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May 14th, 2019

Harps Handball Club
4 Wall Season Concludes on a High
Monaghan Harps Handball club had a very successful Irish Junior Nationals with victories for Seán Callan, Aidan McGeough and Eoghan Mc Ginnity and marvellous performances from Adam Richardson Calum Sherry Josh Cassidy, Emily McGinnity, Jack Corrigan Louise Mc Ginnity, Aidan Cunningham, Szymon Poleswski and Tiarnán O Rourke.
Firstly a huge thanks to all those who helped out at the Harps complex on Saturday for the welcome shown to the top Irish girls in the Under 17A and B group and the Plate entrants in the Boys Under 15B. Congratulations to Carlow’s Katie Barrett on winning the Under 17B competition with victory over Galway’s Nicole Sweeney. Congratulations to Antrim’s Deirbhille O’Neill on winning the Under 17 plate competition with victory over Galway’s Bróna Ní Cheallacháin.
The star players visiting the Harps included Tyrone’s Elizabeth McGarvey and Galway’s Niamh Heffernan. It was great to see so many visitors on Saturday.
Many thanks to wonderful hosts Breacach Handball club for the finals on Sunday. Seán Callan won the B13&U Cup final against his Cavan`s Oliver McCrystal . This was a close affair but Seán fully deserved to win a National title such was his overall skill and speed around the court. He survived a tough semifinal match against Cavan’s Niall Magee. This went to a tiebreaker finish.
Aidan Mc Geough won the B15&U B Plate competition by beating David Considine Clare in an entertaining final at the Harp`s after several strong matches.
Eoghan Mc Ginnity was superb in his one-sided victory over Lorcan Conlon of Mayo in the Under 17A final having disposed of Galway’s Jason O’Toole in the semifinal. The Harps players was simply at his best in the final. Many spectators likened his performance to that of a young Paul Brady such was his ability to kill with his left sidearm.
Emily Mc Ginnity was delighted to reach the Under G13&B final and to only lose out in a close tiebreak. Jack Corrigan put in a harty performance in St.Mellans in the B13&U plate as did Fergal Magee in the B13&UB competition.
Aidan Cunningham made the semifinal in the Under 15&B, while Tiarnán O’Rourke pushed Galway’s O’Toole in the U17 A grade.
Again thanks to Niall Kerr, Paula Clarke and Co for the wonderful hospitality in Beragh on Sunday.