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April 17th, 2018

Harps Hnadball Club

The ultimate reward for GAA players, no matter what the code, is to represent their country. After the trials last weekend, we, in Monaghan Harps Handball club, are delighted to have Eoghan Mc Ginnity as our juvenile representative on Team Ireland at this year’s World Handball Championships in Minnesota, USA in August. To say that this is a great honour for club, county and family is an understatement.

Following exhaustive competition in the Irish Nationals competition held throughout Monaghan and Cavan last week, the top six successful juveniles, three boys and three girls, made it onto the Irish team.
Eoghan won in the 17 age category by eventually beating Kerry’s Dáire Keane by 15-14, 15-11 in Kingscourt last Sunday.  This brought his list of achievements this year so far as follows:
All-Ireland Colleges Winner, All-Ireland Under 16 Singles winner, Irish Nationals u17 winner and USA trials champion.
It was no easy win for the Harps player who was forced into a tiebreak in the semifinal against Clare’s Mark Rogers. In the final itself he faced “game ball” when he trailed 14-10 in the first game. Full credit to his Kerry opponent who controlled much of the front court ending many ralleys with killshots. Not for the first time this year Eoghan’s spin serves came to his rescue as he clawed back to win 15-14. Game two was close also but the difference this time was Eoghan’s passing shots rather than his killshots. This forced his opponent out of position and produced errors which led to an historic 15-11 victory.
Congratulations to all the Harps players who entered the competition. Notably Louise Mc Ginnity, Justas Dambinskas, Konrad Kowal, Ryan Mc Geough, Emily Mc Ginnity, Aidan Mc Geough and Seán Callan. Congratulations to the myriad of helpers who were on hand to welcome the visiting players to the Harps complex on Saturday.

St Mellans Handball Club

Adult Club Doubles.  The Coalisland Fireplaces Doubles Final was played two Friday evenings past (April 6th) where Fergal O Neill & John Treanor were pitted against Eamonn Todd & Kevin Treanor, this turned out to be a marathon games where it went to a tie-breaker game, Eamonn & Kevin took the first 21-14 and probably feeling confident going into the 2nd to claim the crown but Fergal & John had other ideas as they re-grouped and took control of the game and took it 21-17, batteries might have been getting low but back into the arena one more time was called for and this also proved another marathon game and it went almost all the way again as Fergal & John won it and the title 21-18, with a total of 49 serves in and out the boys definitely slept that night, The High House Doubles Final was played last Thursday night the 12th, Gary Treanor & Fergal Rafferty played Dermot Boyle & Ronan Boyle, Fergal served first and lead 2-0 where the Boyle Bros took control and went into a 12-6 lead before Fergal served 9 unanswered points and after Gary served his last they lead 15-12, after a time out from the Boyles they tried to eat into the other boys advantage but after another few exchanges Gary & Fergal won it 21-15, the 2nd game had a kind of the same sort of exchange pattern throughout as neither team would give much in the tussle but Gary & Fergal had just that bit more in the tank and won the game and last ever High House title  21-15 again, well done to all that played and also a big thanks to all that played in both sets of doubles that kept the championships games moving along smoothly as the games were fixed.

Juvenile Nationals. Saturday past the club played host to some of the Irish Juvenile Nationals, we hosted the U11 girls and 2 groups of the U11 boys groups and the U15 girls section, play started at 9:40am and the last game finished at 6:45pm with no breaks at all in either alleys, with everybody putting their shoulder to the wheel it was a very successful days handball and all that helped out anyway on the day must be commended, we got 2 young men entered into the U11 groups at the last minute, Donnacha Mc Cluskey played in group 1 and Luke Mc Kenna in group 2, both boys give a very good account of themselves and proved yet again that they are far away from the top in the game, both boys played players from Tyrone, Meath, Loais, Kilkenny, Clare and Cork, Donnacha played early in group 1 and the only player to win all his games was Tyrone and Donnacha ran him very close only to loose 18-15 and would have won only for serving some bad serves in that particular game, Luke won 4 out of his 5 games only to be beaten by a very strong Clare player 21-16, these sort of results show that if the effort is put in we have some young and up coming players that will be able to contest throughout the country, as spectators left they were very complimentary of how they were treated throughout the whole day on all fronts and how accommodating everyone was, and also they paid particular thanks towards the refreshments severed throughout the day and that brings me onto thanking AnnaRose Mc Clave and Ann Cassidy who were there to serve up the food, and yet again it did not disappoint, from early morning til late evening food was being served, again thanks very much ladies, you both done the club proud.

Juvenile Leagues. Our Tuesday night boys played their league and shield finals last week, in the U13-15 League final Mark Cassidy defeated Peter Treanor, this was a tight game throughout and almost went to a tie-breaker, well done Mark, the Shield Final was between Aaron Cassidy & John Treanor, Aaron just had too much in the tank for John on the night as John tired in the 2nd game and couldn’t recover, so all in all it was a good night for the Cassidy’s as both took home the silverware, a big well done to all who took part and as usual a big thanks to all coaches that help out with the juveniles throughout the year.

Juvenile Coaching. As we enter the football season the coaches will be winding up their coaching and league for this season, but we do encourage all players to try and keep in touch with the game throughout the year if at all possible, even though there will be no set coaching or training in place we do ask that on a wet evening of what there will be plenty no doubt during the year to ring a friend and go down for a game, it is surprising how a small game once a week will keep you in shape for the new season in the Autumn time.

Boys ​11&U National Blitz group 1 with Handball President Joe Masterson

Junior national finals 
Corduff had the pleasure of hosting some of the Junior national finals last weekend.Thank you to everyone who helped organize and referee the games and thanks to the community centre for use of the kitchen and viewing area.
Aidan Marron
Ciaran Brennan
George McKitterick
Colin Carragher
Mícheál Hanratty
Niall Reilly
James Gavaghan
John Finlass
Jamie king
Thank you to GAA Handball president Joe Masterson and fixtures and events officer Austin McKenna for dropping in to see us.
Well done to Gerard Corrigan who took part in the Boys 11 and under Junior national finals.

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