Martin Mulkerrins and Martina McMahon are the 2019 Irish Softball Nationals champions after strong showings in Castlebridge HC, Wexford on Saturday night.
Mulkerrins won his maiden major senior Softball title, impressively seeing off local man Gavin Buggy 15-10, 15-5 in the final. En route to the final, Mulkerrins also defeated Shane Dunne, Ger Coonan & Eoin Kennedy to add to his Wallball Nationals title won at the start of July. Up the the final, Buggy himself pulled through with some big wins, defeating lefties Dominick Lynch & David Hope in tiebreakers.
The Ladies Final had a familiar feel to it with reigning champ Catriona Casey & Martin McMahon doing battle having seen off Kilkenny duo Aoife Holden & Ciara Mahon respectively in the SF's. From the off it was Martina's power and precision serving that set the tone in a dominant 15-5, 15-6 showing.
Next up will be the All-Ireland Senior Singles Championship, kicking off in two weeks time.
GAA Handball would like to express their huge gratitude for all Wexford venues for stepping up and hosting a well run event, with great hospitality shown in each facility.
See below for full list of Final results, and full updated draw trees for all match results played.
- Mens Open Final - Martin Mulkerrins (Gal) dft Gavin Buggy (Wex) 15-10, 15-5
- Ladies Open Final - Martina McMahon (Lim) dft Catriona Casey (Cork) 15-5, 15-6
- Mens A Final - Paul Lambert / Paddy Haughton (Wex) dft Evan Murphy / Shane Murphy (Lim)
- Mens B Final - Noel Moroney / Declan Gleeson (Tip) dft Myles Carroll / Chris Doyle (Kild/Wic) 15—11, 15-14
- Mens C Final - Thomas Moore / Shane Birney (Wex) dft Kevin Timmons / Aidan O’Faherty (Tip) 15-9, 9-15, 11-1
- Ladies B/C Final - Noelle Dowling (Kilk) dft Sabrina Hughes (Dub)
- Masters B Final - James Stanners / Alan O’Neill (Wex) dft David Stanners / Robert Byrne (Wex)
- Silver Masters Final - Conor O’Brien / Sean Ryan (Off) dft Tommy & Mick Armstrong (Wex) 15-8, 15-9
- Boys 13&U - Niall Drennan / Conor Doyle (Kilk) dft Cathal Buckley / John Hayes (Kilk) 15-11, 15-7
- Boys 15&U - Mikey Kelly / Jack Glynn (Gal) dft Conor Holden / Kyle Jordan (Kilk) 15-5, 15-6
- Boys 17&U - Kyle Dunne / Billy O’Neill (Kilk) dft Mark Doyle / Dean O’Neill (Wex) 15-8, 15-11
- Girls 13&U - Jodie Keeling / Farrah Ryan (Wex/Car) dft Hannah Grace / Christine Percy (Tip)
- Girls 15&U - Amy Brennan / Cloda Nic Con Midhe (Kilk/Tyr) dft Leah Minogue / Chloe Philpott (Cla)