|DF v Garda Handball Challenge|
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|Sunday, 10 June 2012 17:20|
Defence Forces vs Gardaí - Handball Challenge – Custume Bks 06 June 2012
Report by Cpl Eric O’Brien (USAC)
DF Handball had it’s latest challenge against the Gardaí in the Handball Centre, Custume Bks, Athlone on 6 June. The day’s events were a throw back to the old Army versus Gardaí matches that were an annual event in the 1980s. After establishing contact with my counterpart in the Gardaí (Sgt Conor McDonnell), we agreed to have the DF host the first leg of this challenge in Custume Bks on the 40 x 20 court. The ‘away’ leg will take place in Garda HQ on their 60 x 30 court.
The second last doubles game saw a Garda father and son team take on a team from 4 W Bde. Gda Tony Hannon (retired) was the last President of GAA Handball and his son Gda David Hannon took the challenge to the men of the West and defeated them 25-9. It’s plain to see that handball in strong in the Hannon family with another of Tony’s sons, who is also a member of the Gardaí, being an avid handballer. The last game of the day was another doubles match that went to 21-20, but unfortunately for the DF Team, it was the Gardaí again that pulled out the final ace.
The day’s proceedings were watched over by Mr John Kelly of GAA Handball who again had plenty of advice and guidance for us and recorded by Mr Donovan Ross for TG4’s GAA Handball Show that is due to be aired in the Autumn. With both the Irish Nationals One Wall Championships & the World Handball Championships (both being hosted in Citywest, Dublin) only around the corner, the Challenge Day against the Gardaí gave us an experience that will only add to our preparation for these Championships after playing against a tough Garda team.
We look forward to a couple of months of training and to the return visit to Garda HQ later on in the year to try and recover a few games on the ‘Big Alley.For any person that is interested in taking up handball or returning to the sport (like the majority of us), keep an eye out for our monthly Handball Open Day where you will be coached, play against handballers of a similar level and watch games played by the seniors.
Also, the DF One-Wall Championships will take place in Mount Talbot, Co. Roscommon on 25 July 2012. This discipline is proposed to be an Olympic sport for the 2016 Olympics, and is a great way for both beginners and returning handballers getting into the sport without having to worry about the dreaded side and back walls sending the ball all over the alley, and instead play against one front wall (like the lunch time games in school).
Cre Michael Merrigan vs Gda Dessie Dowd 9-21
Pte Conor Laffey vs Gda David Hannon 5-21
Pte Chris Samuels vs D/Gda Paddy Donovan 7-13
Armn James Byrne vs Gda Mick O’Neill 7-16
Tpr Stephen Smullen vs Gda Michael O’Ronan 19-12
Cpl Eric O’Brien vs Gda Michael O’Ronan 1-21
Cpl Eddie Clifford & Pte Denis Dowd vs Sgt Conor McDonnell & D/Gda Campbell Brennan 15-31
Pte Tommy Dillon & Pte JP Ryan vs Gda David Hannon & Gda Dessie Dowd 21-5
D/Gda Paddy Donovan & Pte Denis Dowd vs D/Gda Campbell Brennan & Cpl Eddie Clifford 17-25
Gda Mick O’Neill & Pte Tommy Dillon vs Sgt Conor McDonnell & Pte JP Ryan 14-25
Cpl Eric O’Brien & Pte Chris Samuels vs Gda Tony Hannon (Ret’d) & Gda David Hannon 9-25
Tpr Stephen Smullen & Armn James Byrne vs Gda David Hannon & Gda Michael O’Ronan 20-21
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