Clare Schools Dominate National Handball Championships

Clare Schools Dominate National Handball Championships

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Fergal Coughlan (left) receives his medal off GAA Handball President and Newmarket-on-Fergus clubman Willie Roche.
Fergal Coughlan (left) receives his medal off GAA Handball President and Newmarket-on-Fergus clubman Willie Roche.

There was plenty of Clare success earlier on today at Kingscourt, Cavan where a total of three titles were claimed by Banner schools in the 40×20 College Final

Kilkishen’s Ella Donnellan was crowned Senior Girls Singles Champion after she had wins over Adhna Ní Odhrain Ní Mhurchú and Niamh Dunne. The St Caimins student recoved from a first game loss to defeat Ní Odhrain Ní Mhurchú of Col na Coirbe, Galway in the semi-final 10-15 15-6 15-12. Ella Donnellan is a first cousin of Clare Senior Hurling captain Patrick and comes from an esteemed handball family.

Ella Donnellan (left) receives medal from GAA Handball President Willie Roche
Ella Donnellan (left) receives medal from GAA Handball President Willie Roche

Doireann Murphy of St Flannans College, Ennis was forced to give a walkover in the Junior Girls semi-final as the competition clashed with St Flannans’ All-Ireland semi-final in the schools Senior Camogie competition. The Clarecastle student was due to face Eimear Ní Bhiada of Coláiste Cholm Cille who went on to win the grade.

In the Junior Girls Doubles; St Josephs Tulla duo Aoife Floyd and Niamh O’Brien fell at the final hurdle in their attempts. A 15-9 15-6 semi-final win saw the Tulla girls advance to the final. In an extremely tight contest, Floyd and O’Brien narrowly missed out on the title losing to Ciara Mullan and Elizabeth McGarvey of Loreto Grammar College, Omagh on a scoreline of 15-10 14-15 15-9.

St Caimins Community School in Shannon enjoyed further success when Tiernan Agnew claimed the Junior Boys Singles title. Agnew beat off the challenge of Peter O’Donnacha in the semi-final 15-12 15-7. Despite losing the second tie the promising handballer recovered to defeat Darragh Cavanan of St Ciarán’s Ballygawley 15-12 13-15 15-10 in the final.

Tiernan Agnew (left) with GAA Handball President Willie Roche
Tiernan Agnew (left) with GAA Handball President Willie Roche

Fergal Coughlan of Rice College, Ennis claimed the Intermediate Boys Singles championship to complete Clare’s domination of the event. Interestingly both Coughlan and his final opponent Sean Kerr received walkovers in their semi-final. The Clooney/Quin handballer saw off the competition of Kerr to win 15-12 15-8.

Both Clare and Tyrone claimed three titles each in the day’s activity while Galway, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Wexford all got their hands on one title each.

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