THE second Tommy O’Brien memorial handball tournament get underway in Talbot’s Inch last night and it promies to be a terrific event. There are eight pairs in the senior competition with last year’s beaten finalists, Timmy and David Clifford the first to take the court against Mullinvat’s Joe Walsh and Ger Anthony.
Timmy and David will be looking to go on step further this time and are many people’s favourites to go all the way.
The next two quarter-finals will be played this evening (Wednesday) with all the winners going through to Friday’s semi-finals. At the end of a hectic schedule the senior final will be played on Friday (9.15pm).
There are also eight pairs in the Open competition which starts on Saturday morning. Sixteen of the top players in the country will take to the courts on Saturday with Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh and Tom Sheridan kicking off the action against Limerick’s up and coming stars, Seamus O’Carroll and C.J. Fitzpatrick.
There will be four quarter-finals played on Saturday morning with the semi finals commencing at 4.30pm. After the play on Saturday, the Dicksboro GAA club will host this year’s function which begins at 8pm.
There will be live music and finger food as well as a raffle.
On Sunday a girls’ juvenile exhibition will be played at 11am which will be followed by the boys team of four final at 11.45am. The Open final will then take place at 12.45pm.
The tournament was a massive success last year with some excellent games throughout the weekend. This year’s event is expected to be even better.
This evening (Wednesday) senior (7.30pm) quarter-final, Ciaran Neary/Ger Coonan v Martin Lalor/Johnny Brennan; 8.30pm quarter-final, Eddie Burke/Joe Hennessy v Nicky Reilly/William Love.
Friday, senior (6.15pm) semi-final, Timmy Clifford/David Clifford or Ger Anthony/Joe Walsh v Brian Manogue/Seamus Kavanagh or John Ryan/Paul Lambert; 7.15pm semi-final, Ciaran Neary/Ger Coonan or Martin Lalor/Johnny Brennan v Eddie Burke/Joe Hennessy or Nicky Reilly/William Love; 9.15pm final.
Saturday, Open 10.30am quarter-final, 1 Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh/Tom Sheridan v Seamus O’Carroll/C.J. Fitzpatrick; 11.45am quarter-final, 2 Gavin Buggy/David Maloney v Michael Gregan/Michael Finnegan;
1pm quater-final, 3 Barry Gough/Colin Keeling v Micky Clifford/Tommy Hynes; 2.15pm quarter-final, 4 Robbie McCarthy/Brian Carroll v Dominic Lynch/Paul Mullins
Juvenile 3.30pm Kilkenny juvenile team of 4 v Meath; Open 4.30pm semi-final, 1 Michael ‘Ducksie’ Walsh/Tom Sheridan or Seamus O’Carroll/C.J. Fitzpatrick v Gavin Buggy/David Maloney or Michael Gregan/Michael Finnegan; 5.30pm semi-final, 3 Barry Gough/Colin Keeling or Micky Clifford/Tommy Hynes v 4 Robbie McCarthy/Brian Carroll or Dominic Lynch/Paul Mullins.
Sunday ,11am juvenile girls exhibition; 11.45am juvenile boys Team 4 of final; 12.45pm Open final
Saturday, Dicksboro GAA club (8pm) finger food and music with €5 cover charge. Raffle with tickets costing €2.