Thursday 18 July 2019

Hardball championship making progress


Peter Dennehy

Further progress will be made in All-Ireland Hardball Championship during the coming week. Last night (Wednesday) there were three Hardball Singles fixtures involving Cork players.

In Senior Singles Daniel Relihan, Liscarroll, took on Limerick's C J Fitzpatrick, while in Junior Singles at Tuamgraney in Junior Singles David Walsh, Mallow, faced Jamie Kelly, Galway. Also in junior Singles in an all Cork clash Gearoid O'Connell, Mallow, took on Jamie O'Donnell, Fermoy, and while all three will be difficult to win, hopefully the Cork players can advance in all three.

Moving on to Saturday at Offaly venue Crinkle 6pm start In Senior Doubles Liscarroll pair Daniel Relihan and Michael Hedigan face a stiff test when they take on Westmeath pair Robbie McCarthy and Colm Jordan. The Westmeath pair will carry the favourite tag into the game but Relihan and Hedigan who put in a serious display on Saturday last when disposing of the challenge of Dubliners Eoin Kennedy and Carl Browne advancing in two straight games on a score of 21-10, 21-10. A repeat of that form would give them a great chance of advancing in what promises to be a lively contest.

Also on Saturday at Tipperary venue Lahorna 1pm start in Junior Doubles David Walsh, Mallow, partnered by Jamie O'Donnell, Fermoy play Kildare pair Myles Carroll and Ivan Carroll, both pairs involved here were impressive in their most recent outings. The Cork pair had an impressive win over Limerick pair Jack O'Brien and Eamonn Davern advancing on a score of 21-17, 21-4. While there may not be much between the sides on Saturday if the Cork pair click they have a good chance of advancing.

Last weekend in Junior Singles both Cork players involved advances David Wallsh, Mallow, defeated Darren Carter, Westmeath, 21-13, 21-4 while Jamie O'Donnell, Fermoy, defeated Dublin's Ciaran McCAllan in a lively contest 21-9, 18-21, 21-8.

Also in Junior Singles during the week there was no joy for John Hurley, Liscarroll, who lost to Kerry's Jack O'Shea 21-11, 21-9. There will be a further list of fixtures issued from Croke Park this Thursday for games to be decided on Wednesday next.

The One Wall series of weekend tournaments will continue this weekend as the hugely popular Inis Mhor tournament is decided. This weekend has grown in stature year of year attracting a large entry and a huge gathering of spectators. With many of the top players again competing this year it promises produce a feast of top class skilful handball. A number of Cork players will be competing lets hope some of them will be successful.

Looking ahead Conna will host the Garryanne Kennels sponsored County Juvenile Boys One Wall championship on Saturday week May 25. It is a Singles championship catering for Boys from U-12 to U-17. It has proved to be a very successful championship attracting a bigger entry each year and again this year will be no different with a big entry across the different age groups.

The big task confronting Cork Handball Board in coming weeks will be the staging of Feile Festival Handball Day which is scheduled for Cork venues on Saturday, June 15. With a large entry it will be staged at venues throughout the county, with a few Limerick venues also involved.