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County Handball Notes (10/01)

January 11th, 2023

Monaghan County Handball Table Quiz – Many thanks to  Terrys Bar and everyone that supported us last Friday night for what was a very enjoyable and successful quiz night & fundraiser! Thank you also to Monaghan Pix for taking photos on the night, which can be found on the Monaghan Pix Facebook page.

Monaghan County Handball Juvenile Championships – See full report here – https://www.monaghangaa.ie/2023/01/2023-juvenile-county-handball-finals-a-huge-success/

Club Notes:

St.Mellans Handball Club
Juvenile County Championships. We had a busy day on Sunday as we hosted the juvenile county championship singles finals in St.Mellans, we had 6 club players in action representing the club on the day, first in action was Shay Mc Kenna where he took on Aaron Bannon from the Harps, showing no nerves in his first county final Shay took full control from the off, with great serving and taking great back wall shots Shay was cruising and took the first game 15-4, after a short break Shay took off from where he left and again was in full control, especially from his serving, but Aaron was a good player and had a good side arm serve but nothing fazed Shay no matter what Aaron threw his way and he took the 2nd game and the title 15-2, next in was Beibhinn Mc Cluskey in the girls U12’s, there waiting was Tegan Clerkin from Bawn, Tegan had a great serve and was pushing Beibhinn back all the time and took the first 15-1, Beibhinn’s serve was working well when she got the chance but any slip on serve and it too straight Tegan was punishing, and she got Beibhinn out and took over talking the 2nd game 15-3, a good effort from Beibhinn but Tegan was just too strong on the day, as the afternoon moved on the boys U13 final took place where Odhran Mc Meel took on Cormac Clerkin from Bawn to a capacity crowd, and the two boys didn’t disappoint the crowd, early on Odhran was in control and looked to closing in on victory in the first game leading 11-4, but we knew what Cormac had in abundance was calmness, and he didn’t panic and slowly but surely clawed back into the game and took it 11-15, but Odhran came out settled down figured out where he was going wrong, and didn’t let up in the 2nd game and when in control he drove home winning 15-10 to force a tie-breaker, after that game Odhran was full of confidence and knew what he got do and proved it as he stamped his authority on the tie-breaker taking it and the title 11-3, and both players were greeted with a rousing applause and both deserved it, out next game was an all club affair in the girls U14’s where Leah Mc Carron played Fionnuala Mohan for the title, the first game was tit for tat and both girls rattled off good serves and could have went any way but Leah just got on a good roll and took the first 15-8, and still on that roll Leah never let up and kept Fionnuala on the back foot and took the 2nd game 15-0, but must be said a massive improvement girls on serving and in general play, well done, our final club member to play on the day was Myles Mc Meel in the U15 final, here he was up against Nathan Regiac from the Harps, again another first for Myles as in his first singles final he was a bit nervous but still settled and was leading throughout and took the first 15-11, but Nathan refused to wilt, so Myles slowed things down with a left wall lob serve and then picked Nathan off when the chance arose, this proved dividends as he took the 2nd game and title 15-10, another great and well deserved win, a great effort from all not just on the day but the weeks leading up the finals, hard work pays off!!!!, the 2 remaining game featuring Harry Treanor in the U14’s and Donnacha Mc Cluskey in the U16’s will be refixed this week, a message will be sent to all groups of time & venue.
Juvenile Coaching & Leagues. All juvenile leagues and coaching have resumed this week, so messages will be sent out, we are looking at setting up a league to the same format as the adult league and if it is possible this will be played in the allocated slots of the coaching, but coaching will continue until we have a league format sorted, all will be informed in due course.
Irish Nationals. The Irish Juvenile Nationals are in action earlier this year than normal, the port is open now for registration, the nationals themselves are being played in Dublin and surrounding venues, but for some of the older groups there might be some qualifying games to played to reduce numbers, these games could be played anywhere nationwide, so be prepared to travel, but most likely all will be central as they normally try to accommodate as to not have people to travel too far, but we encourage as many as possible to enter as this is a great opportunity to be pitted against the best in Ireland.
Adult County Championships. The adult county championships in all grades are now down to quarter final stages, good luck to all from the club that are still involved, all players must wear “club colours” when playing in county games, also county doubles only around the corner, so get teamed up and practising.
Mono League. The Mono league quarter finals are being played this week, good luck to all teams that made it!
Adult Club Singles & Doubles. The club singles in the club are being circulated this week, due to the large number of players we have introduced a 3rd division and would like to thank “Kerr Tunnelling” for coming on board and sponsoring the tournament, doubles will soon be drawn up. Registration. If any member still hasn’t paid their “club Membership” can do so through Foireann,, so go to www.foireann.ie and get registered and paid up, any issues contact a member of the committee, NB players are not eligible to play in county, provincial or All Ireland events if not registered with Croke Park.

