Fiona Tully is finding it difficult to make the final step up to the elite level at Ladies handball at the 40×20 Ladies Open.
Last Saturday in the Ladies Open semi-final held in Kingscourt she met Limerick’s outstanding Martina McMahon, who along with her great rival Catriona Casey have monopolised all forms of Ladies handball for the last few years.
Tully showed some lovely touches in the first and matched her vaunted opponent for much of the game but McMahon’s greater consistency became more apparent as the match went on and she took a hard-fought first 21-13.
The second was much more one-sided as the Limerick star was in full flow and Tully tired with McMahon taking it on a scoreline of 21-3.
Tully had ridiculously been forced to play her re-scheduled quarter-final against Kildare’s Molly Dagg only 24 hours earlier due to a very preventable communication gaff by a local admistrator, which resulted in huge confusion before a CCCC appeal resolved the situation.
Tully won that match 21-8, 21-20.
40×20 Juvenile All-Ireland Semi-finals
The two Roscommon representatives in the 40×20 Juvenile All-Ireland semi-finals were in superb form over the weekend with both Shauna Corrigan and Siobhan Treacy winning their ways through to the All-Ireland finals in two weeks time.
Lisacul’s Corrigan travelled to Nenagh, Co.Tipperary to take on local girl Christine Percy in the Girls U14 grade and settled remarkably quickly going 9-4 up in double quick time. Percy fought back hard but Shauna finished the first off 15-9.
The second game followed a similar pattern as Corrigan took a 11-4 lead, but once again the Tipp girl clawed all the way back to 13 each before the West Roscommon girl cooly finished the game off 15-13.
Siobhan Treacy was very impressive in her dismantling af the Cork’s stylish Sarah O’Malley in their Girls U16 match. Utilising a wonderfully consistent underhand lob serve she never let the local girl into the first winning 21-7.
The second was much closer for long periods with scores being tied on a number of occasions, but eventually Corrigan’s greater consistency won the day taking the second 21-13.
40×20 Masters All-Ireland semi-final
Sean Jenning’s old inconsistency habit came back to haunt him in his 40×20 Masters All-Ireland semi-final held in Ballaghaderreen last Saturday.
After a very impressive Connacht campaign where he took down two strong opponents, Sean was well off his best in going down to Westmeath’s Colm Jordan 6-21, 13-21.
Gerry Mahon RIP
The handball community were saddened to hear of the recent death of former St. Coman’s stalwart Gerry Mahon.
A hard-hitting left-hander and great character, Gerry’s finest moment came when he teamed up with Kevin Fullard to win the 1961 All-Ireland Junior Doubles hardball title. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.