All Ireland Glory comes to Monaghan not once twice but three times in one weekend
Harps Handball Claim U15GS & U16BS All Ireland Titles
What a weekend it has been for the Mc Ginnity family with both Louise and Eoghan winning All-Ireland titles.
Louise won the Under 15 Singles while her brother Eoghan won the blue riband in handball by winning the Under 16 singles.
All the action took place in Kingscourt on Bank Holiday Monday.
Louise was first into action against Wexford’s April Moran. The Monaghan girl had trained so hard and was ready for all situations. It was her low hard serves to the left that gained many points. Her opponent was forced to change serve but Louise was well-prepared for the z- serves from the Wexford girl. Louise won the first game by 15-11. She kept the pressure on in game two and competed in every energy-sapping rally. Her opponent fought bravely but Louise was not for conceding. She continued with her low serve and amassed several points. She eventually won 15-3. Her preparation and advice from her coach Martin was crucial in victory.
A packed Kingscourt complex saw a crowd of more than 200 spectators entralled by the Under 16 singles final. Eoghan was up against an extremely competent Wexford opponent, Josh Kavanagh.
There are no superlatives that can accurately describe Eoghan’s performance. He was simply outstanding. His spin serves mesmerised his opponent. His killshots ended many crucial rallies.
His speed in the court was exemplary so much so that his opponent demonstrated his frustration.
Eoghan dominated game one by 21-9.
As sure as day comes after night Josh Kavanagh fought back in game two with many accurate crack serves. Eoghan faced a difficult situation. Should he continue to fight back or conserve energy for the tiebreaker. Josh deserved to win game two 21-13.
Eoghan had the advantage of serve in the tiebreak to eleven. What followed could not have been predicted by any of the spectators. Eoghan totally dominated the match thanks to a piece of astute advice from his dad Eugene. In effect this advice was to use a z-serve throughout the tiebreak. This was crucial. The Wexford player was under pressure to make accurate returns of serves. Eoghan pounced on any weak returns and duly won 11 points to 0.
This was an historic achievement in the history of Monaghan Harps Handball.
Monaghan Harps would like to compliment our fellow club Bawn on the fine achievement of Gavin Coyle in winning the All-Ireland Under 21 final.
Finally we would like to thank Austin Mc Kenna of GaaHandball who deserves much credit for the successful running of the juvenile finals. Austin we appreciate you efforts
Eoghan McGinnity and Martin Mulkerrins (Mens Open Champion), Louise McGinnity and Joe Masterson (Uachtaran GAA Handball)
Bawn Handball Take All Ireland U21S Title
3rd championship all Ireland for Gavin coyle!
Gavin coyle made it 3 for 3 this Sunday when he won the all Ireland 40×20 singles in Kingscourt defeating David Walsh from Cork in spectacular fashion, this is his 3rd championship all Ireland in 3 years previously winning Junior B, and Junior, he now moves on to intermediate next year and is already training for the world championship in minnesota this autumn, a large crowd family and friends were there to cheer gavin on and it was a proud day for all. Gavin was complemented on his sportsmanship and attitude to the game and officials and should be a role model for young players, his dedication and commitment is extraordinary and he has again done the Bawn club and Co monaghan proud.
(pics 1 gavin coyle -David Walsh, 2 coyle family)
Gavin Coyle and Joe Masterson Uachtaran GAA Handball
Corduff Handball Notes
Hard luck to our GAA league team who lost to Tydavnet in the final in Bawn last Thursday.
Our group league will have one extra week to catch up on games with 60 players competing from Corduff,Bawn,Carrickmacross and Kingscourt Handball Clubs.
Semifinalists will be announced on Sunday.
Please txt Aidan results after each game.
Monaghan County Championship
Best of luck to our members in their finals.
Senior County final
James Gavaghan (Corduff) vs Gavin Coyle (Bawn) in Corduff on Saturday 24th of March at 7pm.
Novice 3 County final
Aidan Marron (Corduff) vs Frank Duffy (CMX) in Bawn.
(Fixture to be confirmed)
Congratulations to Oran Kiernan on winning the Novice 1 final on Sunday.
Extremely close game with Oran winning the tie breaker 21-20.
Fair play to both players on a great game.
Senior final fixed for this Saturday in Corduff at 7pm