Local Handball Notes (week ending 13th October 2019)

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St Joseph’s Trio looking to qualify for All Ireland

Three Clare handballers, who are representing St Joseph’s Secondary School, Tulla, will be in action this weekend in the 60 x 30 All Ireland Colleges’ Semi Finals.

In the Girls’ Junior Singles, Chloe Philpott takes on Emma Kinnane (HRC Mountbellew, Galway), while Jennifer Nicholas and Áine Lenihan play Carragh Kennedy and Siobhán Treacy (Roscommon CC), in the Girls’ Junior Doubles. Both games will be played in Clogh, Kilkenny on Saturday, October 19th, with play underway at 10:30am.



Clare Handball League Division 1

Kilkishen B and Newmarket Bounce Back

Kilkishen and Clooney hosted action this week for Round 2 of Clare Handball League Division 1. Last year’s defending champions Clooney Quin (Fergal Coughlan Jnr, Seán Coughlan, Shane Hayes, Pat Nolan) were hoping to make it back-to-back wins, as they welcomed Kilkishen B (Kevin O’Callaghan, Sean Murphy, John Cooney, Conor Cooney) to Clooney.

In the first tie of the match it was the Coughlan brothers who stormed into action as they took an early lead against O’Callaghan and Murphy. However O’Callaghan and Murphy finished strongly making sure that the match was very much alive going into the second tie.

In the second tie, Hayes and Nolan were in action against the two Cooney brothers. It was the Cooneys who took control ensuring Kilkishen B bounced back from their Round 1 defeat and claimed the win on an overall score of 74-66.

In Kilkishen, Kilkishen A (Christy Philpott Jnr, Brendan Hannon, Mark Crehan, Henry McGrath) hosted Newmarket on Fergus (Mike Kelly, Glenn Murray, Blake Sheedy, Darragh Burke). Newmarket won the match 63-54 taking advantage of a rusty-looking Kilkishen A who had come off a bye week in Round 1.

Both of these results have really opened up Division 1 as, currently, Tuamgraney, Newmarket on Fergus, Clooney Quin and Kilkishen B are all level at the top of the table with one win each.

The tie to look forward to from Round 3 has to be the repeat of last year’s final, Tuamgraney v Clooney Quin.

Tues Oct 15th at 8pm – Clare Handball League – Division 1, Round 3

Venue: Kilkishen – Match: Kilkishen B v Kilkishen A

Venue: Tuamgraney – Match: Tuamgraney v Clooney Quin


Clare Handball League Division 2

Tuamgraney Make it Three out of Three

Tuamgraney continued their impressive start to Clare Handball League Division 2, with their third win in a row. Tuamgraney (Gearoid Sheehy, Cathal McKenna, Shane Walsh, Tommy Minogue) defeated Clarecastle (Finbarr Sheridan, Jack Hayes, Patrick Healy, Jamie Coughlan) on an overall score of 84-56.

In Newmarket, the home side (Blake Sheedy, Darragh Burke, Mike Hogan, Mike Kelly) defeated Clooney Quin B (Cian Keogh, Dara Keogh, Paschal Brooks and Kevin Keogh) 79-62.

Elsewhere Clooney Quin A (Conor Clune, Darren O’Neill, John Nihil, Ryan O’Neill) took victory at home against Toonagh (Kevin Hassett, Shane Griffin, Michael Callinan, Brian Reilly) on a score of 75-53.

The tie of Round 4 has to be Toonagh v Tuamgraney.

Wed Oct 16th at 8pm – Clare Handball League – Division 2, Round 4

Venue: Toonagh – Match: Toonagh v Tuamgraney

Venue: Clarecastle – Match: Clarecastle v Newmarket on Fergus

Venue: Kilkishen – Match: Kilkishen v Clooney Quin A


Clare Handball League Division 3

Toonagh A and B Start Division 3 in Style

Both of Toonagh’s teams have started Division 3 with impressive wins after this week’s Round 1 action. Toonagh A (Michael Callinan, Brian Reilly, Noel Barry, Philip Lucas) travelled to Clooney (Cian Keogh, Kevin Keogh, Rory Corbett, Brian Clune) where they took victory on an overall score of 84-42.

Toonagh B (Declan Vaughan, Senan Hehir, Eoghan Hynes, Shane Griffin) hosted Tuamgraney (Keith Hogan, Oisín Molloy, Jason McCarthy, Emmett Ryan) and also scored an impressive victory, winning 75-56.

Meanwhile Kilkishen (Ciaran Agnew, Keith Crehan, Tim Custy, John McNamara) also made a strong start taking the spoils when travelling to face Newmarket on Fergus, 64-59. This was the match of the week with only 5 points separating both sides at the end of four extremely competitive games.

The match to look forward to, in Round 3, is between two of last week’s winners Kilkishen v Toonagh B.

Mon Oct 14th at 8pm – Clare Handball League – Division 3, Round 2

Venue: Kilkishen – Match: Kilkishen v Toonagh B

Venue: Toonagh – Match: Toonagh A v Newmarket on Fergus

Venue: Tuamgraney – Match: Tuamgraney v Clooney


Clare Handball Juvenile County Blitzes Begin

In an effort to develop the game of handball within the county, Clare Handball will be making some innovative changes to juvenile handball in Co. Clare. Clare Handball will be running a number of juvenile leagues and blitzes, aimed at players ranging from Under 11 up to Under 18, during the months of October, November and December.

These leagues and blitzes will be run independently of any county championships. The leagues and blitzes are aimed at encouraging participation and playing the sport for fun. There will be blitzes organised and run at various venues across the county starting this weekend. Action will begin with the Under 12/13s on Saturday.

Sat Oct 19th

Under 12/13 A League Round 1 – Venue: Tulla, at 2pm – 5pm

Under 12/13 B Blitz Round 1, Group 1 – Venue: Clooney, at 2pm – 5pm

Under 12/13 B Blitz Round 1, Group 2 – Venue: Toonagh, at 2pm – 5pm

Sun Oct 20th

Under 14/15 League Round 1 – Venue: Tulla, at 10am – 1pm


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