Monday 15 July 2019

Cork handballers in action in two hardball All-Ireland finals

Peter Dennehy

The All-Ireland Hardball Championship Finals will have pride of place in handball this weekend with four finals all down for decision on Saturday afternoon with Cork players contesting two.

Both Cork finals are at Broadford venue with a 1.30pm start,the programme will open with Junior Doubles in which David Walsh, Mallow, team up with Jamie O'Donnell, Fermoy, to play Tipperary pair Paul Mullins/Kevin Dempsey.

The Cork pair have been impressive in their games to date in particular their semi-final win over a strong Kildare pair winning the first game 21-7 and then overcoming a strong Kildare fight back in the second to win it 21-17 to book their place in the final.

Tipperary, however, have a strong pair in Mullins and Dempsey who will not be easily beaten. There may not be a lot between them at the end with the Cork pair hopefully coming out on top.

The second and feature game in Broadford is Senior Doubles a Cork v Kerry clash, with Liscarroll pair Daniel Relihan/Michael Hedigan facing Kerry Glenbeigh club pair Dominic Lynch/John Joe Quirke. This promises to be a lively contest.

The Cork pair have enjoyed success in Hardball in recent years winning Minor,Junior and intermediate titles on their way to the Senior grade and have been impressive this year in their Senior games, having knocked out a number of experienced players on their way to the final. This will be a big test for them against a more experienced Kerry pair, who have also been impressive on their path to the final. It would be a great boost for the Cork pair in they could win a Senior title.

The Minor Final on Saturday at Talbots Inch is an all Kilkenny clash with Jack Doyle/Jack Holden tasking on Billy O'Neill/Harry Delaney.

The fourth final on Saturday is Intermediate Doubles at Wicklow venue Tinahely with Kilkenny pair William Love/Shane Dunne playing Dublin Ian Griffin/Michael Carrie.

On the domestic scene on Saturday the Garryanne Kennels, Conna sponsored County One Wall Boys Singles championship is down for decision U-12 Singles to U-17 Singles. This championship continues to grow in stature and has thrown up some very skilfull contests each year. With a big entry for Saturdays championship it again should produce a good days handball. Looking ahead to Munster One Wall championship entry forms have been circulated to all counties all interested in competing need to ensure they get their entry in on time.

Day by day the John West sponsored Feile Handball Festival which is scheduled for Cork and Limerick venues on Saturday June 15 draws nearer.The full fixture list has now been circulated to all counties as work continues behind the scenes to have everything in place for a successful Handball Feile.