Historic First For Fenagh

History will be made next Sunday when the newly renovated Fenagh Handball Alley hosts The M Donnelly 60×30 All-Ireland Minor Semi-Final between Fenaghs own Shane Doonan and Wexfords Galen Riordan.
 
This will be the first major championship match the state of art alley has hosted and an intriguing game is anticipated as Donal Wrynn is the link between these two opponents. Shane Doonan partnered Wrynn to win the 60×30 Doubles Minor title last year, while Galen Riordan was beaten by Wrynn in the 40×20 Minor Final earlier last year. Riordan is not to be under estimated having reached the 40×20 Final again this year, while Doonan has only started back playing handball, having taken a break to concentrate on his studies this year. Having said that Doonan has put in a lot of work over the last few weeks and while he struggled at times in the first game in the Connacht semi-final against Galways Alan Kilboy losing by 2 aces before going on to comprehensively beat him in the second game and then in the tie break. The Connacht Final was played on July 30th in Castlebar against Mayos Darragh Cunnane. Doonan was back in his stride by then and made sure of the title defeating Cunane 21-12, 21-14 with some great serving and kill shots. This is sure to be a tight and tense semi-final in front of a large home crowd with an All-Ireland Final place at stake, but Doonan is no stranger to pressure having played in an U16 semi-final, and Minor 40×20 Doubles semi-final with Donal Wrynn before winning his Minor Doubles title. The Match starts at 3.00pm.
 
The curtain raiser to Sundays game is the Connacht 60×30 Juvenile first round between Leitrim and Sligo. Fenaghs Alan Doonan (U15) and Aaron Scollan (U17) are in action for Leitrim and the games start at 12.00.
 
In another All-Ireland semi-final scheduled for Sunday, Drumshanbos Leo Logan takes on Kilkennys Brendan Burke in The M Donnelly 60×30 Junior B to be played in Inchs Point Kilkenny.

 

 

20-Aug-13 by Niall Scollan – Handball PRO