This weekend the 60x30 Juvenile Championship Finals are down for decision across two Munster venues with 44 players from all corners of the isle competing for 15 All-Ireland titles, with 12 counties represented.
There have been many fantastic encounters already en route to their All-Ireland finals day, and spectators can expect a number of exciting tussles from the talent on show.
The Blue Ribbon Boys U14 and U16 Single Finals on paper, look like cracking contests. Abbeyknockmoy’s Mikey Kelly will be hoping to add to his U14 40x20 title earlier in the year but is up against another gifted handballer in Sean Callan of Monaghan, this is certain to be a tight match. While the U16 Final is between Kilkenny’s Kyle Dunne who hopes to follow in his older brother Shane’s achievement who won this title back in 2014. Kyle faces the talented Eoghan McGinnity who is also going for a clean sweep at U16 Singles level this year, this is likely to go to a tie-break with very little between both players.
The Girls U14 and U16 Singles throws up two more intriguing tussles between some very astute young handballers. Kilkenny’s and Clogh’s Amy Brennan will fancy her chance in the U14 Singles Final where she will be hoping to claim this title for the second year in a row, but she faces the experience Clodagh Munroe from the Carrickmore club. This is a repeat of the U14 Singles final back in March were the Tyrone player just edged it, so on Sunday morning the battle resumes. In the U16 final Kilkenny’s Roisin O’Keeffe hopes to go one better than earlier in the year when she was runner up in the 40x20 U16 Singles Final, this time she plays Chloe Philpott from the Kilkishen club Clare who hopes to add to her 40x20 U16 Doubles title from March. This should also be a cracking final and could also go to a third game.
GAA Handball would like to wish all the competitors the best of luck, and congratulate all the players and their coaches on an already very successful campaign.
One final has already been played last weekend in the Girls U15 Doubles with Tipperary’s Anna Mulcahy and Áine Spain overcoming Kilkenny’s Lauren Power and Nathania Jackson after three tight games on a score line 15-2, 12-15, 15-6.
GAA Handball 60x30 All Ireland Juvenile Finals 2018 – Fixtures
Sunday 14th October
Lahorna, Tipperary OIC Martin Spain (087 2599771) At 11am
- GU14S Kilkenny (Amy Brennan) v Tyrone (Clodagh Munroe)
- BU17D Kilkenny (James Love/Tom Carroll) v Cork (Colin Healy/Luke Barrett)
- BU16S Kilkenny (Kyle Dunne) v Monaghan (Eoghan McGinnity)
- GU15S Galway (Sadhbh Ní Fhlaithearta) v Monaghan (Louise McGinnity)
- BU14S Galway (Mikey Kelly) v Monaghan (Sean Callan)
- BU16D Mayo (Lorcan Conlon/Bobby Reilly) v Tipperary (Cormac Doheny/Rory Grace)
- GU16S Kilkenny (Roisin O’Keeffe) v Clare (Chloe Philpott)
- BU14D Kilkenny (Kyle Jordan/Sean O’Keeffe) v Waterford (Charlie Treen/Sean Callaghan)
- BU17S Kilkenny (Eoin O’Brien) v Waterford (Michael Kiely)
Ballina, Tipperary OIC Paddy Collins (087 2615406) At 11am
- GU16D Kilkenny (Aine Duggan/Doireann Knox) v Tipperary (Isabel Farnan/Siobhán Prentice)
- GU14D Wexford (Ellie Murphy O’Gorman/Rachel Goff) v Tyrone (Cloda McNamee/Meabh McCrystall)
- GU17S Meath (Emily Sheridan Fox) v Limerick (Aisling Shanahan)
- GU17D Mayo (Cuileann Bourke/Claire Reynolds) v Limerick (Ciara McCarthy/Keri Murphy)
- BU15S Wexford (Tommy Connors) v Tyrone (Jack Darcy)
- BU15D Wexford (Conor Murphy/Ross Arnold) v Cork (Cathal Ducey/Evan Enright)