Denis a menace for Kevin!

Big win for Denis Creaton (Lisacul Club) in junior singles and the collegiates get underway on Wednesday morning in Missouri: It was a week of intense handball acticity in many grades with pride of place going to the superb junior singles Connacht quarter final win by Denis Creaton of Lisacul over Kevin Craddock of Galway at St Comans 21-13, 21-9. Next Saturday at Kingscourt starting at 11am the girls Colleges semi finals and finals take place and the boys are on the same day at Clogh, Kilkenny and O’Loughlins, Kilkenny and these semi’s and finals will see players from Roscommon 2nd level schools in action.  Connacht Junior Singles Quarter final at Comans: Denis Creaton playing out of the Lisacul Club had one of his best outings so far in the Connacht Junior singles championship with a hard earned 21-13, 21-9 over the hard hitting Kevin Craddock of Galway at Comans. His next game is against Tom Sweeney of Mayo (unless there is a change in the programme) and again Denis must be at his best.  Connacht Junior ‘B’ Singles semi final at Curraghboy: David Mulryan of Sligo really surprised everyone with his display at Curraghboy as he won this Junior ‘B’ semi final against Coman’s Nigel Neilan 21-12, 21-10.  Connacht Junior ‘B’ singles Quarter final at Comans: Oisin Naughton (Comans) is through to the Connacht semi final with a good win over 19 year old Andrew Hussey of Galway 21-12, 21-10. He will meet Shane Heraty of Mayo in the semi.  Diamond ‘A’ Singles: In the Connacht D. ‘A’ S. championship Pat Clarke from Boyle easily defeated a below form John Kenney of Mayo in two straight games. Senior (Open) Singles first round: Rikki O’Gara of Comans never got going in this senior singles match at Abbeylara, Co Longford against the vastly experienced Michael Finnegan of Cavan losing badly in two straight games.  Silver ‘B’ singles at Comans: Aidan Bell of Mayo had a convincing win over Paddy McDermott of Ballintubber winning 21-10, 21-7 in Silver ‘B’ singles. Under 21 Singles Connacht semi final at Clooncan: Young Aidan Fitzmaurice from the Clooncan club had a baptism of fire in this U-21 contest going out in straight games to the more experienced Ciaran Burke of Newport. Minor Singles semi final at Clooncan: This was another case of a fine young player Frankie Nolan of Clooncan coming up against a player Stephen Cooney  of Ballaghderreen who has lots of experience nationwide and in the USA. Stephen won two games to nil.  Ruby Masters ‘A’ Connacht semi final: Sean Heaney of Mayo had an easy win over Mick Naughton of Roscommon 21-11, 21-14 at Comans.  Master ‘A’ Singles at Curraghboy: Cormac O’Brien of the Curraghboy club defeated Martin Valvey of Mayo in Masters ‘A’ singles 21-12, 21-10.  Connacht 40 x 20 Championship: There are a umber of Connnacht double semi finals coming up in the next few weeks. In Diamond ‘A’ doubles Pat Clarke and Noel Raftery have a bye into the Connacht final where they will meet Galway on a date and venue to be arranged. In Golden ‘A’ doubles Seamus McHugh and Liam Grehan of Curraghboy play Seamus Clarke and Matt Coady of Mayo at Ballinrobe. This match to be finalised during the week. In Ruby doubles M.Naughton and Tommy Hynes (Comans – Curraghboy) play Sean Heaney and Michael Reilly of Claremorris at Claremorris on Sunday next at a time to be arranged. All players should contact the County secrectary for confirmation of dates and times.  All Ireland 40 x 20 Colleges semi finals and finals: In senior doubles Frankie Daly and Eddie McNulty of Ballyhaunis S.C will play Scoil Aireagail, Ballyhale at O’Loughlins, Kilkenny on Saturday next. In Connacht Ballyhaunis S.C beat Rice College, two games to one and in the Connacht final beat Spiddel S.C 21-19, 21-9 at Williamstown.  In the Semi finals at Clogh, Co Kilkenny next Saturday Connacht winners contest the Junior doubles, Intermediate doubles and senior singles while at O’Loughlins Connacht contest the Junior singles boys event and the Intermediate singles (Boys) Ballyhaunis S.C (Frankie Nolan and Eddie McNulty) play Ballymachale in Senior doubles and in the girls Junior singles Clodagh McManamon of Sacred Heart, Westport plays Aoife McCarthy of Mullingar Community College.  At Kingscourt on Saturday starting at 11am, the following games take place. Girls Junior doubles Stephanie Coleman /Pamala Comry (Nathys) play New Ross.  In the Girls Senior singles at Kingscourt Linda Connolly of Convent of Mercy, Roscommon plays Shauna Hilley of Colaiste Bhride, Carnew in the semi final with the winner to play either Newry or Scarriff.  In Senior doubles Leona Doolin and Hilary Rushe of Mercy Convent, Roscommon play St Mary’s, New Ross (Amanda Kelly and Linda Walshe) and the winners play Scariff C.S or St Mary’s, Newry.  Girls Inter-provincial Team of Ten (U-13 to U-17): The Connacht Inter provincial 40 x 20 team of ten take on the holders of the title on March 1st at a venue to be decided. The holders are Munster who will parade an exceptional team drawn from Cork, Limerick, Tipp and Clare. Connacht will finalise the team at the weekend.