Roscommon Handball Round-Up

San Francisco Pro Stop

St. Coman’s Fiona Tully travelled all the way to San Francisco to take part in her first ever 40×20 Pro Stop (professional) tournament.

Despite being the youngest competitor in the event, Fiona impressed onlookers by reaching the semi-finals where she was beaten by current All-Ireland Ladies Senior champion and multiple Pro Stop winner Catriona Casey from Cork.

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In her Round of 16 Fiona beat top New Yorker Danielle Daskalakis in a three game thriller.

Then in her quarter-final she beat current USHA Women’s Classic champion Ashley Moler, currently ranked no. 3 on the Pro Stop tour to advance to the semi-final.

40×20 Doubles Connacht Finals

Roscommon competed in three 40×20 Doubles Connacht finals over the weekend with just one winner.

The Lisacul / St. Coman’s pairing of Gordon Nolan and Michael Egan were victorious in their Junior ‘B’ encounter with Inis Oirr’s Naoise O Flatharta and Mairtin Seoighe.

Played in Claremorris last Sunday the Aran Islanders started well going 8-2 up, but once the Roscommon pair hit their stride they rattled off 16 consecutive points to go 18-8 up.

To their credit the Galway lads fought back to 16-19, but that was as good as it got, with Roscommon running out 21-16 winners.

The second game was quite one-sided with Roscommon never really being troubled winning 21-7 to complete an impressive Connacht campaign.

The Ladies Junior ‘B’ pairing of Laura Mannion and Aoife McDonagh, another St. Coman’s / Lisacul collaboration, were very unlucky in their match with Sligo’s Laura Finn and Sarah Coleman.

Effectively playing against one very good player in Laura Finn, the Roscommon girls won the first 21-15 and were leading the second 20-15, but couldn’t finish it off.

They ended up losing the second by the bare minimum and unfortunately also conceded the third 21-12 in a case of what could have been.

Ladies Junior doubles Linda Connolly and Siobhan Tully were well beaten by strong Galway pair Eimear Ni Bhiadha and Aisling Ni Mhaoileain in Aughagower, Co. Mayo last Saturday.

The Galway girls dominated from the very start and were never really troubled. The final scoreline was 21-10, 21-6.

40×20 Juvenile ‘B’ County Championships

There were three matchups in the Juvenile ‘B’ Count championships in Lisacul last Sunday morning.

In the best match of the day Lisacul’s Sean Corrigan overcame the tough challenge of St. Coman’s Luke Shally in a terrific U11 encounter. Shally won the fist 15-9, but was overturned 15-9 in the second. In a third game that could have gone either way, the cool Corrigan won out 15-13.

In the U11 doubles St. Coman’s duo Cormac Naughton and Seamie Carthy just had a little too much for Lisacul’s John Reilly and Niall McGreal winning 15-9, 15-12 in a competitive affair.

The Girls U12 doubles was a straight forward matter with St. Coman’s Ella Bailey and Shona Kennedy beating Lisacul’s Grace Melvin and Sarah McDermott 15-0, 15-3.

Next up are the Connacht semi-finals against Mayo this Sunday in Claremorris.