No joy for Bally' handballers


No joy for Bally’ handballers

Unfortunately, Ballyporeen handballers competing in their respective All-Ireland finals were out of luck in county Clare, bowing to stronger opposition.

Monday, 15 April 2013
1:00 AM GMT

The club’s handballers Pat Ryan, Jason English and John Ryan were out of luck last weekend in their All-Ireland 40/20 finals. Pat Ryan lost out in the All-Ireland 40/20 Golden Masters B singles final after a titanic struggle with Tom Byrne (Mayo) in Tuamgraney, Co Clare last Sunday. Before a packed attendance Pat began slowly in this final with his Mayo opponent holding early leads. Pat fought back well in a close fought game to level at 15 all with some excellent kill shots. In a thrilling finish, Pat held on well to close out the 1st game 21-17.

Pat started slowly in the 2nd game with his Mayo opponent leading 10-2 at one stage but Pat rallied well with some great handball skill to come close to winning the 2nd game but his Mayo opponent proved the better winning the 2nd game 21-17. In an enthralling 3rd game scores were level on many occasions with Pat putting up a brave struggle with great power-play but in a thrilling finish, his Mayo opponent Tom Byrne just held on well to close out the 3rd game 21-17 to lift the All-Ireland title. Tough luck to Pat who was most unlucky to lose out in this final. But hopefully this weekend, Pat will return to winning ways in his doubles All-Ireland 40/20 Golden B final when he teams up with Paul Maher (Lahorna) and again they will meet Mayo in this final.


John Ryan and Jason English were out of luck last Saturday in the All-Ireland U16 40/20 final where they lost out to Kilkenny. John and Jason lost out to P Cooney and D Caulfield (Kilkenny) 21-11, 21-9 in this final but John and Jason had their problems leading into the final with Jason injuring his left hand in the Irish Nationals the week before. This injury proved to be serious which caused Jason not been able to use his left hand only his right hand. This upset a great doubles partnership which had a great run in the championship to date with wins over Clare, Cork and Tyrone to reach this final. The boys tried their best with scores level early in the 1st game but then the Kilkenny pair pulled away to 16-5 but John and Jason fought back to 16-11 but the Kilkenny pair went on to win the 1st game 21-11. The 2nd game proved to be much the same as the way the 1st game finished with Kilkenny in control. John tried gallantly with some fine pass shots and excellent pick shots to push the Kilkenny lads. Jason showed and tried his best with some brilliant serves and kill-shots but was really hampered when he could not use his powerful left hand. The Kilkenny pair went on to win the 2nd game 21-9 to lift the U16 doubles title. Tough luck to John and Jason on this final defeat as luck was against them.

Well done to all the parents and supporters who travelled to the Crinkle venue in big numbers for this final.


Pat Ryan will be in action in the All-Ireland Golden Masters B doubles final on this Saturday 13 in Moycullen. Pat teams up with Paul Maher (Lahorna) and they won the provincial title with a hard fought 3 game win over Tim O’Shea and D Hayes (Limerick). They then had a 3 game win over C McDonnell and P Cassidy (Monaghan) in the All-Ireland semi-final. Pat and Paul now face Aidan Bell and Sean Cunnane (Mayo) in the final. Pat and Paul make the long journey to Moycullen, Co Galway this Saturday 13 at 3pm for this final against the Mayo lads. Hopes will be high that Pat and Paul can win this All-Ireland. Best wishes to both Pat and Paul in their quest for All-Ireland glory.


Saturday 13 at 3pm in Moycullen, Co Galway - Ladies Intermediate Doubles: P Gallagher and A Corrigan (Mayo) v L Loughnane and A M Fitzgerald (Clare). Golden Masters B Doubles - Pat Ryan and Paul Maher (Tipperary) v A Bell and S Cunnane (Mayo). Masters B Doubles - J Judge and P Foy (Mayo) v J Lee and M McInerney (Tipperary).


The early rounds of the Irish 40/20 Nationals took place recently at venues around Ireland. A number of the clubs top young handballers took part and did very well.

Mickey Maher made the long journey to Ballinagheen, Co Mayo where he had a 21-8, 21-5 win over P Mullen (Tyrone) in the boys 15 and under singles. Mickey was in great form and advanced comfortable in this 1st round clash.

Jack Coughlan travelled to Dolla and was most unlucky to lose out to E Hegarty (Limerick) 15-14, 15-13 in the boys B and under singles 1st round. Jack turned in a fine performance and was most unlucky to lose out in two close games.

John Ryan had a comfortable win over D Quegan (Offaly) but in the 2nd round John lost D Walsh (Cork) in the boys B 15 and under in two hard fought games.

Jason English had a 21-15, 21-16 win over S Carey (Kilkenny) in the boys 15 and under singles. Jason had a tough fought win but also injured his hand in this tough fought match.


The club wish to thank all the young boys and girls for taking part in another great winter season of handball training. Young kids from 7 years to 19 years took part in handball which was run each week from October until March. The club wish to thank the parents for supporting the sessions. A special thanks to all the coaches for organising and training the young kids. Hopefully the handball winter training will begin again in October 2013.


The courts are available to anyone who wants to use them. We encourage both young and old to come and use a great local sports club. The courts are in top class shape and anyone interested in using them are most welcome.


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The club are presently running schools handball classes in Scoil Tempall Toinne for all the young boys and girls attending the school. Before Easter all the classes from 2nd to 6th class enjoyed the handball class and experienced the game of 1-wall handball. After Easter it is hoped to have the rest of the classes enjoy the game of handball. Special thanks to the staff of Scoil Tempall Toinne for their support with these classes.


The club are currently putting in an order for Ballyporeen handball club gear from O’Neill’s Sportswear. Full list of gear on 40/20 noticeboard. Anyone interested in ordering gear please contact Eddie Corbett.


Final call for club membership. Anyone interested in joining for 2013 season please contact club treasurer Michael English, Ballywilliam. Fees are: Adult €20, Family €40, Juvenile €10.

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