Monday 24 June 2019

Difficult weekend on court for Rebel teams in the doubles

Peter Dennehy - Handball notes

Last weekend the curtain came down on 60/30 2018 adult All-Ireland championship with the Doubles finals decided at venues throughout the county.

The main focus was on the Croke Park programme on Saturday three finals Minor Doubles, Intermediate Singles and Senior Doubles which did not disappoint the large attendance providing some top class fare.

The Senior Final was a very exciting fare with Meath pair Brian Carroll / Gary McConnell overcoming Dublin pair Eoin Kennedy / Carl Browne in a three game thriller on a score of 19/21, 21/12, 21/17.

Cork's main interest was in the opening game Minor Doubles in which Mallow pair Conor Walsh / Cian O'Driscoll took on Kilkenny Ciaran Cooney / Billy O'Neill a game in which the Kilkenny pair proved that bit stronger taking the title on a score 21/11, 10/21, 21/10.

While the Cork pair will be disappointed at losing they put in a good performance which augers well for the future.

In the third game in Croke Park Intermediate Singles the title went to Brian Mahon, Kilkenny he defeated Waterford player Philip Butler also going to three games on a score 21/19, 13/21, 21/8.

Cork players contested three finals on Sunday but again ended up on the losing side in all three.

At Clonmel in Over 35B Doubles Ballydesmond pair Donnacha O'Dea / Philip O'Carroll lost to Wexford Paddy Houghton/Matthew Hynes on a score of 21/19,21/12.

While the Cork pair could have won the first game Wexford were more clinical in the second winning it 21/12 to take the title.

Thurles venue hosted a double header on Sunday with Cork players involved in both Finals down for the decision. The opening game was Emerald Masters A Doubles in which John Hedigan, Liscarroll teamed up with John Herlihy, Conna to face Kilkenny pair Philly Parsons / Eamon Butler, both sides certainly served up an exciting contest giving it their all.

There was very little between them in the first game with Kilkenny making a few crucial aces late on to take it 21/16, Cork took control in the second game going on to win it 21/9 and take the destination of the title to a third, again a very close contest ensued in that third as the sides traded ace for ace.

However again as in the first Kilkenny finished that bit stronger to take the third 21/18 and clinch the title.

The second game on the programme was Junior B Doubles Final in which David Walsh, Mallow teamed up with John Hurley, Liscarroll to take on Kildare's Myles Carroll / Jamie Balfe, David Walsh had beaten Myles Carroll in the Singles Final a few weeks back, but on this occasion the Kildare pair were hell bent on not losing both Singles and Doubles Finals to Cork, while both Cork players played well.

Kildare dominated the game to take the title in two games on a score of 21/10, 21/12.

Back to upcoming games our Mallow Credit Union sponsored Under 12/13 and Under 14/15 teams continue their preparation for the All Ireland series with fixtures for those expected in the next few days.

On the domestic scene County Under 12 to Under 16 Singles juvenile league is up and running and will continue through November and early December.