That’s a wrap! 4-wall season was one of the best as handball recovered well from covid lockdown

A brief look back at the domestic season…..

It’s been a season like many others in Wexford, with a strong programme of domestic activities driving considerable success at provincial and national level. Handball bounced back strongly from a virus that at times seemed to threaten our very existence and the brilliant 4-wall season which concludes this weekend bears testimony to the extent of that recovery. 

The county adult championships saw all thirteen clubs represented, with nine of them winning titles. The most successful was Castlebridge with five titles, followed by Kilmyshall, St. Josephs, Taghmon and Templeudigan with three apiece. Ballyhogue, Bridgetown, and St. Mary’s won two and Ballymitty took home one. 

The decision to extend our schedule so that it matched the intercounty season meant time was available for a new type of team event to be introduced. This involved two separate competitions, one incorporating junior, junior B and masters players, the other, junior C and junior D players. Forty-five entries were received and ten teams of four took part. The remainding entrants were named as subs. The event was sponsored by Acme Blinds and proved very popular on all fronts. Twelve of the thirteen clubs entered players and seven went home with either winners or runners up prizes. Kilmyshall were particularly successful with five recipients, followed by St. Josephs and Templeudigan with three each, Taghmon with two and Ballyhogue, Castlebridge and St. Mary’s with one each.

The most satisfying aspect of these competitions, apart from the large entry, was the significant number of young players taking part. Their participation added greatly to the overall success of the project, with parents present at each match and a wonderful atmosphere of fun and friendship generated. With handball having become more and more a sport for individuals in recent years, the value of well-structured and well-run team events was demonstrably clear to all. These types of competitions have an important role to play in our sport and we will work to ensure they are fully intregrated into our schedule of events.         

The winning Junior/Masters side: Team D White – David Redmond, Mick Armstrong, Suzanne Fitzharris, Acme Blinds, Tommy Armstrong, Ray Wickham
Winners of the Junior C-Junior D event: Team C Black – Conor Dobbs, Laurance Dunne, Aaron Maloney, Sean Fitzharris