 

Meetings. Our next club meeting is on Wednesday evening January the 25th, @ 8:30pm, all please attend.

Emyvale Handball Club:
U17 County Champion – Emyvale’s Dylan McKenna! Dylan Mc Kenna received his Gold Medal from Peadar Mc Cluskey, Monaghan County Handball Board in the U17 Handball Championship Final played on Sunday in St. Mellans. This was an epic battle against Ethan Mc Carron, Monaghan Harps which went all the way. Dylan won the first game but had to serve 6 game points before he got over the line. Ethan then won the second game after changing serve and tactics which brought the match to a tie breaker, first to eleven. Dylan started strongly having found his rhythm again but once more Ethan came back to level and go ahead. It was tit for tat and Dylan found himself trailing 10 – 8 facing match point. He called a time out, refocused and won the next 3 points to win the match. A fantastic match and hard luck to Ethan who battled so hard to take home the title but well done Dylan, a fantastic achievement.

Corduff GAA Handball Club Notes:

 Juvenile Training: 

Juvenile training continues to grow strong with over sixty-four juveniles training in eight groups from 8-17 years old. Parents will be informed of their child’s group or any changes to times by text message each week. Juvenile membership is €10 and €2 per training session.

40×20 Singles League 

Our 40×20 singles league started in October and is into its semi finals week with 64 players in 10 divisions from beginner to senior levels taking part. The semi-finals have started and will finish next week. Best of luck to all players.

Juvenile Monaghan County Championship

Well done to our Juvenile players who took part in the County Championships finals last week at St. Mellans

U15 Girls winner Claire Corrigan (Corduff) and U15 Girls runner-up Lily Comiskey (Corduff)

U16 Girls winner Emily McGinnity (Mon Harps)

U16 Girls runner-up Lucy Oliver (Corduff)

Huge thanks to St Mellans for hosting the juvenile finals.

Monaghan County Championship

Best of luck to our adult members taking part in the County Championships which are down to the quarterfinals stage.

Senior – James Gavaghan

Senior – Ciaran Brennan

Intermediate – Aidan Marron

Intermediate – Tim Oliver

Novice A – Barry Finn

Novice B – Darragh Roe

Novice B – Mark Kennedy

U21 – David Connolly

U18 – Andrew Comiskey

Ladies Open

Best of luck to Fiona Corrigan & Lucy Oliver taking part in the Monaghan County Ladies Open.

Ulster Championship

Best of luck to our members taking part in the Ulster Championship

Junior – James Gavaghan

Junior B – Ciaran Brennan

Golden Masters B – Mark Kennedy

Ulster Doubles 

Junior – James Gavaghan & Mickey Duffy (Bawn)

Junior B – Ciaran Brennan & Stephen Shanahan (Bawn)

Masters B – Barry Finn & Jimmy McCahey (CMX)

Quiz Night

Our Annual Quiz will be held in the Mountain Dew at Corduff Raferagh Community Centre on Friday the 27th of January at 9 pm. €20 per table. Raffle prizes would be much appreciated. Everyone is welcome to what will be a very entertaining night.

AGM

Our AGM will be held in the Mountain Dew on Thursday the 19th of January at 8:30 pm.

All members and parents are welcome to attend.

2023 Membership 

Membership is now due for 2023 and can be paid through foireann or to any committee member.

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