OUR Mallow Credit Union sponsored teams enjoyed a very good run in the Munster team championship in Clarecastle last Saturday , qualifying for all three provincial finals but they had to give best to Tipperary in all three and settle for the runners-up silver medals.
Starting with U-12/13 we defeated Waterford and Limerick to reach the final at the other side Tipperary defeated Clare in the semifinal to set up a Cork v Tipperary clash, it was a very good contest the teams were level going into the last doubles game but Tipperary finished stronger to win by a margin of twenty aces in the end final score Tipperary 78 aces Cork 58 aces. There was a very high standard in this final and many of the players on both teams look to have a very bright future. The Cork team was Jerry O'Sullivan, Boherbue and Mallow players Cian O'Driscoll, Michael O'Malley, David Walsh, Tadgh O'Neill, Darragh Moynihan.
In U-14/15 Cork defeated Limerick in the semi-final with another good display, at the other side Tipperary again defeated Clare to set up another Cork v Tipperary final, again the standard here was very high with some very good handball played by all. Tipperary made more use of the chances that came their way, they picked up some vital aces in each game to eventually win 90 aces to 64.
The Cork team on duty here was Shane Flynn, Boherbue, Ballydesmond players Kevin O'Connell and Jerry Cronin and Kilworth trio Oisin Hickey, Jamie Kennelly and Jamie McCarthy. In U-16/17 Cork and Tipperary again qualified for the final this time it was a very close affair all through with just a few aces separating the sides and in the end Tipperary had five aces to spare winning on a score of 47 aces to 42. The Cork team on duty was Kilworth trio Timmy Dunne, Brian Sheehan and Aidan O'Brien and Ballydesmond player Matthew Collins. Even though we lost all three finals it was a very good weekend for all the players concerned and will prove to be a very good learning experience for them as the new 40x20 season progresses.
Back to the future and playing action the Liscarroll club commenced the Jerry Hallahan Memorial Team Tournament last night with the meeting of Cappagh and Liscarroll C in that opening game, the tournament has continued to grow in both size and stature over the years and is now recognised as the best team tournament run in Munster, there is again a big entry this year and no doubt many exciting games will be witnessed over the next few weeks.
Games each night commence at 7.30 the programme for the coming week starting tonight (Thursday) we have the meeting of Ballydesmond A and Broadford B; on Friday Liscarroll A and Boherbue clash, while on Saturday evening it's the meeting of Mallow and Ballydesmond C. On Monday evening Broadford A take on KilworthB, on Tuesday Ballydesmond B face Galbally, and on Wednesday evening Liscarroll B take on Limerick side Hospital. It has all the making of a very good week of handball which should produce some very close contests.
Upcoming action at Intercounty level hots up as the weeks go by, For our juvenile players next up are the Munster Primary School A and B Inter-county team competitions, they are scheduled for early December, our juvenile committee and selectors have set trials in Mallow on Saturday November 17 to finalise both teams. Also coming down the track are the 40x20 All-Ireland Inter Club team
Championships which are scheduled for the weekend of December 1/2. There are four grades Open, Intermediate, Junior and Junior. B each county can have one entry in each grade, This means that a county championship is run in each grade which must be played off in the next two weeks as the closing date for entries from counties in November 23.
All teams interested must have their entry with the county secretary by this evening Thursday, November 8. County 40x20 championship is also just around the corner all entries from clubs must be submitted to the county secretary not later than Wednesday next November 14 with the championship scheduled to start on November 28.