Shane Bruen in Connacht final action
The indomitable Paddy Walsh still hungry for success
Sligo players aiming for Connacht gold
The quartet of Shane Bruen, Martin Golden, Mick McMorrow, Paddy Walsh & Francis McCann will be endeavouring to bring back four Connacht handball singles to Sligo at the weekend, writes Michael McGee
Sligo players go in search of 4 Connacht titles. Shane Bruen who caused a sensational semi-final result when he knocked out Galway’s Morgan Duggan the runner up in last year’s World Masters B singles final will go into the weekend’s tie with a great deal of confidence. Bruen will face Mayo’s Michael Ginley in the provincial decider. Ginley from the near Bofield club will provide a stern test for Bruen. Ginley had an impressive semi-final victory over Roscommon’s Martin Conroy. Bruen has been doing well in training and will be hopeful of victory. A repeat performance of his semi-final win will ensure a winners Connacht medal for the Collooney club man.
Martin Golden qualified for the Golden Masters B final with an 13-21, 21-10, 21-3 victory over Galway’s Willie Corcoran. Golden was narrowly beaten in last year’s Connacht final and will be all the more determined to bring the Connacht title back to Ballymote this time round. Golden who started slowly against Corcoran in the semi-final finished strongly after three competitive games and his great fitness could again come into play against the Mayo’s Tom Byrne
Mick McMorrow from the St. Mary’s club comes face to face with Mayo’s Liam Burke in the Emerald Masters B singles. McMorrow had an impressive straight sets victory over Galway’s Pierce Lalor in the semi-final will be keen to gain provincial hounours to that of his solitary All-Ireland handball title he won in 2011. The big man with an even bigger heart has the confidence to clinch Connacht gold.
Legendary Sligo handball player Paddy Walsh is back in another Connacht final this time in the Over 70’s where he takes on Roscommon’s Mick Naughton. Walsh is aiming to win his 29th All-Ireland handball title.Walsh won his first All-Ireland back in 1974 and still hungry as ever for success. The inspirational St. Mary’s player will give it everything and his extraordinary handball engine keeps driving on Sligo’s most decorated handball player of all time to achieve even more astonishing results in an amazing handball career. Few would bet against Walsh to take one step closer to another All-Ireland handball title. (latest Mick Naughton has withdrawn)
Francis McCann plays Ger Walsh in the Golden Masters A singles final tomorrow evening Tuesday in Ballaghaderreen at 8 p.m. McCann played Walsh in rd 1 of the Connacht championships in St. Mary's last year and was forced to a third game before coming out on top. McCann went on to the All-Ireland final but was beaten by Kildare's Michael Dowling. The Ballymote man will be eager to get back into the All-Ireland following last year's disappointment. Word from Ballymote is that McCann is in good from at the moment.
Tuesday 12th February in Ballaghaderreen at 8 p.m
Golden Masters A singles: Francis McCann (Sligo) v Ger Walsh (Roscommon)
Sunday 17th February in St. Coman's at 3 pm
Masters B singles: Shane Bruen (Sligo) v Michael Ginley (Mayo)
Golden Masters B singles: Martin Golden (Sligo) v Tom Byrne (Mayo)
Emerald Masters B doubles: Mick McMorrow (Sligo) v Michael Conlon (Mayo)
Over 70’s singles: Paddy Walsh (Sligo) v Mick Naughton (Roscommon). Walkover to Sligo
Connacht handball 40 x 20 championships semi-finals results:
Junior C doubles: Gerry Coleman & Michael Bruen dft Ronan Galvin & Rikki O'Grady 21-19, 21-15
Golden Masters A doubles: Francis McCann & Martin Golden (Sligo) recd a walkover from Eamonn & Martin Conneely (Galway)
Connacht Handball Championships 40 x 20 semi-finals fixtures:
Tuesday 12th February in Moycullen at 8 p.m. Masters B doubles: Shane Bruen & Mark Murphy (Sligo) v Morgan Darcy & Peter Melia.(Galway)
Silver Masters B doubles: Martin Cooney & Tom Foody (Sligo) v Prionsias Maughan & J.J. McDonagh (Galway)
Wednesday 13th February in Moycullen at 8p.m.
Emerald Masters B doubles: Mick McMorrow & Hugh McGarry (Silgo) v Pierce Lalor & Padraig Kelly (Galway)