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Success for McMorrow & McGarry in Connacht handball final

On the last weekend in the Connacht handball 40 x 20 championships Sligo finally won a provincial title, writes Michael McGee

Sligo handballers finally won a Connacht handball title as last Saturday in Lisacul the County’s Emerald Masters B doubles pairing of Michael McMorrow & Hugh McGarry overcame Mayo’s Columba O’Halloran & Peter Ferrick in a tense final. It took a supreme effort from the Sligo men after losing the opening game by 21-13 15-10 down in the second. After taking a time out McMorrow & McGarry stormed back into contention with some excellent passages of play and with a gritty display drew level at 15-15. Mayo took the lead again but it was shortlived as the momentum was with Sligo. McMorrow & McGarry rallied again and this time the duo hit the remaining six points to bring the Connacht final to a tie breaker. The St. Mary’s/ Collooney combination weathered the storm and began to play some stunning handball in the final game. McMorrow & McGarry racked up scores quickly as Mayo’s early challenge fell away. In the end the Sligo men raced away to record a runaway victory by 21-8. McMorrow & McGarry will now face Leinster champions in Carlow’s Eamon Sunderland & Mick Doyle in two weeks time

Sligo prospects of a second Connacht doubles title was dashed with the Golden Masters A doubles of Francis McCann & Martin Golden losing out to Roscommon’s Ger Walsh & Dermot Doolin by 15-21, 15-21

Connacht handball 40 x 20 championships finals

Emerald Masters B doubles: Mick McMorrow & Hugh McGarry dft Columba O’ Halloran & Peter Ferrick (Mayo) 13-21, 21-16, 21-8.

Golden Masters A doubles: Francis McCann & Martin Golden (Sligo) lost to Ger Walsh & Dermot Doolin 15-21, 15-21.

Junior C doubles: Gerry Coleman & Michael Bruen lost to Vinnny McLoughlin& Sean Sweeney (Mayo) 13-21, 13-21

Connacht Juvenile A 40 x 20 championships semi-finals
Girls U-14 singles: Mary Foody (Sligo) lost to Adrianne Mullen (Galway) 10-15, 7-15
Boys U-17 singles: Patrick Fox (Sligo) lost to John Lalor (Galway) 14-21, 9-21.

Many thanks,
Michael McGee
Sligo GAA Handball PRO

087 7703432

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