Handball: Cats hope to be crowned in Kingscourt

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Handball: Cats hope to be crowned in Kingscourt

As the 40x20 season hits its peak this weekend with the festival of handball in Kingscourt, there will be considerable interest from a Kilkenny point of view.
Having contested four All-Ireland semi-finals on Saturday, Kilkenny will be represented in the boys minor singles and ladies junior ‘B’ finals at the Cavan venue.
In the All-Ireland juvenile finals there will be local interest in six contests which are due to be played on Bank Holiday Monday.
Adults
On Saturday Kilkenny players were involved in four All-Ireland semi-finals at venues in Leinster and Ulster, evenly split between ladies and men’s competitions.
Travelling North for a minor singles match with Tyrone, Eoin Brennan was in familiar territory as he reached this stage of the championships last year.
Once again the Kells player produced a great display. He progressed to the final this weekend with a 21-6, 21-8 win.
Also in the winners corner was Margaret Purcell (Windgap). She accounted for a Tyrone opponent in her home court.
The South Kilkenny lady was in command all the way and was a convincing 21-5, 21-7 winner.
There was disappointment for Clogh’s Ciara Mahon and Shane Dunne.
They suffered defeats in ladies Open and under-21 singles.
In the ladies Open semi-final in Kingscourt, Ciara faced the unenviable task of attempting to dethrone the defending champion, Catriona Casey, Cork and was a 2-0 loser.
In the under-21 semi-final in Windgap, Shane was defeated 21-12, 21-19 by Gavin Coyle (Monaghan).
Juveniles
The county juvenile handballers made the long trip across the Shannon on Sunday to play the Connacht champions in the All-Ireland semi-finals.
Contesting 10 matches at various venues, Kilkenny progressed to six finals which are scheduled for the Bank Holiday Monday.
The winners were - Amy Brennan (Clogh) in girls under-14 singles; Daniel Hanrahan/Thomas Sharkey (Galmoy) in boys under-14 doubles; John Doheny (Galmoy) in boys under-15 singles; Roisin O’Keeffe (Kilfane) in girls undre-15 singles; Kyle Dunne/Jack Doyle (Clogh/Windgap) in boys under-16 doubles; Jack Holden (Kilfane) in boys under-17 singles.
Those who lost out in semi- finals were - Kyle Jordan (Kilfane) in boys under-14 singles; Ciarán Phelan/Sean Barron (Kells/Windgap) in boys under-15 doubles; Noelle Dowling (Mothel) in girls under-17 singles; Kelly Ann Ryan/Nicole Dowling (Galmoy/Clogh) in girls under-17 doubles.
All-Ireland juvenile results
Girls under-14S, Kilkenny (Amy Brennan) bt Galway (Emma Kinnane) 13-15, 15-4, 15-8; under-16S, Kilkenny (Roisín O’Keeffe) bt Mayo (Hazel Finn) 21-12, 21-15; under-17S, Mayo (Claire Reynolds) bt Kilkenny (Noelle Dowling) 21-9, 21-17; under-17D, Galway (Orla Whyte/Aoife Nic Dhonnacha) bt Kilkenny (Kelly Ann Ryan/Nicole Dowling) 21-8, 21-10.
Boys under-14S, Galway (Mikey Kelly) bt Kilkenny (Kyle Jordan) 14-15, 15-9, 15-12; under-14D, Kilkenny (Daniel Hanrahan/Thomas Sharkey) bt Galway (Cathal/Daire O Laoire) 15-4, 15-4; under-15S, Kilkenny (John Doheny) bt Sligo (Cormac Finn) 15-2, 15-6; under-15D, Galway (Paul Kearns/Darragh Kyne) bt Kilkenny (Ciarán Phelan/Sean Barron) 4-15, 15-9, 15-4; under-16D, Kilkenny (Kyle Dunne/Jack Doyle) bt Mayo (Niall Fleming/Bobby Reilly) 21-5, 21-13; under-17S, Kilkenny (Jack Holden) bt Galway (Tommie McNeela) 21-6, 21-7.