Last Sunday Leitrim hosted the Connaught A Juvenile Finals in Drumshanbo and Fenagh Handball Clubs. Seven finals were played in Drumshanbo and six in Fenagh. This is the top level of Handball in Connaught and saw players from all 5 Connaught counties coming to Leitrim. The only Leitrim player taking part in the competition was Ciaran McMorrow from Drumshanbo Handball Club. Ciaran was narrowly beaten in the final by Cormac Finn from Sligo and came away with the Silver Connaught Medal.

Leitrim Handball would like to thank all the volunteers who took part in the event, the Referees, the Ladies who provided food and to all the supporters on the day.

Connacht 60×30 Finals – Leitrim handballers were involved in two Connacht finals at the weekend, Intermediate singles, and Junior doubles, In the Intermediate final Martin Raftery came up against Galway’s Kevin Craddock. The Galway man completely dominated both games, defeating Martin 21-9, 21-3. The Junior pairing of Leo Logan and Jamie Murray fared no better in the Junior final, coming up against a strong Roscommon pairing of Denis Creaton and Sean Jennings, losing on a score line of 21-7, 21-4. Those finals were played in Williamstown and Collooney respectfully.

Fenagh Handball Club hosted its first All-Ireland Finals on Sunday, the Ladies Intermediate Final (Roscommon v Westmeath) and the Emerald Masters Final (Sligo v Westmeath). The Ladies final was won by Roscommon’s Fiona Tully 7-21, 21-20, 21-9, while the Emerald Masters was won by Westmeath’s Robbie McCarthy Snr 21-3, 21-11.
Pictured after The All-Ireland 60×30 Ladies Intermediate Final are Aoife McCarthy and Fiona Tully.
Pictured before the Connacht 60×30 Junior Doubles Final are Sean Jennings, Denis Creaton, Leo Logan and Jamie Murray.
Pictured before the Connacht 60×30 Intermediate Final are Martin Raftery and Kevin Craddock.

The Connaught B Handball Competition has been going on over the last few weeks. Leitrim had a Team of 19 playing in the Competition. We played Sligo and Roscommon in the Quarter and Semi-Finals

Last week saw the finals played in Aughagower in Mayo. Seven Leitrim Players won Silver Medals in Trilling Finals.
Medal Winners
Back Row L/R
Evan Foley, Conor Flood, Ronan Moran, Amy O Donnell
Front Row L/R
Aoibhe Logan, Aoife Nolan, Edel O Donnell.
All-Ireland 40×20 Junior B Semi-Final – There was no joy for Jarlath Scollan in the Junior B All-Ireland Semi-Final where he suffered defeat at the hands of Waterford’s Kavan O’Keefe, losing on a scoreline of 5-21, 18-21. Although Jarlath got off to a strong start in the first game going 4-0 up, O’Keefe took control and completely dominated the game with fantastic kill shots and top class serving. The second game started the same way with Scollan again going 4-0 up before losing serve, but unlike the first game, he won some key rallies, keeping the Waterford man under pressure. Trailing 14-19 he regained serve and with an upset looking likely, he lost a crucial rally at 18-19. O’Keefe then edged out a victory taking the game 21-18.
Connacht 40×20 Juvenile B Championship – The Connaught B Handball Quarter and Semi-Finals took place in Drumcliffe and Collooney on Sunday. After a great days Handball enjoyed by all, seven Leitrim Players go forward to the Connaught Finals in a Mayo Venue in two weeks. Well Done to all the players who participated in the Semi-Finals. The players going forward to represent Leitrim in the 2018 Connaught final are; Evan Foley, Conor Flood, Ronan Moran, Edel O Donnell, Aoibhe Logan, Amy O Donnell and Aoife Nolan. Best of Luck to all our Handballers.

