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March 12th, 2019

Harps Handball Notes

Congratulations to Eoghan McGinnity and Deivydas Kaklauskas on winning their All-Ireland Semi-Final matches against strong Connaught opposition in Mayo and Roscommon last week. They now proceed to the Finals on March 23rd in Kingscourt

The former had a  relatively easy two-game victory in minor singles while the latter achieved an exciting victory in the U17 Singles.

Deivydas travelled to Roscommon on Sunday morning to play the local hero Liam Egan before a big audience of local supporters. However this did not affect his performance as he played magnificent handball. He admitted himself that it was his best-ever handball. He praised the speed of the Roscommon court and wished that the final could be in this court.

He won 21-18 in game one against a terrific opponent and led all the way in game two. However Liam brought the scores level at 18-18 and proceeded to serve to tie the match at 20-18. Service changed hands on four occasions. There was to be no tie-break as Deivydas produced an unstoppable serve down the right  to leave the scores at 19-20. This serve had the audience in awe. The standard of handball from both players was truly awesome.

The Harps player brought the scores to 20-20 after a very long ralley. He served a short but his second serve was a slow lob that forced an error from a gallant opponent leaving a delighted Deivydas through to his first- ever All-Ireland Final.

We thank the host club, St Coman’s for looking after the semifinals and for the welcome given to all the visiting players. We thank the parents for providing transport for the players to the Connaught venues.

Our third semifinalist was Tiarnán O’Rourke who lost in straight games to Galway’s Mikey Kelly. The latter was a clear favourite and fully deserved the victory.

Hard luck to Matthew Sweeney in his recent County singles final.

We still have two adult players Martin and Conor in the Ulster Doubles finals on March 24.

Corduff GAA Handball Club Notes

Juvenile Training
Training has ended for the summer and we hope to see everyone back in September.Thank you to all the Juveniles for attending and thank you to coaches Pat Sheridan,Ciarán Brennan,Aidan Marron,Mícheál Hanratty,George McKitterick,Ben Woods and Colin Carragher for their time at training.

Juvenile Blitz
We will be hosting a juvenile blitz between Corduff and Carrickmacross handball club on Wednesday 13th of March at 7pm.

Corduff Group League
Our group league is into it’s finals with 77 players from beginner to senior level taking part from Bawn,Carrickmacross,Kingscourt and Monaghan Harps Handball Clubs.The finals will start on Wednesday 13th March with the Presentation of medals to be held in the Mountain Dew on Saturday 16th March.

County Blitz
There will be no GAA League run this year, instead there will be a County Biltz run for each group. (Senior, Intermediate, Junior, Novice A and Novice B).
The Novice B Blitz will be held in Corduff Handball Club.Contact Aidan Marron 0879972389  for registration.

Ulster GAA Handball 40×20 Junior A Doubles
Best of luck to James Gavaghan (cor) and Micky Duffy Jnr (Baw) who are through to the Ulster Doubles final to be held in Kingscourt on Sat 30th March.

Monaghan GAA Handball 40×20 County Championship
Well done to all our members for taking part in the county championships,Corduff was well represented with finalists in all grades except Senior.Four gold and two silver across the seven grades is a remarkable achievement for the club.Many thanks to Aidan Marron for organising the fixtures and venues for all of the county games.

Senior Final Winner – Eoghan McGinnity (Mon)
Senior Final Runner up – Gavin Coyle (Bwn)

Intermediate Winner – Ciarán Brennan (Cor)
Intermediate Runner up – Gary McElroy (Baw)

Junior Winner – Stephen Shanahan (Baw)
Junior Runner up – Aidan Marron (Cor)

Novice A Winner – Mícheál Hanratty (Cor)
Novice B Runner up – Kevin Treanor (Mel)

Novice B Winner- Barry Finn (Cor)
Novice B Runner up – Emmet O Neill (Mel)

U21 Winner – Jamie King (Cor)
U21 Runner up – Matthew Sweeney (Mon)

U18 Winner – Niall McKenna (Mel)
U18 Runner up – Jordan McGarrell (Cor)