Oisin Quinn a World handball championships semi-finalist as son Odhran & Francis McCann reach quarter finals, writes Michael McGee
Sligo’s involvement in the world handball championships ended on Saturday when Ballymote’s Francis McCann was defeated by the number 1 seed Paul Williams from the U.S.A by 2-1 in the quarter finals of the Golden Masters A singles one wall event.
Castleconnor’s Oisin Quinn teamed up with Joacquin Murphy as the duo reached the semi-finals of the Golden Masters one-wall doubles. Quinn & Murphy were beaten by the number 3 seeds in Conor McDonnell & Cormac McMahon (Monaghan/Armagh) by 2 games to 1. A notable achievement for the veteran Castleconnor club player.
Oisin’s son Odhran reached 2 quarter-finals in the Boys U-13 singles & doubles one-wall events.
The World championships proved an outstanding success with Cavan’s Paul Brady winning his 4th successive World Men’s open singles title with the defeat of U.S.A’s Luis Moreno. Antrim’s Aisling Reilly defeated clubmate Fiona Shannon to win her 1st ladies open singles denying Shannon in her place in history of winning 4 ladies singles titles in a row. The Irish players performed exceptionally well and appeared in most finals.
Overall it was a successful championships for Sligo players. Though no world handball titles came to the Yeats county there was a number of exceptional performances from the county players and plenty to build ahead of the next world handball championships which will take place in Calgary Alberta in August 2015.
Sligo team members that took part in this years World handball championships:
Oisin Quinn, Odran Quinn, Aoife Quinn, Martin Cooney all Castleconnor, Shane Bruen Collooney, Francis McCann Ballymote & Gavin Cawley St. Mary’s
World handball championship 2012 results:40 x 20
Mens C singles (Sligo names first)
Shane Bruen lost out to Monaghan's James Gavaghan 9-21, 10-21
Gavin Cawley lost to Tom O'Shea of Wexford 10-21, 10-21
Boys U-13 singles: Odhran Quinn dft Conrad Martin 15-4, 15-9
rd 2: Odhran Quinn dft Neil Delaney 15-14, 15-3
rd 3. Odhran lost to Todd Hynes 10-15, 4-15
Girls U-15 singles: Aoife Quinn lost to Roisin Cahill 8-15, 11-15
Silver Masters B singles: Martin Cooney lost to Steven Brady 12-21, 18-21
Golden Masters A singles: Francis McCann lost to Paul Williams U.S.A 15-21, 18-21
Girls U-15 doubles: Aoife Quinn & Anna Carew lost to Niamh Coleman & Aoife McConville (Armagh) 2-0
One Wall results:
Men’s C Singles: Gavin Cawley lost to Seamus Casserly 2-0
Shane Bruen lost to Eoin Mc Cafferty 2-1
Silver Masters B singles: Oisin Quinn lost to Michael O' Cualain (Galway) 5-15, 8-15
Golden Masters A singles: Francis Mc Cann recd a walkover from Thomas Maguire (Antrim)
Quarter-final: Francis McCann lost to Paul Williams U.S.A. 4-15, 10-15
Men’s Golden Masters doubles: Oisin Quinn & Joacquin Murphy bt Patterson & Calvino 2-1
Semi-finals: Oisin Quinn & Joacquin Murphy lost to Conor McDonnell & Cormac McMahon 1-2.
Girls U-15 singles: Aoife Quinn dft Caoimhe Shannager (Roscommon) 15-8, 15-11
Round 2: Aoife Quinn lost to Niamh Coleman (Armagh) 2-0
Boys 13 singles 1 wall
Odhran Quinn defeated James Smith 2-0
rd 2: Odhran Quinn defeated Conor McTeague 2-0
Quarter-final: Odhran Quinn lost to Tiernan Agnew (Clare) 2-0
Boys U-13 doubles Odhran Quinn & Padraic Beggley bye in round 1
Boys U-13 doubles quarter-final: Odhran & Padraic Beggley lost to James Prentice & Risteard Duggan 2-0
Boys U-13 doubles Odhran Quinn & Liam Egan lost to Diarmuid Mulkerrins & Thomas Donohue (Galway 2-0
Silver Masters B doubles: Martin Cooney & Aidan Bell (Sligo/Mayo) lost to Pat O' Flaherty & Padraig Maguire (Tipperary/Kildare) 15-21, 17-21