A season to cherish for Armstrong as he claims All Ireland Colleges 60×30 senior singles title
Written by Antoin Ó Braoin, Rúnaí Contae
It had already been a terrific year for young Keith Armstrong from Kilmyshall Handball Club, but it got even better at St. Comans, Roscommon yesterday when against all the odds he captured the All Ireland colleges 60×30 senior singles title by defeating the red-hot favourite Ryan Mullen, Omagh CBS 10-15, 15-5, 15-6 in a cracking final.
Two weeks ago Keith won the All Ireland under 17 singles title in brilliant style but yesterday, representing FCJ Bunclody, he had to raise his game to a much higher level against an opponent who had recently won the All Ireland 60×30 minor doubles championship.
The determined Tyrone player did have the better of the argument in the opening game and deservedly took it 15-10 but once Keith got his measure at the start of the second it was all one way traffic. The third followed a similar pattern with the skillful Wexford player dominating the exchanges and piling on the points.
At one point a feisty Mullen insisted on a glove change in an attempt to stall progress but it only delayed the inevitable as the better player took up where he left off before going on to a record a rare victory for Wexford in this top-level colleges grade.
Apart from this victory and his aforementioned All Ireland U17S win Keith has dominated his opponents across all competitions this year. His achievements read more like a career than a season and include the following;
Nationals 40×20 17 & under B singles, Wall Ball 17 & under B singles
Leinster 60×30 under 17 singles, 60×30 colleges senior singles, Wall Ball under 17 singles
County 60×30 junior C singles and doubles, under 17 singles and doubles
County 40×20 junior singles and doubles
County Wall Ball Men’s B
Truly a season to cherish for a fine young player, his family, his club and of course, for Wexford.