That great competitor on the handball scene, Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh continues to play and enjoy the game, and to mount up the wins too.
His latest success was in the Irish Masters ‘A’ championship final, beating Egin Jensen (Dublin) 21-4, 21-2 in the decider.
Open results - Peter Funchion (Kilkenny) bt Richard McCann (Antrim); Brian Carroll (Meath) bt Peter Funchion(Kilkenny) 21-2, 21-11.
Men’s 23 and under ‘B’ - Anthony Crotty (Tipperary) bt Dan Breen (Kilkenny) 21-7, 21-7.
Ladies 23 and under - Aoife McCarthy (Westmeath) bt Mary Phelan (Kilkenny) 21-12, 21-5.
Masters A quarter-final - Edward Bourke (Kilkenny) w/o Niall Kerr (Tyrone) wtd; semi-finals, Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh (Kilkenny) bt Edward Bourke (Kilkenny); final, Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh (Kilkenny) bt Egin Jensen (Dublin) 21-4, 21-2; Golden Masters ‘A’ Michael Dowling (Kildare) bt Martin Lalor (Kilkenny) 21-13, 21-9; Diamond Masters ‘A’, John Rossiter (Carlow) bt Jim Neary (Kilkenny) 21-7, 21-5
Irish junior nationals
Nearly 20 juveniles took part in the Irish juvenile nationals in Clare - Edel Mulholland, Dearbhail and Roisin O’Keeffe, Noelle Dowling, Eilis Regan, Caoimhe O’Shea, Ailis O’Shea, Sean Carey, Shane Dunne, Aidan and Cathal Barry, Eoin Regan, Darragh O’Shea, Brian Mahon, Jack Buggy, Billy O’Neill, Jamie Maher, Peter McDonald, Kyle Jordan.
The majority got to the quarter finals with Edel Mulholland, O’Loughlin’s making it to the semi-final but was beaten by eventual winner in girls under-11 singles.
Darragh O’Shea, Windgap was unfortunate to be beaten in the final of the under-17 ‘B’ singles after a great weekend of handball.
Minor doubles - Eoin Doyle and Brian Mahon (Clogh) bt Patrick Brennan and Mark Dowling (Mothel).
Master ‘A’ final - Eamonn Purcell (Windgap) bt Colm Love (Clogh).
Masters ‘C’ final - Michael O’Shea (Windgap) bt Eddie English (Goresbridge).
Masters ‘B’ doubles final - Tom O’Keeffe/Tom Dooley (Kilfane) bt Paddy Fennelly/Pat Funchion (Kells).
Leinster juvenile B championship
In the Leinster juvenile under-12 ‘B’ singles in Clogh, there were four counties represented - Jack Buggy, Kilkenny, James Bowden, Kildare, Finn Dempsey, Offaly and Stephen Jordan, Dublin.
Jack Buggy, Kilkenny defeated Stephen Jordan in the semi final and defeated Finn Dempsey, Offaly 21-10 in the final.
In the Leinster juvenile under-13 ‘B’ singles, Michael Power (Kells) overcame Sean Faulkner (Louth) and Jamie Muddiman (Kildare) but unfortunately lost out to Shane Murtagh (Offaly) 16-15 in the final.