Over the weekend Kilkenny claimed two more All-Ireland hand titles. Marie Walshe and Rachel Hogan won the ladies junior doubles and Tom O’Keeffe and Tom Dooley won Silver Master B doubles.
All-Ireland final results
Ladies junior doubles - Marie Walshe, Kells and Rachel Hogan, Kilfane beat Sinead Ni hAnili and Roisin Ni Chonghaile from Galway. The Galway girls got off to a great start. The Kilkenny pair settled and Marie’s powerful left hand and Rachel’s kill shot accuracy got them back into the game, winning the first game.
The losers came out in the second game fighting and got a good lead up. Marie and Rachel got into their stride again. Marie’s serve proved too difficult to return. The Galway girls had no answer and with Rachel’s accurate right hand finishing off the rallies, the Kilkenny girls won the second game and claiming gold. This is the second gold in a week for Rachel.
Silver Master B doubles - Tom O’Keeffe and Tom Dooley, Kilfane beat Kevin McParland and Stephen Brady from Antrim. The Kilkenny pair played their best handball of the year on All-Ireland final day as they overcame the challenge of the Antrim pair in Kingscourt on Sunday.
The Kilfane duo won the first game. Antrim started the second game well and raced into a lead, but the Kilkenny boys pulled
it back with Dooley’s strong serving and O’Keeffe bringing off a lot of kill shots. They roared on to take the title.
Masters A doubles - Michael Walsh, Talbot’s Inch and D.J. Carey, Groesbridge were defeat by David Moloney and Noel Murphy, Tipperary. The latter pair won the first game, but ‘Ducksie’ and D.J. fought hard in the second to win and bring the game to a tie break.
Things didn’t go well on the day for Kilkenny with the Tipperary lads taking the third game and claiming the title.
Masters singles final - Philly Parsons, Talbot’s Inch bt Martin Lalor, Talbot’s Inch.
Irish junior fixtures
Saturday aClarecastle, gilrs 15 and under B, Ailis O’Shea (Kilkenny) v Leah Dunphy (Laois); Caoimhe O’Shea (Kilkenny) v Louise Walsh (Laois).
Girls 15 and under, Aoife Holden (Kilkenny) v Alana Doran (Armagh); Ella Donnellan (Clare) v Eilis Regan (Kilkenny).
Boys 17 and under, Darren Doherty (Monaghan) v Brian Mahon (Kilkenny), Newmarket on Fergus.
Boys 11 and under, Sean Carolan (Tipperary) v Jamie Maher (Kilkenny).
Boys 13 and under B, Aidan Barry (Kilkenny) v Sean MacAdams (Tipperary); Cathal Barry (Kilkenny) v Padraic Dunne (Laois); Jack Buggy (Kilkenny) v Ciaran Cuddy (Tyrone).
Boys 15 and under, Shane Dunne (Kilkenny) v Alan Wrynne (Leitrim)/Gavin Coyle (Monaghan), O Callaghan Mills.
Boys 17 and under B, Darragh O’Shea (Kilkenny) v Anraoi Whyte (Galway), Tulla.
Girls 13 and under B, Dearbhail O’Keefe (Kilkenny) v Aoife Floyd (Clare).
Boys 11 and under, Billy O’Neill (Kilkenny) v Colin Healy (Cork); Philip Doran (Down) v Peter McDonald (Kilkenny), Kilkishen
Boys 13 and under, Peter Donohue (Galway) v Eoin Regan (Kilkenny), Broadford, Clare.
Boys 11 and under, Ruairí O’Curraoin (Galway) v Kyle Dunne (Kilkenny); Seán Seoighe (Galway) v Kyle Jordan (Kilkenny).
Sunday in Shannon, girls 11 and under, Chloe Lydon (Galway) v Edel Mulholland (Kilkenny); Bronagh Greaney (Galway) v Roisin O’Keeffe (Kilkenny); Noelle Dowling (Kilkenny) v Katie Morris (Tipperary).
Under-16/17 team of 4 - Kilkenny travelled to Williamstown in Galway on Sunday to play Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final. They won and met Cork in the All-Ireland final. They came up against a crack Cork team, and missed out on the honours.
Team - Darragh O’Shea and David Doyle, Windgap and Pauly and Adam Clifford, St Canices. Michael O’Shea and Ger Doyle, Windgap were the coaches.
Interprovincial Team of 10
Three Kilkenny girls Denise Love, Clogh, Aoife Holden and Dearbhail O’Keeffe, Kilfane travelled to Kingscourt, Cavan on Saturday to represent the province in the Interprovincial Team of 10 event. The girls gave their all but unfortunately came up against a strong Connacht team.
They were presented with certificates and Leinster tee shirts.