golden Maters A singles: Francis McCann dft Conor McDonnell (Monaghan) 21-1, 21-14

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