Mixed Fortunes for Wexford Players in All Ireland Adult Softball Doubles Championship Semi Finals
When the dust had settled Wexford ended up with three wins and four losses in the seven semi-Finals played at the weekend. That means four pairs are through to the All Ireland Finals as Cliodhna O’Connell and Cora Doyle were already through in Ladies Junior B.
The weekend got off to a great start on Saturday when Noel Holohan and Micheal O’Neill had a fantastic win in Cashel, Co. Tipperary against Paddy Delaney and Kevin Buckley in Masters B. The Templeudigan pair came from behind and held their nerve to clinch the tie breaker on a 11-9 scoreline. In Ballymitty James Mythen (Castlebridge) and Michael Rossiter (Balyhogue), in as a sub for Tony Breen, had a ding dong battle with their Cork opponents, John Hedigan and Jerry Guiney in Diamond Masters A. They lost the first game, but similar to Noel and Micheal, they came back to level and went on to take the tie break 11-5. The other game on the Ballymitty programme was in Junior B where the Waterford pair of Kavan O’Keeffe and Dion Ryan proved too strong for Alan O’Neill from the host club and Mikey Murphy from Taghmon. Kavan had won the All Ireland Junior B Singles Final recently and he looks on course to win the double if he keeps up the form he showed yesterday.
Our other win was in Diamond Masters B when the St. Marys pair of Ray Wickham and Nicky Casey travelled to Ballymacelligot in Co. Kerry and came away with a very impressive win in two straight games. In the other game at the same venue, the scales tipped in favour of the home pair, with Dominick Lynch and Jack O’Shea getting the better of the other St, Mary’s duo, Gavin Baggy and Paul Lambert, in two well contested games in O35A Doubles.
In Junior Doubles the Limerick pairing of Evan and Shane Murphy beat Castlebridge’s David Kenny and John Roche (in as a sub for Shane Birney) in two straight games. Similarly in Coolgreany Darren O;Toole from the host club and Malachy Whelan from Castlebridge came up against another strong pairing in Jerome Cahill and James Prentice from Tipperary and just came up short.
For full results, click on the following GAA Handball link https://www.gaahandball.ie/competitions/results