There was plenty before, and there is plenty more action to come on the handball front at home and at provincial and national level for Kilkenny players.
All-Ireland adult and juvenile semi-final results:
O35B singles Stephen Barcoe (Goresbridge) bt Glen Walsh (Roscommon). In the first game Stephen won convincly. In the second game the Roscommon man came out determined, but Stephen never gave up and won the game, winning overall in two straight games to book a place in the All-Ireland final.
Under-14 singles, Conor Murphy (Kells) bt Diarmuid Mulkerrins (Galway). In the first game Conor played some great handball, winning convincly. The second game was evenly contested with both players giving their all. Mulkerrins won. In the tie break Conor won to earn a place in the All-Ireland final.
In girls under-15 singles, Aoife Holden (Kilfane ) was defeated by Eimear Ni Bhiadha (Galway).
In girls under-15 doubles, Caoimhe O’Shea and Aine Dunne (Windgap) got a bye through to the All-Ireland final.
Under-16 doubles, Padraig Cooney (Clogh) and Dylan Caulfielf (Kilfane) bt Cian O Conghaile and Jamie Kelly (Galway). In the first game the Kilkenny pair started strongly but the Galway pair kept fighting came back and won the first game. Great serves and rallies earned the Cats victory in the second. The tie break was level at 9 all before the Kilkenny boys got in to serve. They won the next two aces to win the game.
In girls under-17 doubles, Aoilean Hennessy and Denise Love (Clogh) got a bye through to the All-Ireland final.
In under-17 doubles, Conor Lyons (St Canice’s) and Mark Dowling (Mothel) lost to Conor Burke and Cormac Moran (Mayo).
Mas C S Michael O’Shea (Windgap) bt Jim Dooley (O’Loughlin’s); Mas C S Michael O’Shea (Windgap) bt Michael Dalton (Kilfane); Jun B S P.J. Barron (Windgap) w/o from Michael Power (Windgap); Jun S Sean Foley (Windgap) bt Noel Doherty (O’Loughlin’s); Jun S James Bourke (O’Loughlin’s) bt Cian Ryan (Windgap); Jun D Sean Foley/Michael Power (Windgap) bt Eoin Brannigan/James Bourke (O’Loughlin’s); Mas B D Pat Walsh/Michael O’Shea (Windgap) w/o from Jimmy Neary/partner (Talbot’s Inch).
All-Ireland semi-final fixtures
Friday at Leixlip 7.30pm MAD, Mayo (James Towey and Joe Dowling) v Kilkenny (Michael Walsh and D.J. Carey).
Saturday at Moycullen 5pm O35BD, Galway (Morgan Duggan and Trevor Hannon) v Kilkenny (Stephen
Barcoe and John Morrissey); at Ballaghaderreen 5pm LID, Mayo (Pauline Gallagher and Amy Corrigan) v Kilkenny (Mary Phelan and Ciara Mahon).
Sunday at O’Loughlin’s 3pm SMBD, Galway (Prionsios Moughan and J.J. McDonagh) v Kilkenny (Tom O’Keeffe and Tom Dooley); at O Loughlin’s DMBD, Roscommon (James Coughlan and Eamon Ward) v Kilkenny (Michael Dalton and Jim Dooley); at O Loughlin’s under-21D, Galway (Martin Mulkerrins and D. O’Conghaile) v Kilkenny (Peter Funchion and Sean Butler).
Thursday at Clogh 8pm Mas BS final, John Duggan (O’Loughlin’s) v Tom O Keeffe (Kilfane); at O’Loughlin’s (1) 8pm Min singles final, Brian Mahon (Clogh) v J.J. English (Goresbridge); at Kells 8pm Mas D final, Philly Parsons/Billy Walsh (O’Loughlin’s) v Eamonn/Jimmy Purcell (Windgap).
Saturday at Kells 4pm Jun S James Hennessy (O’Loughlin’s) v Sean Foley (Windgap); at Windgap 7pm Jun B D final, Shane Walsh/Cian Ryan(Windgap) v Sean Foley/Michael Power (Windgap).
Monday at O’Loughlin’s (1) 8pm Inter/Jun D final, Brendan Hosey/Andrew Lawlor (Clogh) v Eddie Clifford/Alan Dowling (St Canice’s) or Kevin Woods/Clinton Maher (St Canice’s); at O Loighlin’s (1) 9pm Sen semi-final, William Love (Clogh) v Peter Funchion (Kells); at Kells 8pm Mas B D, Tom O’Keeffe/Tom Dooley (Kilfane) v Pat Walsh /Michael O’ Shea (Windgap)