Youths win six Leinster golds
WEXFORD JUVENILE handballers produced a remarkable six gold medals at the Leinster final stage last weekend.
Colm Parnell and Ciarán Power got the medal haul under way when they colected the Under-12 doubles crown by beating Robert Dowling and Jack Barcoe from Kilkenny on a 15-14, 15-10 scoreline, while in Under-12 singles Todd Hynes must wait for another chance as he lost in the final 15-12, 15-10 to Ciarán Cooney from Kilkenny.
Patrick Boland delivered a fine performance to capture the Under-13 singles crown as he brushed aside Eoin Ryan from Kilkenny in impressive fashion.
Tomás Hall and Daniel Kavanagh sprung Wexford's third triumph of the weekend in the Under-14 doubles final by beating Shane Dunne and Dion Burke from Kilkenny.
The boys' Under-15 singles representative, Keith Armstrong, was unlucky to lose out in the final as he found Pádraig Cooney from Kilkenny in too good form. His doubles counterparts, Seamus Sinnott and Stevie Lawlor, also came close but got no rewards as they were beaten by Dylan Cahill and Seán Carey from Kilkenny.
It was handed over to the girls of county Wexford to scoop the remaining Leinster titles. Holly Hynes blitzed her way to success in the Under-13 singles final as she was too good for Sorcha Delaney on a 15-1, 15-12 scoreline.
Tara Doyle and Emma Goff came very close in the Under13 doubles final but, after winning the opening set 15-2 against Niamh Gleeson and Niamh Rock from , the black and amber girls won the remaining sets 15-4, 15-7.
Chloe Cash and Courtney Browne secured success in the Under-15 doubles for Wexford by defeating Deirdre Purcell and Carol Walsh from Kilkenny on an 11-15, 15-2, 15-2 scoreline.
Ciara Rossiter completed the success for Wexford by capturing a Leinster title at Under-17 singles in her first year as a handball player. The top sport'sperson from St. Martin's can add handball to her success list now as she scooped the rewards 21-8, 21-9 against Niamh O'Shea from Kilkenny.
It was a tough week on the 60 x 30 courts at a national stage for Wexford handballers as three players suffered defeats in the All-Ireland semi-finals of their repsective events.
Galen Riordan can feel the hardest done by of the lot as he came so close to a big win in the Minor singles before going down to Pádraig Quish from Limerick. Riordan began in impressive fashion, taking the opening set 21-19.
Quish took control in the second set and won it 21-14. With the match evenly-poised the third set was a thriller and it was heartbreak for the Ballyhogue man as he served three times for the match but eventually lost 21-20 in the third game.
Darren O'Toole did not produce anything near his best in the Junior singles All-Ireland semi-final as he was beaten 21-15, 21-6 by David Hickey from Tipperary.
It was a night to forget for Gavin Buggy as his good friend and former doubles partner, Dominic Lynch from Kerry, powered past him in the Over-35 singles semi-final, winning 21-8, 21-2.
There was success for two Wexford partnerships last week as the last of this year's 60 x 30 Leinster finals were played out. Michael Busher (Bridgetown) and Paddy Haughton (St. Mary's) came through a three-set thriller against Kilkenny brothers Brendan and Diarmuid Burke to capture the Junior 'B' doubles crown 21-18, 17-21, 21-9.
Wexford's second success came from Tommy Hynes and Paul Carty. Fresh from their big scalp of Michael 'Duxie' Walsh and Eddie Burke in the semi-final, another big name of the big court was put to the sword as Tom Sheridan from Meath and Joe Lynch were blown away by the St. Mary's duo who took both games 21-9.