Kilkenny handball: Aoife Holden takes Leinster title

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Kilkenny handball: Aoife Holden takes Leinster title

The first Leinster finals of the 60x30 season were completed at the weekend when the ladies singles and men’s doubles were played.
In Garryhill on Thursday night Aoife Holden, Kilfane and Niamh Dunne (Laois) contested the provincial final in the ladies singles championship.
Both raised their game to produce a quality match with the title going to Aoife. She won the contest in two sets,21-16, 21-10.
Both will now focus their training on the smaller 40 x20 court as they travel to the World Championships in Minneapolis in August.
On Saturday the Leinster men’s doubles final was played in Crinkle, Offaly. This match featured Ciaran Neary and Keith Bourke from Kilkenny. Their opponents were Westmeath ‘s Robbie McCarthy and Colm Jordan.
The midlanders were favourites and they lived up to expectations when winning the match in two games.
This was good preparation for Ciaran and Keith as they will contest the forthcoming Open doubles championships in a few weeks time.
Worlds
The World handball championships are edging closer. They are scheduled for Minneapolis from August 9 to 19.
Held every three years, these championships are very well supported by the Irish handball community and this time is no exception with a large travelling group heading to the USA.
From a Kilkenny point of view there will be a number of players travelling for the event with hope high of securing more medals following the success in Canada in 2015.

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