Leitrim handball hosted the Connaught Finals of the Colleges Connaught Finals in Drumshanbo and Fenagh Handball Clubs on Sunday last. 17 Games were played in Total to complete the competition. Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim took part. The competition consisted of four Grades. First Year, Junior, Minor and Senior in Boys and Girls.
Leitrim had 8 players taking part. Ronan Moran, Edel O Donnel, Amy O Donnell, Evan Foley, Dean Cornyn, Karl
Foley all from Drumshanbo Vocational School. Darren Wrynne from Ballinamore Community School. Aoibhe Logan who Played for Ursuline College Sligo.In total, Leitrim players came home with 7 Silver Medals.  Congrats to all. Leitrim Handball would like to thank all the referees and all the people who fed the players and their families on the day as this was the first time this event came to Leitrim.

Connacht 40×20 Juvenile A Finals – The Connacht Juvenile A finals were played in Claregalway Co. Galway on Saturday with two Leitrim handballers in action: Ciaran McMorrow (Drumshanbo HC) and Cormac Scollan (Fenagh HC). It wasn’t to be Leitrim’s day with both players coming up against stronger opposition. In the U14 final, Ciaran was defeated by Mikey Kelly (Galway) while In the U16 final Cormac was defeated by Lorcan Conlon (Mayo).

Connacht Junior B Championship – Jarlath Scollan was awarded the Connacht Junior B title after his opponent Jonathan Conroy (Mayo) conceded the final due to injury on Saturday. Jarlath faces Munster opposition in the All-Ireland semi-final on Sunday, March 4th. In the Connacht 40×20 Junior B Doubles quarter-final, Fenagh’s Alan Wrynne and Barry McDonagh take on Stanley Harte and Tony Fox (Sligo) tonight (Wednesday) in Collooney at 8.00pm.
Connacht Colleges B Finals – Leitrim will host the Colleges B finals this Sunday with games being played in Drumshanbo and Fenagh alleys.

Connacht Junior B 40×20 Semi-Final – Fenagh’s Jarlath Scollan booked his place in the Connacht 40×20 Junior B Final with a hard fought victory over Galway’s James Dempsey on Sunday on a scoreline of 12-21, 21-12, 21-11. Although the scoreline doesn’t suggest it, the game was much closer, with long rallies and both players executing some great kill shots.

Connacht Cuman na mBunscol Finals – The Cuman na mBunscol Finals were played in Salthill Co. Galway on Sunday with 5 pupils from St Patrick’s NS Drumshanbo taking part: Aidan Dowler, Aoife Nolan, Daire McCabe, Sean Nolan, and Senan McGowan. Aoife Nolan won a Connacht Bronze Medal in the Girls U13 competition. Well done to all the participants

Leitrim Colleges B 40×20 Final – The Colleges B First Year Doubles final was played in Drumshanbo on Sunday between Darren Wrynne and Paul Flynn (Ballinamore CS) and Dean Cornyn and Karl Foley (Drumshanbo VS). After 2 thrilling games, the Drumshanbo pair came out on top 15 -7  15 – 3.

Connacht 40×20 Junior Championship – The Connacht 40×20 Junior Championship is up and running with first-round games played at the weekend. Brothers Aaron and Jarlath Scollan (Fenagh) faced Sligo opposition in the Junior B and Junior C quarter finals which were played in Drumshanbo. In Junior C Aaron took on Eddie O’Connor (Collooney) but was defeated on a score line of 21-3, 21-4.

In Junior B Jarlath’s opposition was Stanley Harte (Collooney), where the Leitrim player carved out a tough victory, with the game going right down to the wire. In a very entertaining game which was played at a very high-intensity Jarlath won on a score line of 21-19, 13-21, 21-19. He now meets Galway’s James Dempsey in the semi-final which is fixed for this Sunday in Drumshanbo at 2pm.
Leitrim Cumann na mBunscol Finals – Leitrim Cumann na mBunscol was held in Drumshanbo Handball Club on Sunday last with three Schools taking part:

Scoil Mhuire Carrick on Shannon

Gaelscoil Chluainin Manorhamilton

St Patricks National school Drumshanbo.

