Thursday 22 March 2018

U-14/15 handballers face Kildare in softball All-Ireland final

Peter Dennehy

SATURDAY is an important day for our Mallow Credit Union sponsored U-14/15 team when they take on Kildare in the 60x30 Softball Inter-county team championship at Cashel with a 1pm start. This final will bring the curtain down on the 60x30 softball season.

Cork have a well balanced team on duty they have put in a lot of effort over the past few months, training regularly in Cullen under the watchful eye of team coach Ken O'Neill he has spared no effort in ensuring that all players on the team are ready for the big day. It wont be an easy assignment as information to hand suggests Kildare also have a well balanced team.

The Cork team is drawn from three clubs Mallow have the monolopy supplying five of the eight players, David Walsh, Tadhg O'Neill, Michael O'Malley, Padraig O'Driscoll, Seamus Buckley, Ballydesmond have two Darragh Moynihan, Pauric O'Leary, with Boherbue player David O'Connor completing the panel. There are high hopes that the team will do well as they are all very promising talented players, a win here would do a huge amount for their confidence.

At provincial level the concluding games of the inter-club championship will be decided in the next few days, a number of Cork teams have already bowed out of contention, In the Open semi-final Tipperary side Ballina proved too strong for Mallow in Nenagh on Monday evening, Ballina now go on to play Ballydesmond in the provincial final. In Junior both semi-finals were played on Tuesday evening Boherbue v Kilworth in an all Cork clash with Fermoy taking on Cashel in second s/final. Both winners are back in action in the final this Friday in Mallow with an 8pm start.

In Junior B a number of Cork clubs bowed out over the past week, Conna lost to Hospital, who in turn went on to score a narrow win over Ballydesmond in Broadford on Monday evening. Mallow are the only Cork club left standing in this championship, they had a good win Carrick-on-Suir in the round of 16 and also took the scalp of Kerry side Glenbeigh in Ballydesmond on Monday evening they have a nicely balanced young team in Ryan Harkin, Ciaran Buckley, Ken O'Neill, Darren Whelan, the semi-final pairings are Broadford v Nenagh they play in Cappagh this Thursday evening, and Mallow v Hospital who are also in action this Thursday evening in Broadford both games have an 8pm start. The Final is scheduled for Cappagh on Monday at 8pm.

At county level it's all systems go in Liscarroll for the Joe Collins Memorial Masters Singles Tournament sponsored by Gerard Cantillon Auto Repairs which started with section C on Thursday evening. The tournament, which is open to players from all Munster counties, is divided into three sections A, B and C, and will produce many exciting contest. Games each evening will commence at 7.30pm. The first games this Thursday evening are the all Liscarroll clash of Dan O'Brien v Tony Buckley and Tom Tobin, St Finbarrs v John Sheehan, on Friday evening Mike O'Connor, Limerick v Eamonn Spillane, Tipperary and Jerry Foley, Tipperary v Noel Duggan, Limerick.

On Monday evening the winner of Dan O'Brien v Tony Buckley play the winner of John Sheehan v Tom Tobin with the second game on Monday evening being the winner of Mike O'Connor v Eamonn Spillane v winner Jerry Foley v Noel Duggan

On Tuesday evening Denis Aherne v Pat O'Brien and Pat Clancy v jimmy Fanning. On Wednesday evening Jack Dillon v Paul Hynes and Stephen McInerney v Eugene O'Sullivan with these games keeping the Liscarroll venue busy all week. The Final of Section C is scheduled for Saturday November 23.

Also notice to all clubs a blitz catering for U10 and U11s both Boys and Girls will be hosted by Ballydesmond club on Saturday, November 16 open to all clubs in the county. These blitz competitions are fun competitions designed to introduce young boys and girls to playing and enjoying handball as a game, the fun element is very important to allow young players settle in to the game.