Connacht Handball Title For Joel Smith

Manorhamilton’s Joel Smith took the Connacht 60×30 Masters B title at the weekend defeating Sligo’s Michael Bruen on a score line of 20-21, 21-5, 21-11. The first game was very close with Joel losing by a single point. The second game was completely different, with Smith in complete control from the start and he cruised to an easy victory. The third game was much the same with the Leitrim man dominating proceedings to take the title. There were two other Leitrim handballers in Connacht finals: James Gill was defeated in the Over 35s B final by Sligo’s Kevin Meehan and Ed Lee lost the Golden Masters A final to Martin Cooney, also from Sligo.

Connacht 40×20 Girls U14 Final

The postponed girls U14 Connaught Final between Leitrims Edel O Donnell and Nicole Sweeney from Galway was Played in Drumshanbo on Sunday 23rd at 2pm.

Edel O Donnell was narrowly beaten in a great Final and came home with a Connaught Silver Medal.

Edels Silver adds to the existing quota of medals won by Leitrim Handballers this year. 2 Connaught Gold and 6 Connaught silver Medals, Our congrats to all the medal winners so far this year.



25-Apr-17 by Niall Scollan – Leitrim Handball




03-Apr-17 by Niall Scollan – Leitrim Handball

Connacht Juvenile B 40×20 Semi-Finals

The Connacht Juvenile B semi-finals were played on Sunday in Drumshanbo, with 8 grades down for decision against Mayo opposition. Two handballers from Drumshanbo Handball Club overcame their opponents to reach the finals with one semi-final still to be played, Boys U13 Paul Flynn (Fenagh Handball Club) v Jack Creighton. Leitrims winners on Sunday were Edel ODonnell (Girls U14) who defeated Lilian Sheehy and Evan Foley (Boys U15) who defeated James Walsh. Playing on the day were Colm McLoughlin (U11), Dara Greenan & Benoit McKiernan (U11D), Darren Wrynne (12), all from Fenagh HC, Aidan Dowler & Karl Foley (U13D), Edel ODonnell (GU14),. Ronan Moran (U14), Conor Flood & Sean Lynch (U14D), Evan Foley (U15). The finals are to be played on Sunday in Collooney and Castleconnor 



27-Mar-17 by Niall Scollan – Leitrim Handball

Connacht 40×20 Junior B Doubles Semi-Final

The Leitrim Junior B Doubles pairing of Leo Logan and Alan Wrynne took on their Sligo counterparts Jason Earlis and Brendan Fleming in the Connacht semi-final played in Drumshanbo on Saturday, where they were defeated on a scoreline of 21-16, 21-3. The first game was very tight the whole way through with the Sligo lads just edging ahead at a crucial stage in the match to close it out. In the second game the Sligo duo were in complete control, with the Leitrim lads suffering a heavy defeat.




14-Mar-17 by Niall Scollan – Leitrim Handball

No joy for Leitrim Handballers in All-Ireland Semi-Finals
Leitrim had two handballers in action at the weekend in All-Ireland 40×20 semi-finals, Leo Logan (Junior B) and Cormac Scollan (U15), with neither player overcoming their Leinster opponents. Leo Logan was defeated by Carlows AaronÓgeoghegan, while Cormac Scollan lost out to Kilkennys Jack Doyle. In the Junior B semi-final, played in Ballaghadreen, Logan made a great start opening up an early lead which he didnt relinquish and went on to take the first game 21-15. The second game could have gone Leos way early on, but his Carlow opponent got some key scores and took the game away from him, on a score of 21-15. The tie-break game which was played at a very high intensity started to slip away from Logan, and the Carlow man went on to win comfortably 21-8.
The Boys U15 semi-final was played in Clogh Co. Kilkenny with Cormac Scollan coming up against a stronger Jack Doyle, losing on a scoreline of 15-5, 15-2. ScollanÓgot off to a great start in the first game, going into a 4 point lead before his Kilkenny opponent started to get to grips with his excellent serving. That was as good as it got for the Fenagh lad, and he was left chasing both games as Doyle was in complete control.



05-Mar-17 by Niall Scollan – Leitrim Handball

Connacht Tile For Cormac

Cormac Scollan took the Connacht U15 title with a comprehensive victory over Galways Aaron McDonagh last Wednesday night in Moycullen, winning on a score line of 15-6, 15-6, to claim his first 40×20 Connacht title. As the score line suggests Cormac was in complete control in both games. He now plays in his first All-Ireland 40×20 semi-final where he takes on Kilkennys Jack Doyle on Sunday in Clogh Co. Offaly at 12.00.
Leitrim Juvenile 40×20 B Finals
The Leitrim 40×20 Juvenile B finals were played in Drumshanbo on Sunday, with players from Fenagh and Drumshanbo Handball clubs taking part. The winners on the day were:
Girls U14: Edel ODonnell (Drumshanbo),
Boys U11: Colm McLoughlin (Fenagh),
Boys U11D: Darragh Greenan/ Ben McKiernan(Fenagh),
Boys U13: Paul Flynn (Fenagh),
Boys U14: Ronan Moran (Drumshanbo).
All go through to the Connacht B juvenile semi-finals to be played in Drumshanbo on Saturday.
Also through to the semi-finals are:
Girls U13D: Aimey ODonnell/ Aoibhe Logan (Drumshanbo),
Boys U12D: Paddy McLoughlin/ Darren Wrynne (Fenagh),
Boys U13D:Aidan Dowler/ Karl Foley (Drumshanbo),
Boys U14D: Conor Flood/ Sean Lynch (Drumshanbo) 
Boys U15: Evan Foley (Drumshanbo).



