Leona and Marianna lose in tie-breaker

The International Tournament in The Basque Country was dominated by the American team, who won all the competitions. Ireland got a lot of thirds, except in the ladies doubles when Leona Doolin and Marianna Rushe got to the final only to lose in a tie-breaker.    In the All-Ireland Inter Club 40 x 20 semi final at Crinkle at the weekend St. Brigids Curraghboy scored a brilliant win over St. Canice’s of Kilkenny by 109 points to 77. They are now into the final where they will meet Cavan Gaels on Saturday next.   In the first game Philip O’Connor (St. Brigids) and David Clifford (St. Canices) won one game each in the singles. In the doubles, Brigids were on top as Billy Kelly and Padraig Coyle beat Seamus and Paul Clifford and in the final singles game Paul Kelly had a big win over Tom Bolger.   The Brigids team was as follows: Philip O’Connor, Billy Kelly, Padraig Coyle and Paul Kelly. This Saturday Brigids face Cavan Gaels in the final. The venue has yet to be decided. Confidence is high in the Brigids camp as they face into the final.   There were three Roscommon girls on the Irish team at the tournament in the Basque Country last week. Leona Doolin, Katie Costello and Marianna Rushe all  competed. President of the Irish Handball Council Tony Hannon and his wife Frances accompanied the team to the championships and the team managers were Francie McCann of Sligo and Betty Funchion of Kilkenny.   In the senior events Ashley Prenderville (Kerry) and Katie Costello were placed third in their competition. Bith girls reached the semi finals in the singles competitions before going out.   In the Junior competitions Leona Doolina and Marianna Rushe lost in the semi finals to the USA. In the singles Leona beat an English girl, and a Dutch girl before losing to an American in the semi finals. Marianna Rushe beat a Dutch girl and a local Basque girl, before losing again to an American in the semi final.   In the doubles Leona Doolin and Marianna Rushe reached the final before losing by two games to one in a thrilling decider. The Roscommon girls did very well and Leona Doolin now goes to Arizona to compete in the USHA nationals.   This Friday the 7th December the St Comans Handball Club hold their AGM at the club meeting rooms at 8 pm. All members are asked to attend. Secretary Oisin Naughton will outilne what was a very successful year,  the highlight of which was the election of club member Tony Hannon as the president of the IHA. There was also great work carried out at the club courts during the year.    The outgoing officers are – Chairman: Mark O’Gara; Vice Chairman: Aidan Cashin; Secretary; Oisin Naughton,Treasurer: Tony Hannon; Registrar: Dominic Martin; PRO: Michael Naughton. Youth Officer: Aengus Cunningham. New members are always very welcome.   The annual St. Comans Handball Club night out will take place on Saturday night at 8 pm in Gleeson’s, The Square. Members and parents are all welcome. Tickets are €10 each. Please support this function if you can.   The Ballaghaderreen club are still on target to win the open club championship. They beat Coolboy of Wicklow at the weekend by 104 pts  to 87. Michael Gregan of Coolboy beat Dessie Keegan in the singles.    In the doubles Vincent Moran and Paul Flynn beat Pat Quails and Richard Walsh while in the final singles game Joe McCann of Ballaghaderreen won his match and the team won by 17 points.