FIVE Kilkenny players can now look forward to appearing in All-Ireland handball finals after last weekend’s action. Nicholas Anthony and Brian Minogue beat the 2010 junior champions James Brady and Patrick Clerkin, Cavan in two straight games 21-9, 21-13.
There was no joy for Joe Anthony. He lost out to Robbie McMahon, Antrim while Ciara Mahon never got going against Fionnuala McKenna in the ladies minor singles semi-final.
Patrick and Peter Funchion continued their fine form, beating Antrim opponents 21-3, 21-3 to progress to the under 21 All-Ireland final in which they face Tipperary.
Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh received a walk-over from the injured Paddy Crothers. Joe Walsh will play Sean McNally on Saturday after the game was refixed due to an injury picked up by the Down man.
This week features a busy schedule on the local front with many finals down for decision. Each final looks set to be a cracker. If anyone has a bit of free time they could do worse than head to their local court to take in the action.
Today (Wednesday) at Goresbridge 8pm Masters singles final, Philly Parsons (O’Loughlin’s) v Joe Walsh (Mullinavat).
Thursday at O’Loughlins (1) 8pm Masters D final, Paul Clifford/David Clifford (St Canice’s) v Billy Bourke/Con Moore (O’Loughlin’s); at Kells (7.30pm) junior singles semi-final, Noel Doherty (O’Loughlin’s) v Philly Lonergan (Windgap); 8pm intermediate D final, C.J. Delaney/Anthony Martin (Kells) v Brendan Burke/Diarmuid (Kells).
Saturday at Clogh (5pm) senior D, Ciaran Neary/Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh(Talbots Inch) v Patrick Funchion/partner (Kells); at O’Loughlins (1) at 5pm Masters A singles final, Jimmy Neary (Talbot’s Inch) v Paddy Reilly (Talbots Inch);
5.30pm senior B S final, Ger McGrath (Kells) v Eoghan Hennessy (Clogh) or D.J.Carey (Goresbridge); 6pm ladies S final, Mary Phelan (Clogh) v Rachel hogan (Kilfane).
Monday at O’Loughlin’s (1) 8pm Masters B/C/D final, Joe Anthony/Liam Law (Mullinavat) v Pat Funchion/Paddy Fennelly (Kells); at Windgap, junior singles final IF, P.J. Hawe (Windgap) v Philly Lonergan (Windgap); at Kells if P.J. Hawe (Windgap) v Noel Doherty (O’Loughlin’s).
Under-21D, Kilkenny (Patrick Funchion/Peter Funchion) bt Antrim (Sean Clarke/Aaron Burns) 21-3, 21-4; EMBS, Antrim (Robbie McMahon) bt Kilkenny (Joe Anthony) 21-5, 21-3; LMS, Armagh (Fionnuala McKenna) bt Kilkenny (Ciara Mahon) 21-14, 21-9; ID, Kilkenny (Nicholas Anthony/Brian Manogue) bt Cavan (James Brady, Patrick Clerkin) 21-9, 21-13.
Juvenile - G under-17 D, Lauren Barcoe/Mary Wall (Kilkenny) bt Michaela McGuigan/Jane Loughran (Tyrone) 21-2, 21-3; G under-15 D, Aisling Maher/Denise Love (Kilkenny) bt Nicole Dynes/Rachael McDonald (Tyrone) 15-2, 15-2.
Boys under-16 D, Patrick McCrory/P. Clarke (Tyrone) bt Adrian Farrell/Patrick Brennan (Kilkenny) 21-9, 21-11; G under-16 S, Meave McElduff (Tyrone) bt Catherine Foley (Kilkenny) 21-1, 21-3; G under-17 S, Philip Duffy (Armagh) bt Dylan Walsh (Kilkenny) 21-9, 21-18.