28-Feb-17 by Niall Scollan – Leitrim Handball

Connacht Title For Leo
Drumshanbos Leo Logan captured the Connacht 40×20 Junior B title on Saturday when he over came the challenge of Roscommons Gordon Nolan on a score line of 21-16, 21-19. As the score suggests the games were very tight with Leos fitness and strength coming to the fore, to edge out two very tough games. The final which was played in Collooney was top class with all the skills of handball on display. Logan had to fight hard to come from behind at the start of both games, but when he pulled ahead he never let Nolan regain the lead in either match, With the first game under his belt, Leo had the composure to see off Nolans strong challenge in the second game, losing serve at 20-19, and, holding his nerve, he regained serve and finished off the game to claim the title. He now faces Leinster opposition in the All-Ireland semi-final in two weeks time. Collooney Handball Club streamed the final live on Facebook and the game can be viewed on the Sligo Handball Facebook page.
Connacht Cuman na mBunscoil Finals
St Patricks NS Drumshanbo had three pupils taking part in the Connacht Finals played in Moycullen Co. Galway on Sunday. Sean McGarry played in the Boys U11 Singles, and Karl Foley and Aidan Dowler were runners up in the Boys U13 Doubles.
Connacht 40×20 Juvenile Championship
Fenaghs Cormac Scollan takes onÓgalways Aaron McDonagh in Moycullen this evening at 8pm in the Boys U15 Connacht Final.
Leitrim Juvenile 40×20 B Finals
The Leitrim Juvenile B Finals will take place this Sunday in Drumshanbo at 4pm



20-Feb-17 by Niall Scollan – Leitrim Handball




14-Feb-17 by Niall Scollan – Leitrim Handball

All-Ireland Colleges 60×30 Finals

The All-Ireland Colleges semi-finals and finals were played on Saturday in Wexford venues with Cormac Scollan (Ballinamore Community School) in action in the Boys Junior competition. He took on Billy Drennan (Kilkenny CBS) in the semi final  suffering a heavy defeat 15-2,15-6 to the overall winner. 




07-Nov-16 by Niall Scollan – Leitrim Handball

Connacht U14 60×30 Title for Leitrim 
Cormac Scollan secured his first Connacht 60×30 title with a stunning performance in a top quality final played in Roscommon on Saturday, where he overcame the challenge of Sligos Connor Finn, winning on a score line of 10-15, 15-9, 15-3. In a match that was played at a high tempo with a demonstration of all the skills of handball it was an absorbing game for all the neutrals present. In the first game Connor Finn got off to a strong start with a serve that the Fenagh lad got hard to get to grips with in the early stages and went on to win the game 15-10. The second game was a must win one for Scollan and with a combination of good serving and passing shots, he won some key rallies and took the game 15-9. With the momentum from the second game with him Scollan made maximum use of his dominance and gave a top class display of serve and kill shots and went on to take the game 15-3. On his route to the final he defeated Mayos Lorcan Conlon in the semi-final on a score line of 15-4, 15-13. He is now through to his first All-Ireland semi-final which will be played on October 2nd against Ulster opposition in a Connacht venue.



19-Sep-16 by Niall Scollan – Leitrim Handball

Connacht 60×30 Championship
Action in the Connacht 60×30 Championship continued at the week-end with the Singles Championship at semi-final stage. There were five Leitrim Handballers in action: Martin Raftery (Intermediate), Leo Logan (Junior), Joel Smith (Junior B), Barry McDonagh (Junior C) and Ed Lee (Emerald Masters). Despite playing some top class handball none of Leitrims finest progressed to the finals. The Intermediate semi-final was played on Friday night in Williamstown between Drumshanbos Martin Raftery and Ollie Conway (Williamstown). This was Rafterys first time to play in the Intermediate Championship and he took the game to the experienced Conway, losing the first game 21-17, taking the second with a comprehensive win 21-9, but narrowly lost the tie break 21-18. In the Junior semi-final Leo Logan came up against a stronger Denis Creighton (Roscommon) in Roscommon on Saturday losing on a score line of 21-15, 21-14. The Junior B semi-final was played in Collooney between Joel Smith and Jason Earlis with the Sligo man taking the game 21-11, 21-15. In Junior C Barry McDonagh took on Mayos Aidan Connachton in Castlebar where he was defeated on a score line of 21-8, 21-10. To round off a disappointing week-end for Leitrims handballers Ed Lee was defeated in the Emerald Masters semi-final by Michael Hearty (Mayo), after taking the match to a tie break losing the first game 21-8, winning the second one 21-18, he lost the tie break 21-12.
The 60×30 Doubles semi-finals are fixed for this week-end with Leitrim having home advantage. The Intermediate pairing of Martin Rafery and Donal Wrynn, and Minor pairing of Jarlath Scollan and Alan Wrynne play in Fenagh on Sunday with a start time of 3.00pm where they face Galway opposition.



16-Aug-16 by Niall Scollan – Leitrim Handball