Connacht 60×30 Junior Doubles Champions

Martin Raftery and Jamie Murray won The M Donnelly 60×30 Connacht Junior Doubles Championship defeating Declan Connaughton and Kevin Craddock (Galway) on a score line of 10-21, 21-9, 21-11. The game which was played on Sunday August 31st in St Comans Roscommon saw Martin Raftery completeing the double having won the 60×30 Junior Championship the previous week. Having got off to a slow start the first game went away from the Leitrim lads, but they made no mistake in the second match taking control from the start and never looked like losing, taking the match to a tie break. With Leitrim having serve for the third game Murray and Raftery built up a lead that they wouldnt relinquish and went on to win the game comfortably. The Leitrim lads now play Tipperarys John Ferncombe and Kevin Dempsey in the All-Ireland semi-final, set for Roscommon on Saturday at 3.00pm.
 
M Donnelly 60×30 All Ireland Junior Semi Final
In what has been another great weekend for Leitrim handball Martin Raftery forced his way into the All Ireland Junior 60×30 final when he defeated John Paul O Connor of Limerick at Hospital Co Limerick on Sunday on a score line of 21-18, 20-21, 21-9 in the All Ireland semi final. In fact Martin had a busy weekend as he captained the Allen Gaels football team against Aughawillan on Saurday evening in the Leitrim Senior semi-final at Carrick on Shannon.
 
It was a tired  Raftery that set out for Limerick on Saturday night for a twelve  noon meeting with O Connor in his own court on Sunday. The game was close in the first two games as the scoreline shows. Raftery found it tough against a very experienced player in the first game but pulled off 21-18 win. O Connor pushed Raftery to the back wall in the second game to reduce his killing power and pulled off a21-20 win in a very tight struggle, however his efforts drained him and Rafterys fitness and court craft was too much for him in the third game. This semi final win now sets up an All Ireland final against Paul Lambart of Wexford on 20th September
 
 
 

 

 

08-Sep-14 by Handball PRO