All-Ireland 60X30 Finals
St. Comans Oisin Naugthon made the long trip to Southern California to compete in last weekends Simple Green U.S. Open of Handball 2013. Seeded at number two in the Mens "A" Singles Division Oisin got a bye in the first round but came up against a fancied local player Ryan Chance in round two who won his first match 21-19, 21-6. Naugthon won this match with some ease 21-8, 21-6 which was good to get acclimatised to the courts again after last year. Oisin then played Joe Leonis from Reno, Nevada but unfortunately lost out on a score line of 21-17, 12-21, 11-4 after a very tough encounter in this semi final clash. Leonis went onto take the title winning the final also in a tie-breaker.
Boys U12 Singles Connacht 60x30 final
Due to a nasty hand injury suffered by Leitrim's Cormac Scollan, his Connacht Final against St. Coman's Dylan Hanley was postponed for two months in order to give him time to recover. The match was finally played in St. Coman's last Friday and what followed was a wonderful display of skill and sportsmanship. Despite struggling to find any quality serve against his left-handed opponent, Dylan put on an exhibition of killing in the first game which belied his years. Cormac's own serve was working to perfection though and in keeping Dylan pinned back and then killing himself he kept himself in the game until a series of beautiful kills finished him off 15-12. Surprisingly enough, considering how well his killing went in the first, Dylan didn't even attempt one kill in the second game and still struggled with his own serving. This allowed Scollan's increasingly rare mistakes to go unpunished and he pushed on to win the second 15-10.
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"She's Ace" 2013
Congrats to 17 & under She's Ace winner Fiona Tully. Fiona dft Elise McCrory 12-15, 15-5, 11-4. A huge crowd turned out over all of last weekend to view the best of ladies handball take part in One Wall and 40X20 competitions. There was also for the first time a Mother and Daughter competition which added a fun element tot he occasion. This type of weekend demonstrates once again that ladies handball is only going from strength to strength and with players of the calibre of Fiona Tully representing both St. Comans and Roscommon the future is very bright.