THE FIRST Sligo handball gathering of the year will be decided in the St. Mary's handball club on Wednesday evening with the team of six final.
The Sligo handball board organised the tournament with players from Sligo, Mayo and Leitrim taking part. The event has been running since November and Wednesday night's eagerly awaited final shoot out should result in a fiercely close contest between the two teams. Mayo's Joe Mc Cann and Steven Cooney All-Ireland senior club champions with the Ballaghaderreen Club also took part to add to the overall competitive nature of the games. Surprisingly both players failed to reach the final with their respective teams.
Team E captained by Castleconnor's Martin Cooney and Team B skippered by Collooney Shane Bruen both finished on 29 points each to qualify for the final. These two teams met last month with Cooney's Team E just edging it in a thriller.
Wednesday's final looks set to be equally as close. Martin Cooney will partner Leitrim's Jamie Murray in the first doubles contest against Team B of Shane Bruen and Tommy Trill. Cooney and Murray appear to have the stronger firepower. The second doubles see's Mark Murphy and Michael Bruen battle against Seamus Duffy and Larry Jones. Bruen and Murphy were taken to a tie breaker against Duffy and Jones when these two sides played in the qualifying round.
This time Bruen and Murphy should make no mistake and propel Martin Cooney's side to overall victory. While the last doubles match of evening see's rising young Castleconnor star Jason Earlis & Gerry Coleman pitted against Castleconnor duo of Micheal Jones & Tom Foody.
Sligo handball team of 6 final: Wednesday 9th January in St. Mary's handball club at 7 pm. Team B: Shane Bruen, Tommy Trill, Seamus Duffy, Larry Jones, Micheal Jones and Tom Foody v Team E: Martin Cooney, Jamie Murray, Mark Murphy, Michael Bruen, Jason Earlis and Gerry Coleman