Kilkenny struck gold in juvenile and adult All-Ireland handball finals over the weekend.
Padraig Cooney (Clogh) and Dylan Caulfield (Kilfane) won the under-16 doubles, beating Jason English and John Ryan (Tipperary). The Kilkenny duo played great handball, displaying some great serving, passing and kill shots.
Aoilean Hennessy and Denise Love (Clogh) won the giarls under-17 doubles by beating Laura Stack and Niamh McCarthy (Limerick). The winners showed real talent to beat top class opposition.
In the adults division, Rachel Hogan (Kilfane) won the ladies junior singles, Sarah Flavin (Limerick). Rachel played great handball to win convincingly.
William Love (Clogh) won the junior singles when beating Barry Devlin (Tyrone). William was tense at the start, but once he got into the game he drove on strongly to victory.
In the juveniles singles (under-14) Conor Murphy (Kells) was beaten by Colin Ryan (Tipperary). Conor was unfortunate to come up against a strong opponent. It was a great achievement to reach the All-Ireland final.
In the girls under-15 doubles, Caoimhe O’Shea and Aine Dunne (Windgap) were defeated by Clare. Caoimhe and Aine gave their all but came up against a good pair.
In the over 35 B singles, Stephen Barcoe (Goresbridge) was beaten by Dale Cusack (Clare). Stephen gave his all and was unfortunate to be beaten in the third game.
Meanwhile, Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh (Talbot’s Inch) won the Masters singles crown, beating David Maloney (Tipperary).
Juveniles in Leinster
The Kilkenny under-16/17 team of four defeated Wexford in the Leinster final. On the Kilkenny team were Paul and Adam Clifford, St Canice’s and Darragh O’Shea and David Doyle, Windgap. The coaches were Michael O’Shea and Ger Doyle.
They now contest the All-Ireland semi-final.
The Kilkenny under-12/13 team of six lost to Wexford in the Leinster final. On the team were Ciaran Cooney (Clogh), Jack Hayes (Windgap), Jack Holden (Kilfane), Dylan Crehan (Kells), Eoin Brennan (Kells), Mikey Prendergast (Kells), Eamon Brennan (Clogh), Davy Blanchfield (Kilfane). The coaches were Tom O’Keeffe and Noel Holden.
The Kilkenny under-14/15 team of six were defeated by Kildare in the Leinster final. On the team were Mark Purcell and Aidan Barry (Clogh), Dion Bourke (Mothel), Eoin Regan (Clogh), Roy Cullen and Conor Condon (Kells), James Culleton (Windgap), Cathal Barry (Clogh). The coaches were Colm Love and Watty Cullen
Ladies senior singles, Ciara Mahon (Clogh) bt Mary Phelan (Clogh); under-14 B singles, Cilliam Lafford (Kells) bt Rory Lodge (Kells); under-15 B singles, Patrick King (Goresbridge) bt Niall Doheny (Goresbridge); under-16 B singles, Darragh Simpson (Goresbridge) bt Morgan Crane (Goresbridge).
All Ireland final fixtures
Saturday at Crinkle (3pm) MAD, Tipperary (David Moloney/Noel Murphy) v Kilkenny (D.J. Carey/Michael Walsh); at O’Loughlin’s (3pm) JBD Cork (John Casey/Denis Quinn) v Laois (Andrew Dowling/Peter Whelan); JD, Carlow (Daniel Fenlon Oliver Ryan) v Cork (Shane Hedigan/Donnacha O’Dea); ID, Tipperary (Ger Coonan/Fergal Collins) v Kildare (Niall O’Connor/Paul Moran).
Sunday at Kingscourt (1pm) SMBD: Kilkenny (Tom O’Keeffe/Tom Dooley) v Antrim (Kevin McParland/Stephen Brady)
Thursday at O’Loughlin’s (1) 8pm Mas S final, Martin Lalor (Talbot’s Inch) v Philly Parsons (O’Loughlin’s); O’Loughlin’s (1) 9pm Emerald Mas S final, Willie Pratt (St Canice’s).
Saturday 13 qt Kells 7pm Mas C D final, Michael Dalton/Jimmy Shanahan (Kilfane) v Simon Walsh/John Ryan (Windgap); at Windgap 7pm Jun S, James Hennessy (O’Loughlin’s) v Sean Foley (Windgap).
Monday at Clogh 8pm senior D, William/Daniel Love (Clogh) v Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh/Ciarain Neary (Talbot’s Inch); at O’Loughlin’s (1) 8pm Mas A singles final, Colm Love (Clogh) v Eamonn Purcell (Windgap); at O’Loughlin’s (1) 9pm Mas C S final, Michael O’Shea (Windgap) v Eddie English (Goresbridge).