DAVID and Paul Clifford won the Masters doubles county handball final when they beat Billy Bourke and Con Moore at the weekend.
This was David’s first year in Masters and he left his mark on the grade. Early in the campaign he won the Masters B doubles All-Ireland final with Nicky Reilly and now added the Masters A county title.
Paul has dedicated most of his time to training the St Canice’s juveniles in recent years, so it is great that he has added another county title to his collection along with the long list of juvenile winners.
Elsewhere in the Kilkenny open competition, Jimmy Purcell won the Division 2 title, beating Stephen O’Dwyer in the final. This was Jimmy’s second county title. He won the Kilkenny Masters One Wall title last year.
In the Division 1 final in Kells, Ciaran Neary beat Ger McGrath 21-15, 21-8.
For the next month there will be plenty of fixtures down for decision in the 60x30 court. Players who do not play in the Kilkenny championship are not eligible for the Leinster championship. All games most be played. Giving walk-overs is not acceptable in any grade.
Friday at O’Loughlin’s (8pm) senior doubles semi-final, Billy/Keith Bourke (O’Loughlin’s) v Ciaran Neary/Michael Ducksy Walsh (Talbot’s Inch).
Sunday at O’Loughlins (12 noon) senior doubles final, Billy Bourke/Keith Bourke or Ciarain Neary/Michael Ducksy Walsh v Michael Clifford/Timmy Clifford (St Canice’s)
Saturday at Talbot’s Inch (5pm) senior singles, Eoghan Hennessy (Clogh) v Shem Kelly (Mothel); at Mothel (5pm) senioir singles, William Love (Clogh) v Nicky Reilly (Talbot’s Inch); at Kilfane (5pm) senior singles, Eddie Burke (O’Loughlin’s) v Ger Anthony (Mullinavat).
Thursday, May 1 at Clogh (7.30pm) Sen D, Nickey Reilly/Joe Hickey (Talbot’s Inch) v Shem Kelly/Paul Dowling (Mothel); at Talbot’s Inch (7.30pm) Sen D, William and Daniel Love (Clogh) v Eddie Burke/partner (O’Loughlin’s).
Friday, May 20 at Talbot’s Inch (7.30pm) Sen D, Ciaran Neary/Martin Lalor (Talbot’s Inch) v Andrew Lawlor/Brendan Hosey (Clogh).
Saturday, May 21 at Clogh (6pm) senior S, Eoghan Hennessy (Clogh) or Shem Kelly (Mothel) v Michael Ducksy Walsh (Talbot’s Inch); at Kilfane (5pm) senior S, Nicholas Anthony (Mullinavat) v Ciaran Neary (Talbot’s Inch).
Monday May 23 at Talbot’s Inch (7.30pm) senior S, William Love (Clogh) or Nicky Reilly (Talbot’s Inch) v Timmy Clifford (St Canice’s); 8pm senior S, Eddie Burke (O’Loughlin’s) or Ger Anthony (Mullinavat) v Brian Manogue (Kells).
Leinster club fixtures
Junior B club on Thursday (7.30pm) A St Canice’s D (Kilkenny) v Crossakiel (Meath) at Ballymore Eustace; B St Canice’s C (Kilkenny) v Ballymitty (Wexford) at Mullinavat.
Thursday, May 19 (7.30pm) Coolboy (Wicklow) v winner A at Ballymore Eustace; St Canice’s A (Kilkenny) v O’Raghaillaighs (Louth) at Na Fianna; St Canice’s B (Kilkenny) v Crinkle (Offaly) at Mullingar; winner B v Kells (Kilkenny) at Mullinavat.
Thursday, May 26 (7.30pm) winner 1 v winner 2 at Ballymore Eustace; winner 3 v winner 4 at Clogh.
Thursday, June 2 (7.30pm) winner 5 v winner 6. No venue arranged.
Monday, May 16 (7.30pm) 1 Kells (Kilkenny) v Castlebridge (Wexford) at Garryhill.
Monday, May 23 (7.30pm) 3 Coolboy (Wicklow) v winner 1 at Garryhill; 4 Crinkle (Offaly) v Coolgraney (Wexford) at Talbots Inch.
Monday, May 30 (7.30pm) 5 winner 3 v winner 4. No venue fixed.