Michael McMorrow & Hugh McGarry crowned Connacht Emerald Masters B doubles 40 x 20 Champions
Success for McMorrow & McGarry in Connacht handball final
On the last weekend in the Connacht handball 40 x 20 championships Sligo finally won a provincial title, writes Michael McGee
Sligo handballers finally won a Connacht handball title as last Saturday in Lisacul the County’s Emerald Masters B doubles pairing of Michael McMorrow & Hugh McGarry overcame Mayo’s Columba O’Halloran & Peter Ferrick in a tense final. It took a supreme effort from the Sligo men after losing the opening game by 21-13 15-10 down in the second. After taking a time out McMorrow & McGarry stormed back into contention with some excellent passages of play and with a gritty display drew level at 15-15. Mayo took the lead again but it was shortlived as the momentum was with Sligo. McMorrow & McGarry rallied again and this time the duo hit the remaining six points to bring the Connacht final to a tie breaker. The St. Mary’s/ Collooney combination weathered the storm and began to play some stunning handball in the final game. McMorrow & McGarry racked up scores quickly as Mayo’s early challenge fell away. In the end the Sligo men raced away to record a runaway victory by 21-8. McMorrow & McGarry will now face Leinster champions in Carlow’s Eamon Sunderland & Mick Doyle in two weeks time
Sligo prospects of a second Connacht doubles title was dashed with the Golden Masters A doubles of Francis McCann & Martin Golden losing out to Roscommon’s Ger Walsh & Dermot Doolin by 15-21, 15-21
Connacht handball 40 x 20 championships finals
Emerald Masters B doubles: Mick McMorrow & Hugh McGarry dft Columba O’ Halloran & Peter Ferrick (Mayo) 13-21, 21-16, 21-8.
Golden Masters A doubles: Francis McCann & Martin Golden (Sligo) lost to Ger Walsh & Dermot Doolin 15-21, 15-21.
Junior C doubles: Gerry Coleman & Michael Bruen lost to Vinnny McLoughlin& Sean Sweeney (Mayo) 13-21, 13-21
Connacht Juvenile A 40 x 20 championships semi-finals
Girls U-14 singles: Mary Foody (Sligo) lost to Adrianne Mullen (Galway) 10-15, 7-15
Boys U-17 singles: Patrick Fox (Sligo) lost to John Lalor (Galway
The Sligo Handball Board passed votes of Sympathy with Tom Foody, Micheal & Larry Jones Castleconnor Handball Club on the death of Mary Ann Murphy and to Patrick Fox Collooney on the death of his grandfather Frank Fox.
The Co. Handball Club monthly meeting was cancelled as a mark of respect to the deceased.