Success For Juvenile Handballers

Following their impressive performance in defeating Kells CS, Meath, at the quarter final stage earlier this month, Jack Tobin and Kevin Diggins, representing Coláiste Chiaráin, Leixlip and Kildare, went the full distance to take the Leinster Colleges 1st year Doubles title in Tinryland on Wednesday 22nd February.
At semi-final stage, the Leixlip pairing defeated Birr CS in straight games winning 15-9, 15-8. In the final, the boys came up against Wexford VS and emerged victorious on a score of 15-9, 15-4, having trailed early in the first game. While both players had their moments over the two matches, what was most eye-catching was the teamwork displayed by both which hopefully will stand to them as they go into Leinster championship action shortly.

 Kildare representatives also got off to a good start to their provincial champioship campaigns on Saturday 25th February with two victories over Carlow opposition in Leixlip
While Leah Doyle never had to really open up against the inexperienced Sinead Hayden, she nevertheless showed that she is intent on retaining her U/12 crown with an impressive 15-0; 15-1 win. Áine O’Keeffe played some lovely handball against Garryhill’s Michelle Nolan at U/16 singles but went through a difficult period in the second game before taking the match on a 21-7; 21-10 scoreline. Sean Muddiman goes through on a walkover from Carlow’s Damien Jordan but would have benefited from a competitive outing before he takes on the winners of the Offaly/Kilkenny clash in the next round. Kildare’s other representatives on the day, Maynooth’s O’Donnell brothers, had no luck, with Tommy losing out at U/12 singles and the U/15 doubles pairing of Simon and Michael going down in a tie-break match.

Elsewhere over the weekend, Anna Spence maintained her excellent recent form when she had an impressive two-game victory over Mayo’s Pauline Gallagher in the Ladies Open Singles. Power serving and hard-fought rallies were the outstanding features of this clash with Anna in control of proceedings and playing with a confidence born of long experience at the top levels of ladies handball. The final outcome was a fair reflection of her dominance in a match which ended on a 21-16; 21-8 scoreline.

Further afield in Missouri, US, Niall O’Connor’s run in the National Collegiates came to a halt when he lost out to an old adversary, Daniel Cordova of Mexico, at the semi-final stage of the Men’s Open on a scoreline of 14-21; 18-21. A titanic battle followed in the final with Cordova going down to the ever-present Martin Mulkerrins of Galway on a 10-11 tiebreak score, having served for the match 10-7 ahead.

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