The winners go forward to the Connacht Finals.

Boys U11 Singles

Daire McCabe. St Patricks Drumshanbo

Boys U11 Doubles

Sean Nolan and Senan McGowan. St Patricks Drumshanbo

Girls U13 Singles

Aoife Nolan, St Patricks Drumshanbo.

Girls U13 Doubles

Hanna Smith and Lasairione Scarff. Gaelscol Chluainin, Mahorhamilton

Boys U13 singles

Aidan Dowler. St Patricks Drumshanbo.

Boys U13 Doubles.

Thomas McKeon and Conor McLoughlin. St Patricks Drumshanbo

Leitrim 40×20 Junior B Final

Barry McDonagh and Jarlath Scollan contested the Leitrim 40×20 Junior B Final played in Fenagh on Sunday. Jarlath won the final on a score line of 21-10, 21-8. He now goes on to represent Leitrim in the Connacht Junior B Championship.
Connacht Colleges Finals
The Colleges A Connacht Finals were held in St Colman’s Handball Club Roscommon on Saturday with 2 young players from Leitrim taking part, Ciaran McMorrow and Cormac Scollan.
 In the First Years’ Final Ciaran McMorrow (Drumshanbo Vocational School) took on Stephen Kelly (Pres Athenry) Galway. McMorrow playing in his first competitive Match in almost 2 years after injury defeated  Kelly 15-3, 15-7 to win the Connaught Medal.
 In the Intermediate Final Cormac Scollan (Ballinamore Community School) took on Eimhin Dillon (CCCM An Spideal), Galway. Scollan lost out to a stronger Dillon on a scoreline of 15-10, 15-4.
Connacht 60×30 Juvenile B Championship
The 60×30 Juvenile B quarter and semi-finals were played in Collooney on Saturday with three Leitrim handballers in action: Benoit McKiernan U11, Darren Wrynne U12 and Paul Flynn U13 with all three facing Sligo opposition. In the U11 semi-final Benoit McKiernan had a good win over Aaron Coleman. He lost the first game 8-15, won the second 15-8 and won the tie break 15-10 to reach his first Connacht final. In the U12 semi-final Darren Wrynne lost out to Darragh  Bourke 15-2 and 15-3. Paul Flynn was also narrowly defeated in the U13 semi-final by Mark Tighe 15-14, 15-12.
Pictured L to R are Paul Flynn, Benoit McKiernan and Darren Wrynne.

Connacht 60×30 Doubles Championship

Jarlath Scollan and Alan Wrynne played their Junior B semi final against Mayo’s Aidan Connaughton and Lawrence Murphy. Unfortunately, it wasn’t Leitrim’s day with the Fenagh pairing defeated in both games 21-4, 21-8. Leitrim handballers had to concede the Junior semi final and the Over 35s semi final due to injuries.

Fenagh Handball Alley has been selected to host The All-Ireland 60×30 Senior Doubles semi final between Dessie Keegan and Joe McCann (Mayo) and James Brady and Patrick Clerkin (Cavan) on Saturday at 5pm.

Connacht 60×30 Doubles Championship

The Connacht 60×30 Doubles Championship kicks off this weekend with Leitrim handballers in action in three grades, Jamie Murray and Leo Logan take on Sligo’s Stanley Harte and Shane Bruen in the Junior semi-final, to be played in Collooney.

Also in Collooney James Gill and Paul Gilmartin face Mark Murphy and Kevin Meehan (Sligo) in the Over 35s semi final. In the Junior B championship, Jarlath Scollan and Alan Wrynne have home advantage over Mayo’s Aidan Connaughton and Lawrence Murphy. The game is to be played in Fenagh on Saturday at 5 pm.

In the Masters B All-Ireland semi final Manorhamilton’s Joel Smith was defeated by Offaly’s Conor O’Brien on a score line of 9-21, 9-21.