Nash and Dinan bring Clare’s medal tally to nine

Nash and Dinan bring Clare’s medal tally to nine


D Nash & RMcCarthyWins for Diarmaid Nash, Clodagh Nash and Brídín Dinan increased Clare’s medal tally to eight at the World Handball Championships in Calgary, Canada.

Tuamgraney’s Nash teamed up with Team Ireland captain, Robbie McCarthy of Westmeath as they secured the Men’s Doubles Open title beating Roscommon pair Joseph McCann and Rikki O’Gara 21-18 21-4

After a slow start in the first game Diarmaid and McCarthy found themselves 8-12 and then 14-18 behind. A late comeback saw the duo dominated proceedings as they hit seven scores without reply in a game that lasted one hour.

The duo took twenty five minutes to win the second game. Nash’s quick reactions came to the fore as he dived for countless shots that worked wonders. He and McCarthy swapped sides regularly in the first game but this didn’t happen in the second game which only lasted twenty five minutes as the victors were in control throughout.

His sister, Clodagh ensured another medal was heading home as she teamed up with Tipperary’s Sinead Meagher in the Girls U17 Doubles Small Ball competition. They faced Clare duo Doireann Murphy and Ella Donnellan in the final but it finished 21-16 21-14 in favour of Nash and Meagher.

Tulla’s Brídín Dinan picked up her first World title alongside Caitríona Millane from Killmore, Broadford but a student of the Model School in Limerick where she plays her handball and so represents the Treaty County.

They defeated Dearbhla Coleman and Megan McCann of Lurgan, Armagh, the winners of the Big Ball U15 Doubles. It was some consolation for Dinan who bowed out of the Big Ball Singles competition to McCann on a score of 21-3 21-11.

Tulla's Brídín Dinan far right alongside teammate Caitriona Millane.
Tulla’s Brídín Dinan far right alongside teammate Caitriona Millane.

Dinan was part of the St Josephs Tulla secondary school outfit that claimed an All-Ireland camogie title in March. Her clubmate Aoife Floyd tasted defeat in the Doubles semi-final bowing out to Coleman and McCann.

Johnny Woods edged out Colin Corbett once more in the Worlds, this time it was the U19 Doubles as Woods partnered fellow Tyrone comrade Pól Clarke to victory over Tulla’s Corbett and Daniel Hayes of Cashel, Tipperary on a score of 17-21 21-10 11-6.