Yippee - the run of All-Ireland successes continues

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By The Ace

Yippee - the run of All-Ireland successes continues

After the run of success recently in Kingscourt when Kilkenny juvenile handballers won four All-Irelands, there was an encore at the weekend.
This time it was the turn of the county under-12/13 and under-14/15 teams to continue the winning streak when retaining their All-Ireland titles in Galway on Saturday.
In the under-12/13 final, Kilkenny showed great battling qualities to pip Cork by one ace, and in the under-14/15 decider the Cats defeated Tipperary 70-52.
The Kilkenny teams were: under-12/13 - Kyle Jordan, Conor Holden, Daniel Hanrahan, Thomas Sharkey, David Holden, Ronan O’Brien, James Purcell, Michael Brennan; under-14/15 squad - Eoin O’Brien, Sean Barron, Sean Purcell, Ciaran O’Neill, Gearoid Phelan, John Doheny, Tom Holden, David Quinlan.
Leinster
As the Leinster 40x20 season draws to a close, the final stages of the adult doubles competitions are almost completed.
In Monavea, Laois, last week Kilkenny’s Ciáran Neary and Brendan Burke won their fourth successive provincial intermediate doubles title when defeating Carlow’s Daniel Fenlon and Ollie Ryan.
The Talbot’s Inch/Kells pair were ahead throughout both sets and progressed to the All-Ireland semi-final against Connacht when winning 21-12, 21-5.
In the Emerald Masters A doubles final, Philly Parsons (O’Loughlin’s) and Martin Lalor (Talbot’s Inch) overcame the challenge of Martin Clancy and Tom Kane (Carlow) 21-18, 21-17.
The Leinster under-21 doubles final at O’Loughlin’s on Saturday was an all Kilkenny affair with the contest involving three players from the Clogh club.
Wearing their club colours were Clogh duo, Shane Dunne and Padraig Cooney. They faced fellow clubman, Brian Mahon, who was partnered by Emmet Landy from Windgap.
In a tough three set match, Brian and Emmet won the right to represent the province in the semi-final in two weeks time.
There was also success for Kilkenny ladies in the junior ‘B’ doubles final against Westmeath.
In a match that required three games to produce a winner, Aoife Walsh (Kells) and Margaret Purcell (Windgap) came out on top, 20-21, 21-9, 21-4.
The Leinster final of the junior ’B’ doubles championship will feature Kells duo, Anthony Martin and Diarmuid Burke. They came through their semi-final against Windgap players, Sean Foley and Eamonn Hawe 21-9, 21-7.
They now play either Dublin or Wexford in the provincial decider this week.
There was misery and defeat for another Kells pair in the Leinster minor doubles final featuring Eoin Brennan and Conor Condon and Wexford’s Adam Walsh and Anthony Butler.
The Model County duo came out on top in two sets, 21-19, 21-5.
Men’s Open
The All-Ireland men’s Open championship is also in full swing, with two pairs of locals keeping the Kilkenny flag flying.
In their first round clash with Kildare’s Niall O’Connor and Paul Moran, Ciaran Neary and Brendan Burke recorded a 21-14, 21-12 win to progress to the next round against Tony Healy and Brendan Fleming, Cork.
The Munster pair proved too strong for Ciaran and Brendan and were convincing 21-12, 21-4 winners.
The Kells brothers, Patrick and Peter Funchion received a walk-over in their tie with Antrim’s Owen McKennan and Sean Devine.
They now face defending champions, Eoin Kennedy and Carl Brown in a last eight match this Saturday.
County under-14 ‘B’ singles final - Conor Dermody (Goresbridge) beat Blade O’Gorman (Windgap) 15-3, 15-11.