Our coach Martin rolled back the years by winning the National Diamond Masters title in windswept Carnacon, County Mayo on Saturday last.
He had a close semifinal win over Galway’s Gearóid Ó Faithearta and endured a tough tiebreak win over Meath’s Jimmy Reilly in the final.
He used his excellent lob serve to great advantage throughout and duly won the first game in the final by 15-2.
Jimmy came back strongly to tie the match on the score of 15-5.
The tiebreak was tense and full of long rallies. However Martin’s overall fitness and guile made the difference and he won 15-7.
Harps Handball would like to thank the local Mayo people for their kindness and hospitality especially during Storm Dennis.
Congratulations to our 8 juveniles who have reached the Ulster finals to be played in Beragh, County Tyrone on Sunday. Commiserations to our six gallant losers who just lost out to better opposition.
Calum Sherry will compete in the Under 12 final following his great semifinal win.
Josh Cassidy and partner Myles Mc Meel were in scintillating form in their Under 12 Doubles.
Emily Mc Ginnity lost no time in winning in U13 Singles. Fergal Magee once again caught the eye in a fine win in U14 Singles while Matas Sakalauskas and partner Oisín won in the U14 doubles. Niamh Mc Elwain’s serve made all the difference as she advanced to the U14 singles final with a 2-0 win over a strong Down opponent.
Aidan Mc Geough lost no time in winning the U16 singles while Szymon Polewski just did enough to win the U17 singles.
It was hard luck for Gloria and Ernesta Marut to lose on a single score in the tiebreak in U13 doubles while leading 14-10. However the fact that they both will represent their school in Croke Park’s new handball centre on March 7th
in the Cumann na mBunscol finals will be some consolation. Emily Mc Ginnity will also represent her school there.
Robert Uskan, Adam Richardson, Ethan Mc Carron and Jack Corrigan fell to stronger Cavan opponents. Also it was Jasmine Coyle’s first game in Kingscourt and she got 4 scores from her serves.
We also have 3 adults into the Ulster finals on Saturday. They are Conor, Eoghan and Martin. Best of luck to all. I’m sure they will wear the county colours with pride.