The handball county board AGM takes place tonight Thursday 25th October. On the agenda is election of new county chairman and new county secretary. Everyone is welcome, and if you have views on how handball should progress in Monaghan, this is the time and place.
Monaghan Harps won 4 medals at the World Championships which finished last Sunday. Eoghan Mc Ginnity took pride of place with a gold and a silver in U-11 Doubles (40×20 and 1-wall), while Jakub Szkup won a Silver in U-11 Singles and Conor Mc Donnell won silver in the One-wall doubles. Congratulations to all involved from coaches and supporters over such a long period of play. Well done also to our other players who competed with pride at such an historic event.
World Championships. As the dust settles on what was an action packed 10 days of handball in the city west all players most be commended on how they played through out the tournament, even though we had no World Champions this time round I think all players young and old and parents will say that it was a great experience and to what standard we must strive to, to be able to mix it with the best, and we are not too far way if the work is put in. As I reported last week Ryan Mohan was going into a World quarter final but was defeated by Colin Ryan from Carlow who went on to win the world final, even though the player was strong I think that a sore shoulder played a bigger part than the opposition, but never the less Ryan most be commended on reaching the quarters, later on Tuesday evening Padraig Mc Kenna played Killian Carroll from Cork in the 2nd round going in with little preparation Paudie put up a brilliant display against a player who plays in every competition the length and width of Ireland losing21-9 21-12, Carroll also went on to win the grade, still goes to show Paudie can mix it with the best if he prepares, from then on it was all doubles and a bit of one wall, Gary Treanor and Justas from the harps had a w/o in the 1st round then played Mc Grath & O’ Keefe from Waterford losing15-11 15-5, by all account Gary played very well through out, in the U13’s Ryan and Aaron Mohan won the 1st round against Waterford men Lenihan & Clarke 15-5 15-3, in the second round they faced Kavanagh & O’ Neill from Wexford but went down 4-15 1-15 the boys never got into their rhythm at all in the second round but hrad luck, and John Treanor partnered by the mighty Quinn from Armagh also lost in the first round of their Master doubles, our club U19’s reps faced each other as Christopher Mc Kenna(D) with Terry Mc Elvaney(Harps) played Padraig Mc Kenna partnered with Keith Kavanagh from Wicklow , this went the way of Paudie and Kavanagh 21-15 21-6, but then they faced the fancied Mulkerrins(Galway) and O’ Connor(Kildare), even though the boys put up a good fight the Galway Kildare pairing won 17-21 8-21. Ryan Treanor was the only one to play One Wall but was knocked out in the 1st round. Again all most be commended on how they all played and conducted themselves and with a bit more work on where our weak points lie who knows what could happen in Canada in 3 years times, so there’s plenty of notice for that date, mark in the calendar now.
Juvenile Leagues. We are up and running this week with all our juvenile leagues and coaching, due to the numbers and the adults Mono league also being played now, we had to slot the coaching of the beginners into Saturdays from 5 to 7pm with all leagues on the week days starting at 6pm, it will take a few weeks for all to settle down and we hope that none of the fixtures have caused any disruptions to other activities, we would encourage at least one parent stay to enjoy the youth in action. Also we ask that coaches and parents ensure the juveniles book the courts for some practise time as the leagues and coaching will be showing you all the basics and shots but its up to you all to get in and improve on them with extra practise, remember nobody may enter the court without goggles under any circumstances. Coaches keep all the league tables up to date, also players may be handi-capped as you going along and any alteration to rules to suit the strength of the players in individual leagues.
New Keys. We have fitted new locks on the cabinet at the alleys, we hope that all coaches will a key each before the week is out, any that do not have a key please give Frank a ring. The new key will only come out when the cabinet door is locked so ask all coaches to put the key on their car keys so if you go to drive of and you have no keys you know where they are hanging.
Mono League. The Mono League is on going please keep all games played as per fixture and keep score sheets and league table updated every evening, we ask all captains to make sure all their teams know of all up coming games they are playing in, and also to make sure any subs that are needed are in place before all games, don’t forget Fridays are to accommodate players who are only available at the weekend and whatever night the games are fixed it must be played on the night no exceptions.
Alley Bookings. Now the Mono League, Juvenile Leagues and coaching sessions are up in full swing we will be block booking the courts for these times, so any practise time being booked must be used by that person, it is very important that people who book the alley play and don’t leave the court lying empty, this also applies to league games, they must not be played outside their allocated times as this spare practising time is vital for all players.
WORLD HANDBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
The World handball championships have come and gone. This was a brilliant tournament and well done to the four Tydavnet handballer’s who took part. Mickey Eoin and Paul almost caused a sensation by reaching the semi-final of the silver master’s doubles competition only to be beaten 7 and 9. Conor Leonard and James Morrow also played very well in the doubles and the one wall competition.
IMPORTANT HANDBALL MEETING
There is an important open handball meeting this Monday night at 8pm for all adults, male and female interested in playing or returning to play handball. Handball is one of the top sports for fitness and is also one of the most enjoyable indoor sports to play either competitively or just for fun. The meeting is in the alley at the Scotstown complex and everyone is welcome.