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60x30 Connacht handball finals

Aug 8, 2022 11:08 By Dave Hooper
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60x30 Connacht handball finals round-up

The match of the weekend saw Lisacul's Denis Creaton to a humdinger masters singles over Williamstown's Ollie Conway.

Played in Conway's home court, Creaton was faster out of the blocks and always slightly ahead, nicking the first 21-18. All seemed to be going his way in the second as he held a 10 point lead.

However Conway suddenly went reeled off a long sequence of kills that Creaton could only admire. This brought the Galway man right back into the fray, taking the second 21-17.

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The tie-breaker was nip and tuck with Creaton holding his nerve to win by the tightest of margins 11-10. Creaton had beaten Ballaghadereen's Campbell Brennan comfortably in their semi-final the previous weekend.

Junior B semi-final

St. Coman's Colm Walshe won his Junior 'B' semi-final against Mayo's Chris Gavigan quite handily in Collooney, Co. Sligo. The skilful left-hander was never in any real trouble and exhibited some lovely plays on his way to a 21-5, 21-13 win. Walshe’s final opponent and date has not been finalised at the time of going to press.

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St. Coman's Carragh Kennedy was in top form on Friday last taking the minor ladies Connacht title with an easy victory over Galway's Emma Kinane. On paper this would have looked a potential banana skin. Kinane is a very accomplished 40x20 player who beat Carragh widely in their small alley Connacht final.

However, Kinane is not as familiar with the big alley and Carragh's hard-hitting saw a comfortable two straight games victory.

St. Coman's Rory Carthy lost out to Sligo's outstanding Cormac Finn in the minor boy’s singles final. Which was a repeat of their superb 40x20 encounter last February.

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Unlike the previous match, Carthy had extremely limited preparation, due to his county minor football commitments. Nonetheless Carthy put in a very impressive display against one of the rising stars in Irish handball before sucumbing 21-8, 21-9.

Connacht finals

In the Connacht finals played in St. Coman's two former Roscommon players now sporting Galway colours had mixed results.

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Ballymoe's Prionsias Maughan had a titanic struggle with Mayo's super-fit Michael Ginley in their golden master’s singles match, before Prionsias emerged victorious on a 21-17, 16-21, 11-5 score-line.

Brendan McDonagh returned to play in his hometown but couldn't repel Mayo's Jonathon Conroy in their over-35 'B' singles match. Fitness played a big part in Conroy's 21-10, 21-11 win.

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