60x30 Masters 'B' Doubles All-Ireland Final
The St. Coman's/Curraghboy pairing of Glen Walsh and Paul Kelly won the 60x30 Masters 'B' Doubles All-Ireland final played in Cashel, Co. Tipperary last Sunday.
They defeated Wexford's Noel Holohan and Michal O'Neill 21-4, 21-9.
Kelly, despite being a predominantly small alley player, has a lovely big alley style and he has teamed up very well with Walsh, whose hard-hitting style is right at home in a 60x30 court.
As expected, the Slaneysiders tried hard, but the Roscommon duo dominated the play throughout.
60x30 Masters 'A' Doubles All-Ireland Final
Lisacul's Denis Creaton and Sean Jennings were well beaten in the 60x30 Masters 'A' Doubles All-Ireland final held in Tuamgreaney, Co. Clare last Sunday. Their opponents were Tipperary's John Ferncombe and David Moloney.
The west Roscommon pair never got into the game, failing to capitalise on an apparent leg injury Ferncombe was carrying. Moloney was the class player in the court and controlled the action from the offset leading Tipp to a 21-4, 21-8 victory.
60x30 U16 All-Ireland Final
St. Coman's Eoghan Carthy was beaten by Kilkenny's Noah Minogue in his bid to become 60x30 U16 All-Ireland champion last Sunday.
This match was originally fixed for next weekend, but due to Carthy's participation in the football county minor final, the game was re-fixed. The long-standing tradition in handball dictates that the party seeking the re-fixture must concede home venue. Hence this match ended up in the famous Talbot's Inch court in Kilkenny city.
In the first game the hard-hitting Minogue shot out of the blocks and kept Carthy at the back of the court with some superb volleying and round-the-walls handball. Carthy struggled for most of that game. When the score hit 18-3, he finally seemed to hit his stride and produced some fantastic kills. Minogue seemed to struggle to finish the game off.
Carthy maintained the pressure for quite some time, before the Noresider eventually finished the game 21-9.
Having finished the first so strongly Carthy started the second superbly, again killing consistently, especially off the back wall. Carthy looked like taking over when he led 11-3, but great credit must go to Minogue who maintained his composure and kept chipping away.
This was in no small part caused by the consistent hard-hitting of Minogue and unfortunately, Carthy's purple patch soon came to an end as the Kilkenny lad simply never let up, running out a very impressive winner 21-9, 21-12.