Kilkenny struck gold at the national Feile-na-nGael handball finals at the weekend.
There was great delight for a number of clubs when Windgap, Clogh and Kells all brought home titles.
Pride of place went to the brave-hearts from Windgap who captured the boys Division 1 40x20 crown.
They really hit the high spots when defeating Monaghan Harp 35-14 in a top class final.
Clogh were the runners-up in the boys 60x30 section and winners in the girls Division 3 grade.
On top of that, Kells won the boys Division 4 Plate final, defeating St Brigid's (Dublin) 40-22.
Their girls were runners -up in the Division 3 competition.
Windgap girls narrowly lost the Division 2 Plate decider, and the recently reformed Glenmore club came home as runners-up in the boys Division 5 competition.
Success was also recorded in the individual skills competitions.
Kyle Dunne (Clogh) was a gold medal winner in the 60x30 event.
Billy Drennan (Galmoy) and Jack Doyle (Windgap) were second and third in the Division 1 40x20 grade.
Tom Holden (Kilfane) was third in the 40x20 Division 2, and Sean Purcell (Windgap) took top honours in boys Division 3.
Padraig Lennon (Kells) claimed silver in the boys 40x 20 Division 4.
Amy Brennan (Clogh) won the girls Division 3 40x20 grade while Olivia Mahony (Kells) was third.
The successful Kilkenny teams were:
Windgap – Jack Doyle, Padraig Foley, Eoin O’Brien and Sean Barron.
Kells boys - Padraig Lennon, Conor Brett, Philip Prendergast, John O’Brien, Ciaran Phelan and Harry Delaney.
Kells girls –Meg Ryan, Breanna O’Dwyer, Ciara Walsh, Olivia Mahony and Rachel Doherty.
At the USHA championships in Minnesotta, US, Talbot's Inch star, Michael 'Ducksie' Walsh won the over 45 grade when easily winning all three matches he played.
He also played in the Open doubles with Gavin Buggy (Wexford).
In top form
They were beaten at the semi-final stage, 21-7, 21-3 by top seeds Marcos Chavez and Sean Lenning, who were really on song..
The Leinster 60 x 30 championships are up and running and a full set of fixtures are scheduled for the next week.
Also scheduled for this week are the provincial finals of the team of four events, with St Patrick's due to contest the Junior B decider on Saturday evening.
The annual One Wall championships are taking place in Breaffy House, Castlebar Mayo at the weekend.
The county One Wall championships will be played in Windgap in July. Entries will be taken on the day.
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