Leinster handball finals
O’Toole and Kelly take Leinster gold.
Wexford picked up two titles as the finals of this year’s 60x 30 Leinster handball championship got underway in the past week. Darren O’Toole a man in a rich vein of form this year took the junior singles title last Saturday night when he put together a dominant performance to see off Ger Anthony from Kilkenny. Darren raced into top gear in this game and took the opening set on a 21-8 score line. Ger Anthony was not in the final by chance and he put up a much improved showing in the second set but the power of O’Toole was the killing factor in this game and the man from Coolgraney completed the job with a 21-18 win in the second set.
Amanda Kelly picked up the Ladies junior b singles crown when she had too much handball for Shauna Carroll from Offaly as the Templeudigan girl Kelly powered to success on a 21-7 , 21-1 score line and should carry strong hopes of picking up an All Ireland title .
Frank Maddock eventually lost out in the final of the silver masters b singles but only after giving his all against Paul Dowling from Kilkenny, but the noresider took the honours 21-17, 21-17.
Pechelli English failed to produce his best handball in the final of the Golden Masters A singles with Michael Dowling from Kildare dishing out a 21-11, 21-8 defeat to the Davidstown man.
Tony Breen came up against his old rival Johnny Brennan from Kilkenny in the final of the Emerald masters A singles final, in what turned out to be a fantastic game of handball, Brennan just about got the better of Breen on a 21-15, 21-20 score line.
Michael Busher and Paddy Haughton have come together as a very strong duo in the junior b singles and they delivered a huge performance last Saturday evening to secure a spot in the final as they knocked out strong Offaly partnership Kevin Cooke and Noel O’Brien, 21-14, 21-12.
Eugene Kelly and Peter McGrath were knocked out of the Junior singles during the past week as they lost out 21-16, 21-17 to Keith Kavanagh and James Gregan from Wicklow.
Wexford Farmers Co-op County handball finals.
Goff impressive in title defence.
Barry Goff retained his Wexford Farmers Co-op senior singles handball title in impressive fashion last Wednesday night in the fantastic recently renovated Ballymitty handball court. Up against his friend and rival Gavin Buggy from St Mary’s, Goff offered no time for Buggy to settle and he took the opening set 21-9. There was to be no let up in the charge of the Castlebridge man as he quickly wrapped up the second set with a 21-11 win to retain his title and he is showing some very strong form ahead of this year’s All Ireland Open Senior singles.
Robert Byrne from Bridgetown captured the junior C singles title with a fine performance to see off Paul Cleary (Ballymitty). Robert Byrne took a very close opening set 21-16, and then he took the momentum with him into the second game and drove forward to win 21-5 in the second set and secure the title.
The Masters A singles final was one of the best finals of the week as Shane Rossiter eventually got the better of Mick Armstrong (Davidstown). It was the Armstong who held the aces in the opening game and took the first 21-19, however the pace was increased by Rossiter from that juncture and he took the second set 21-12, and powered home in the third set 21-8.
Ned Buggy won the battle of St Joseph’s in the Diamond Masters A Singles final , as he defeated his club mate Harry Leacy 21-7, 21-10.
Leinster handball finals