St. Coman’s had just four competitors in the 40×20 Junior Nationals held in Galway venues last weekend, but all four gave very good accounts of themselves, with Fiona Tully once again being the star performer as she took the Girls 17 & Under title in superb style.
Tully continued her wonderful recent form when she blitzed her opposition in all three matches to take the title, earning high praise from some very knowledgeable observers in the process.
The final was a re-match of Fiona’s very tough All-Ireland Minor final against Kildare’s Hannah Dagg. This time round it was all Fiona from start to finish. Tully won in straight games 15-2, 15-6.
Irslam Yakhyaev also won a lot of admirers over the weekend with his aggressive hard-hitting style.
Despite being underage for another two years Irslam won five out of his six games, reaching 25 in all five of them and the one game he lost was by a mere two points 20-22 in a cracker against Kilkenny’s John Hayes. Irslam is definitely one to watch for the future.
Thomas O’Brien had an impressive run in the 13 & Under ‘B’ grade reaching the semi-final before succumbing to Laois’s Tiernach Doheny 15-7, 15-7. Son of Curraghboy star Cormac, Thomas showed some of his dad’s touches winning his preliminary rounds very easily and defeated decent Galway and Tyrone opposition in his first two matches.
Fionn Cusack also reached the semi-final of his grade, the 15 & Under ‘B’ division. He had a terrific battle in his quarter-final against Cavan’s Adam Crosbie, winning in a tie-breaker of an exhausting match.
Still showing the after-effects of that match Fionn never really got into his semi-final match against Niall Delaney of Cork and went down 15-7, 15-9.