The 2015 Wexford G.A.A. handball 60 x 30 championship finals got under way in the St. Mary's club in Wexford town on Monday, with the Senior doubles final taking top billing.
It was an all-St. Mary's contest played in their home court and it proved to be very entertaining as Colin Keeling and Paddy Haughton collected the title by beating their clubmates, Matthew Hynes and Paul Carty.
The first game was very close with all four players performing well and the eventual winners taking the set 21-18. From there Keeling and Haughton pushed on and took control of the second set, securing the title on a 21-9 scoreline.
The curtain-raiser was the ladies' Junior singles final which was a Wexford town club battle between St. Mary's, represented by Holly Hynes, and St. Joseph's, represented by Róisín Walsh. It was a fantastic skilled performance by Hynes as she powered to the title on a 21-3, 21-3 scoreline to further emphasise her continued development as a top-class handballer.
On Wednesday the action switched to Castlebridge for the Junior singles final as home town boy Eugene Kelly took on Galen Riordan from Ballyhogue. It was a fantastic game of handball played in front of a fine crowd.
Riordan pulverised Kelly 21-2 in the opening set and a complete whitewash looked a distinct possibility, but Kelly turned the game on its head as he powered back to take the second set 21-11. No one really knew what lay in store as both players started well in the third set, but Riordan put the foot down and he was crowned Junior singles champion by winning 21-12. The curtain-raiser was another very good game as Pádhraic Roberts and Seán Nolan from Kilmyshall claimed the Junior 'B' doubles title by defeating the home pairing from Castlebridge, John Roche and Stephen Murphy. In another three-set contest, the winning pair took the opening set 21.
The second set went to Roche and Murphy 21-15, but the Kilmyshall men took the title on a 21-13 scoreline in the third set. It marks a first title on the handball court in 20 years for Nolan who is just back in the game over the past twelve months, and he will soon head to Calgary for the world championships.
Another double-header took place in St. Mary's as an all-St. Martin's Junior 'D' singles final featured David Stanners and Paddy Curran. Stanners took the local bragging rights and was claimed champion on a 21-12, 21-15 scoreline.
The second game saw Shane Rossiter and Phil Coleman crowned Masters 'A' doubles champions as they defeated Ricky Barron and Mick Donovan from Barntown in the final. The Ballymitty men took the title 21-14, 21-12.
The Masters 'B' doubles final took place in Kilmyshall on Wednesday and it saw Damien Kelly and Ned Connors from Coolgreany storm to a 21-2, 21-3 win over David Cleary and Marty Kinsella from Ballymitty. The Golden Masters 'A' singles final also took place and it saw home man Mick Armstrong take the title as he defeated Johnny Goggins from New Ross on a 21-12, 21-16 scoreline.
On Saturday night another double-header of action began with the final of the Golden Masters 'B' singles, and it saw Stephen Murphy from Castlebridge triumph 21-16, 21-9 against Frank Maddock from Ballymitty.
That was followed by the final of the Junior 'C' singles where Fintan Furlong from St. Mary's was crowned champion as he defeated James Stanners from St. Martin's on a 21-13, 21-17 scoreline.