Update 6 on Handball Leinsters

Anna still tops in Leinster

Kildare’s longtime star performer in the Ladies game, Anna Spence, served notice that she is still right up there with the best on the national and international scene when she convincingly overcame the highly rated Shauna Hilley in the Leinster Senior  Final in Coolboy on Saturday  11th February.
Having earlier in the week accounted for the experienced Patricia Doyle on a 21-6, 21-4 scoreline, Anna was clearly in the mood to make it a double over formidable Wicklow  opposition. Well-prepared and in excellent physical shape, Anna’s skill-set provided her with a range of shot options which the young Coolboy girl just could not match and  this versatility, together with her precise killing, gave her dominance throughout the first game  as she eased to a 21-4 victory. The second  game had taken on similar pattern with Anna moving smoothly and confidently to an 11-1 lead and looking set for a facile victory. However, a change of serve from Shauna brought her a few quick points and almost from nowhere she was  back into contention. With increasing confidence and power shooting she wiped out the deficit and moved to a 13-11 lead with the prospectof a tie-break game becoming becoming ever more likely. Anna was not to be denied however and her confidence in her own skills became very evident when she rattled off a string of excellent kill shots to regain the initiative and take the game  and the title on a score of 21-15.


Success for Anna was balanced by disappointment later in the day when Ellen O’Connor and Aileen Quinn went down to a heavy defeat against Kilkenny pair, Rachel Hogan and Maria Walshe in the Junior B Doubles Final  in Tinryland. The Leixlip girls could never raise their game and the Noresiders had no problems in inflicting a second final defeat on the same opposition having already beaten them at the same stage in 2011. The score on this occasion was 21-1; 21-5.



Result Update

MS: Robert Maguire dft. James Baugh (Meath) 21-3; 21-4

MBS: PJ Tobin lost to Damien Kelly (Wexford) 15-21; 11-21

JS: Paul Moran lost to Peter Reilly (Meath) 20-21; 14-21

LJBS. Ellen O’Connor dft. Arlene Watkins (Offaly) 21-3; 21-6

JBD: Tommy Archbald/Fergie Byrne w/o P Sheridan/Ptnr (Meath)

SMBD: Kevin Kelly & Jamie Travers dft. Jimmy Shanhan/Sean Walsh Kilkenny 2-0.

JBD: Terry Spence/Neville Doyle lost to Andrew Hosey/Andrew Lawlor (Kilkenny) 6-21; 7-21

LJBD: Ellen O'Connor/Aileen Quinn dft. Arlene Watkins/Christine Donoghue (Offaly) 21-1; 21-1

JD: Niall O’Connor/Paul Moran dft. Stephen & Murt Doyle (Carlow) 21-2; 21-3

JS: Dara Ward v Shane Hennelly (Dublin) – no result returned

JS Niall O’Connor dft. John Leahy (Meath) 21-5; 21-2

EMAS: Ollie Deegan lost to v Johnny Brennan (Kilkenny) 2-21; 16-21

EMBS: John O’Donnell w/o v Billy Love (Kilkenny) scr.
EMBS: Des Lyons scr. (injured) v Gerry Murphy w/o

JBD: Maurice Murray/Jamie Balfe scr. v M Busher/T Hardy OR K Barrett/A Geoghegan w/o

JBD:   P J Tobin/Damian Carty lost to v Brendan & Diarmuid Burke (Kilkenny) 11-21; 13-21

MS:     Robert Maguire lost to Galen Riordan (Wexford) 11-21; 8-21
GMBS: Niall Leavy lost to Frank Kerins (Dublin) 7-21; 11-21

GMAS: Michael Dowling dft. Sean Devlin (Louth) 21-1; 21-5

LJS:    Una Wrynn dft. Niamh Egan (Westmeath) 21-14; 21-15

JD Dara Ward/P J McGrath scr.-inj v Shem Kelly/Patrick Nolan (Kilkenny) W/O

O35BD: Noel Winders/Ptr v Kevin Woods/Jimmy Long (Kilkenny) –No result returned

O35BD: Christy Browne/Gary Balfe scr. inj v Stuart Heslin/Allan Smith (Louth) W/O

GMBD: Tony Fingleton/Niall Leavy lost to Mick Tiernan/John Kelly (Louth) 7-21; 21-20; 12-21
MBD: Neilly Morrison/James Travers v Ricky Barron/Mick Armstrong (Wexford) - No result returned

RMD: John O’Neill/Declan Quigley dft. Tom Rossiter/Tom Donohue (Wexford) 13-21; 21-11; 21-

JD: Nial O’Connor/Paul Moran dft. Colin Melody/Danny Reilly ( Dublin) 21-4; 21-7

EMAD: Ollie Deegan/Pat Coffey v Johnny Brennan/Joe Hennessy(Kilkenny) – No result returned

SS: Niall O’Connor lost to Gavin Buggy (Wexford) 21-7;17-21; 5-21
EMB: John O’Donnell/Des Lyons scr. –inj v Mick Doyle/Eamon Sunderland (Carlow) W/O

LJBS  Aileen Quinn dft. Julie Walsh (Kilkenny) 21-1; 21-9

EMBS: John O’Donnell lost to John Kelly 7-21; 7-21

JS: Niall O’Connor lost to Jerome Willoughby (Wicklow) 21-13; 12-21; 7-21

GMAS: Mickey Dowling v Benny Doyle (Wexford) OR Eamonn Rice (Wicklow) –No result returned

RMD: Declan Quigley/John O’Neill lost to Paddy Reilly/Seamus Reade (Kilkenny) 15-21;13-21

SMBD: Kevin Kelly/Ptr v Eamonn Holohan/Tom Dooley (Kilkenny) - No Result returned

LJBD:            Ellen O’Connor/Aileen Quinn dft. Michelle Boland/Amanda Kelly (Wexford) 17-21; 21-15; 21-9
: Aileen Quinn lost to Maria Walshe (Kilkenny) 12-21; 10-21

LJBS: Ellen O’Connor lost to Rachel Hogan (Kilkenny 6-21; 7-21

JD:  Niall O’Connor/Paul Moran dft William & Daniel Love (Kilkenny) 21-12; 20-21; 21-15

LJBD: Final: Ellen O’Connor/Aileen Quinn lost to Rachel Hogan/Marie Walshe (Kilkenny) 6-21; 7-21

LSS: Anna Spence dft. Patricia Doyle (Wicklow) 21-6; 21-4

LSS: Final: Anna Spence dft. Shauna Hilley (Wicklow) 21-4; 21-15


Tuesday, February 14th

At Kells

8.00 GMAS Final: Mick  Dowling v R McCarthy (Westmeath)  

At Garryhill

7.30 JD Final: Paul Moran/ Niall O’Connor v Ciran Neary/Ger McGrath (Kilkenny)

Thursday February 16th

At Mullingar
6.00 LJS Final: Una Wrynn v Aoife McCarthy (Westmeath)


Clubs are asked to provide all results/scores to County Secretary for inclusion on Monday weekly update

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