Michael ’Ducksie’ Walsh won his fifth Masters singles handball crown in-a-row when he beat Tipperary’s Martin McInerney 21-12, 21-4 in his home court in Ballina last week.
The talented Talbot’s Inch man took his time before getting going in the first game, but once he did the Premier County man had no answer to his power. McInerney could only manage four aces in the second game in front of a packed gallery.
This stunning success is some consolation for ‘Ducksie’ as he lost out in the senior doubles semi-final with Michael Clifford on the Saturday previous to the eventual winners Barry Goff and Colin Keeling.
There are additional All-Ireland finals down for decision this weekend in a number of grades. David Clifford and Sean Quigley contest the over 35 B doubles final in Crinkle against Limerick.
David is filling in for his brother, Paul, who picked up a knock during the campaign. There are three finals to be played in Ballina.
Chris Dunne/Paul Dowling, Gerry Murphy/Jim Dooley and Paddy O’Reilly/Seamus Reade contest the Silver Masters B doubles, Emerald Masters B doubles and Diamond Masters doubles finals respectively. Ger McGrath plays Fergal Collins in the under-21 final in Talbots Inch on Saturday.
Collins is last year’s champion, but many people fancy Ger to pull off a surprise.
On Sunday in Hospital, Limerick, Ciara Mahon and Mary Phelan play Cork in the minor doubles final while Rachel Hogan goes into battle against Mayo’s Clodagh McMenamin for the junior B singles crown. Last up in the Limerick venue is the intermediate pairing of Rebecca Mulholland and Marie Walsh.
Billy Bourke and Phil Parsons travel to Kells in a bid to retain their Silver Masters doubles crown. Best of luck to all the players involved.
WIT collected the A 60x30 team title in Thurles on Saturday when they overcame DCU. The team was made up by Nicholas Anthony, Patrick and Peter Funchion and Ger McGrath. Ciaran Neary was part of the DCU team.
Saturday in Crinkle (3pm) 0ver 35 B doubles final, Limerick (John Noonan/Pat Doody) v Kilkenny (David Clifford/Sean Quigley); Masters A doubles final, Kilkenny (Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh/D.J. Carey) or Meath (Tom Sheridan/John Leahy) v Tipperary (Martin McInerney/Mike Gleeson).
Saturday in Ballina, Tipperary (3pm) - Silver Masters B doubles final, Mayo (Sean Cunnane/Martin Vahey) v Kilkenny (Paul Dowling/Chris Dunne); Emerald Masters B doubles final, Kilkenny (Gerry Murphy/Jim Dooley) v Sligo (Michael McMorrow/John McLoughlin); Diamond Masters A doubles final, Mayo (Matt Coady/Tim Hughes) v Kilkenny (Paddy O’Reilly/Seamus Reade).
Saturday in Talbot’s Inch (5pm) under-21 singles final, Kilkenny (Ger McGrath) v Tipperary (Fergal Collins).
Sunday in Hospital, Limerick (1pm) ladies minor doubles final, Cork (Catriona Casey/Aisling O’Keefe) v Kilkenny (Ciara Mahon/Mary Phelan); ladies junior B singles final, Kilkenny (Rachel Hogan) v Mayo (Clodagh McMenamin); ladies intermediate doubles final, Kerry (Catriona Casey/Karen Lawlor) or Mayo (Amy Corrigan/Leona Ryder) v Kilkenny (Rebecca Mulholland/Marie Walsh).
Sunday in Kells, Meath (1pm), Silver Masters A doubles final, Kilkenny (Billy Bourke/Philly Parson) v Roscommon (Anthony O’Donnell/Cormac O’Brien).
Eamonn Law memorial fixtures
Tuesday: senior (7pm) quarter-final, 1 Ciaran Neary/Patrick Funchion v Liam Law/Paul Lambert; 8.15pm quarter-final, 2 Nicky Reilly/Johnny Brennan v Eddie Burke/Martin Lalor.
Wednesday, September 28: senior (7pm) quarter-final, 3 Joe Walsh/Ger Anthony v Stephen Barcoe/David Clifford; 8.15pm quarter-final, 4 John Ryan/David King v William Love/Daniel Love.
Friday, September 30: senior (7pm) semi-final, 1 Ciaran Neary/Patrick Funchion or Liam Law/Paul Lambert v Nicky Reilly/Johnny Brennan or Eddie Burke/Martin Lalor; 8.15pm se,i-final, 2 Joe Walsh/Ger Anthony or Stephen Barcoe/David Clifford v John Ryan/David King or William Love/Daniel Love.
Saturday, October 1: Open (10am) quarter-final, 1 Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh/Tom Sheridan v Nicky Anthony/Ger Coonan; 11.15am quarter-final, 2 Gavin Buggy/Michael Gregan v Micky Clifford/Paul Mullins; 12.30pm quarter-final, 3 Barry Goff/Colin Keeling v Vinnie Moran/Martin Mulkerrins; 1.45pm quarter-final, 4 Robbie McCarthy/Brian Carroll v David Maloney/Fergal Collins.
Juvenile (3pm) Mullinavat juvenile team x 4 v Wexford; Open (4pm) semi-final, Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh/Tom Sheridan or Nicky Anthony/Ger Coonan v Gavin Buggy/Michael Gregan or Micky Clifford/Paul Mullins; 5.30pm semi-final, 2 Barry Goff/Colin Keeling or Vinnie Moran/Martin Mulkerrins v Robbie McCarthy/Brian Carroll or David Maloney/Fergal Collins.
Sunday, October 2 (10am) senior final; 11am juvenile boys team x 4 final; 12 noon, girls juvenile exhibition, Caitriona Casey/Aisling O’Keeffe/Cianna Ni Churrain/Shauna Hilley; 1pm Open final.
Admission €5 each day.
TG4 are recording in Mullinavat on Saturday and Sunday and in the Rising Sun on Saturday night. Carvery dinner €10 in the Rising Sun, Mullinavat on Saturday, October 1 (8 to 9pm). Tickets available from Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh.
The Eamonn Law sportstar award winner for 2011 will be announced in The Rising Sun on Saturday night.