There was no joy for Michael Egan and Glenn Walshe both lost their matches in the 60×30 All-Ireland finals at Moycullen’s beautiful new big alley.
Michael Egan faced a difficult task against Clare’s very experienced Fergal Coughlan in the Junior ‘B’ decider, Egan’s powerful underhand strokes would seem to be more suited to the big court.
His well-documented lack of preparation came back to bite Egan displaying difficulty establishing a serve and frequently took the wrong options a reluctance to take the opportunity presented led to a decisive 21-8, 21-10 victory for Coughlan.
Glenn Walshe had a very different encounter with in his Over 35 ‘B’ final. Facing a fine 60×30 player in Limerick’s Keith Heelan, Walshe started in superb fashion going 7-0 up on his first service visit.
The Limerick man didn’t take long to find his form though, his killing was highly efficient from anywhere around the middle of the court.
After some fine rallies he drew level at 10 each and powered his way to an impressive 21-11 first game win.
Walshe changed serve in the second, using an overhand serve from the right side straight into the left corner, which caused a lot of problems for Heelan, even when he moved up to take it on the ‘fly’.
Walshe switched to a power serve breaking the ball hard off the left wall which put Heelan on the defensive and allowed Walshe to repeatedly finish in the left corner.
Leading 20-10, although Heelan got back to 15, the St. Coman’s man finished the game off 21-15.
It looked like anybody’s game at the start of the third, especially as Heelan appeared to be tiring, however, he ground out a number of aces in the middle of the game when scores were very tight that effectively won him the match.
While it must be said he also got the rub of the green on a number of occasions his killing was excellent throughout and he won an exciting third game 21-12.