COONEY'S TEAM emerge as worthy champions with narrow victory
Martin Cooney's team emerged Sligo handball 40 x 20 team champions following a narrow victory over Shane Bruen's team in last Wednesday's team final held in the Castleconnor Club
Both sides qualified for the final on 29 points each and the final proved equally close.
In a rollercoaster first doubles match Martin Cooney and Jamie Murray took on Shane Bruen and Tommy Trill both from the Collooney club. In a highly entertaining game that was level on no less than 5 occasions it was the Bruen and Trill that finished the stronger to take the first game by 21-18.
Cooney and Murray the favourites came back strongly in the second game completely dominating the second game all too easily by 21-2 thus forcing the tie break game. Murray was having a great game on the left and with Cooney coming more into the game it looked like they would go on to take the match. However Bruen and Trill didn't read the script and stormed out of the blocks to stun Murray and Cooney. Bruen and talented teenager Trill who was making a welcome return to handball went swiftly into a big lead with a flurry of points leading by 8-2. Bruen and Trill were now in the driving seat and won in a storming finish by 11-2.
In the second doubles match Mark Murphy and Micheal Bruen proved too strong for Seamus Duffy and Larry Jones by 21-2, 21-6.
The last doubles match between Colin Conlon /Gerry Coleman and Tom Foody and Micheal Jones both from the Castleconnor club proved very exciting. Foody and Jones had a big lead of 18-6 in the opening game but Conlon and Coleman found their range and hit back in impressive style. Despite a spirited comeback it was Foody and Jones that held firm to win the first game by 21-12.
Going into the final game Shane Bruen and Martin Cooney were level on points with both sets of supporters getting fully behind their players. Colin Conlon from the near Bunniconlon club in Mayo & Gerry Coleman the Collooney club man greater team work put Martin Cooney's team well out in front by 17-7. Conlon's strong play and Coleman's expert serving and creativity opened up Foody andJones shortcomings. Eventually, It was Conlon and Colman that emerged winners in a frenetic finish. Conlon was the hero in the end with an expertly taken kill shot into the right corner sealing the win
Handball Treasurer Oisin Quinn presented the winners and runnersup with their trophies