Plenty of excitement at County Wall Ball (1-Wall) finals this morning

Report by Antóin Ó Braoin

A fine attendance enjoyed terrific action at this morning’s county Wall Ball (1-Wall) finals at St. Josephs Community Centre. The action got underway at 9am and for just over two hours, developing and established players served up all that is good in this important code of handball.

County Wall Ball finals 2- 2016It was a particularly noteworthy day for the fledgling Taghmon club as they took home a fantastic 5 juvenile titles and although pipped for the overall top club ‘award’ by St. Josephs who enjoyed 4 juvenile and 3 adult successes, the newly registered club can only be delighted after such a morale boosting day in their very first competitive season.

Results as follows;

Boys under 11 doubles: Bobby Doyle/Jack Murphy (Taghmon) dft Tadgh Moore/Evan Sweeney (St. Josephs)

Boys under 12 singles: Craig Banville (Taghmon) dft James Whitty (Taghmon)

Boys under 13 singles: Mark Doyle (Taghmon) dft Ben Keeling (St. Josephs)

Boys under 14 singles: Josh Kavanagh (St. Josephs) dft Diarmuid Moore (St. Josephs)

Boys under 15 singles: Conor Scallan (Bridgetown) dft Quentin Kehoe (Taghmon)

Boys under 16 singles: Cian Kehoe (St. Josephs) dft Josh McMahon (St. Josephs)

Girls under 12 singles: Jody Keeling (St. Josephs) dft Ellie Murphy-O’Gorman (St. Josephs)
Girls under 13 singles: Libby O’Brien (Taghmon) dft Chloe Carroll (Taghmon)
Girls under 14 singles: Katie Murphy (Taghmon) dft Hannah Cullen (St. Josephs)
Girls under 16 singles: Cora Doyle (St. Josephs) dft Eva Creane (St. Josephs)
Women’s Challenger Singles: Olivia Sweeney (St. Josephs) dft Marguerite Keeling (St. Josephs)

The more experienced Sweeney dominated this contest and despite the best efforts of Keeling the result was never in doubt.
Men’s Challenger Singles: Dara Cloake (Castlebridge) dft Ciaran Busher (Bridgetown)

Probably the game of the day between two evenly matched opponents and fittingly a tie break was needed before Cloake got home by a whisker.

Men’s C Singles: Adam Walsh (St. Josephs) dft Paddy Curran (St. Martins)

A very polished display by the talented Walsh was enough to beat a game Curran. The St. Josephs player got in front early on and was never headed thereafter.

Men’s A Singles: Daniel Kavanagh (St. Josephs) dft Galen Riordan (Ballyhogue)

A terrific contest between the two best 1 wallers in the county was hotly contested throughout but Kavanagh’s all round agility and his ability to hit winners at vital times proved decisive against the skillful Riordan.  

County Wall Ball finals 2016