The MULLINS ENGINEERING Williamstown One Wall Men’s Open title is safely back in Armagh with young protégé Conall McCavitt taking the title from James Doyle (also Armagh) in a three game thriller in Williamstown. In the searing heat of Williamstown over the weekend, the two finalists fought long and hard to reach the final with McCavitt turning over Peter Daveron, Paul Fitzpatrick and Vinny Moran en route to the final while Doyle beat Ian McLoughlin and local man Ollie Conway to gain his place in the decider. With the temperature rising both on and off the court the final started with great intensity and McCavitt was fast out of the blocks taking the first point with a fine kill. However as the progressed Doyle came back into the fray and slowed the game down to a pace which had McCavitt a bit perplexed. This seemed to work for Doyle who went onto take the first game on 15/12 score-line. In the second game McCavitt took control early on and with his speed and agility dominated the play and went 8 points to 4 up after some long and bruising rallies. He didn’t relinquish his advantage and fired home some great kill shots to take the second game 15/3. The third game started with some tense exchanges and no quarter was given from either side. Some excellent block shots from both players gained each some crucial points and with the scores locked at 4/4, it was finely hanging in the balance. However McCavitt’s youth and fitness showed in the final rallies of the third game and with some fine rallies going in favour of the youngster, he closed out the competition in fine style on a score-line of 15/7 to take the Mullin’s Engineering Men’s Open title for 2012. “It was a tough game for me today, it was also my first open final placing and to win it is a dream come true for me” said the young man from Armagh.
In the E.M.P. FURNITURE Ladies Open final Cianna Ni Churraoin (Galway) was matched up with Pauline Gallagher (Mayo). On her way to the final Cianna beat Amy Corrigan by 2 points in a cracking opening game and then defeated Roscommon’s Deirdre Donohoe in another close encounter. Pauline played Hillary Rushe in her semi-final and overcame the Roscommon native in another tight game. The final took place on Sunday at 12pm. The high noon clash lived up to expectation and a each player looked to be in with a chance in the early stages of the game. However with the score tied at 4/4 Cianna began to up the tempo and soon was 9/4 in front. Pauline took a time out to try and halt the young gun from Indreabhán but to no avail as Cianna pushed on to win 15/9. The second game was much the same with some tough rallies between the two in the opening stages. However with Pauline under increasing pressure during the rallies, her handling errors increased and Cianna took full advantage of this to kill off the game 15/4 and take the E.M.P. FURNITURE Ladies Open for 2012.
In the TARMEY’S TAVERN Masters grade David King from the Borris club in Carlow took the title after a fine performance against Seán McNally from Co. Down. In the opening game King showed just why he is a former open national champion with some excellent rallying shots and finishes against another great player in Seán McNally. However McNally wasn’t going to let the Carlow man have it all his own way and he rallied hard and killed some fine shots himself.
In the end King had too much class for the Co. Down player and he took the TARMEY’S TAVERN Masters title back to Borris for 2012.
The Keith Hevican, Consulting Engineer, Building, Planning and Engineering Services Men’s B title stayed in Williamstown for 2012 when Declan Connaughton put in a fine performance to take the title against a valiant Nevan McCartan in a close affair. The first game went Connaughtons way after a series of long, tiring rallies and some excellent diving ‘gets’ saw the Williamstown man’s tally build up and eventually took the first game 15/10. In the second game Connaughton seemed to tire a little but Nevan couldn’t seem to find his kill shot and let some potentially point winning shots hit the outside of the court. The Williamstown man took advantage of this and began to find another gear and eventually ran out a 15/12 winner in a game played in an excellent sporting manner with all the excitement of a cup final thrown in for good measure.
In the DG ROOFING Girl’s U16 event local player Mary Fahy took on Leixlip’s Áine O’Keefe in the final on Sunday morning. Mary took a commanding lead in the first game and never looked back taking the game 15/5. In the second game Mary struggled to find the form she had shown in the first game and lost out narrowly in the second game by 15 points to 12. The third game started as the second finished with Áine seemingly flawless in her approach, taking a 3/0 lead early on. Mary changed her serve and began to use her power to pass the lillywhite down her weaker left hand side and by doing so took a commanding lead at 14/4. Áine managed to get one more point before Mary finished off the match with an impressive 15/5 scoreline.
In the Mullin’s Engineering Men’s Open event, Conall McCavitt from Armagh managed to topple James Doyle also from Armagh to take the open crown for 2012 on a score line of 12/15, 15/3, 15/7.
In the E.M.P. FURNITURE Ladies Open Cianna Ní Churraoin from Indreabhán took the title by defeating Pauline Gallagher from Mayo 15/9, 15/4.
In the Morgan’s Bar Men’s C grade Cormac McMahon from Cavan defeated Mark McCartan from Tyrone 15/0,15/3.
In the Raftery’s Oakland Hotel Ladies B competition Karen Lawlor from Ó Raghailligh’s in Drogheda over came Siobhán Tully from St. Coman’s on a scoreline of 30 points to 6
In the David Burke Electrical Services Men’s Challenger competition John Fitzgerald from Kilkenny overcame Ballyporeen’s Anthony Crotty on a score-line of 15/12, 15/10.
In the Glenamddy Credit Union Ladies Challenger competition Ellen O’Connor form Leixlip defeated Jacqueline Hanley from Mount Talbot 30 points to 6.
In the Correlea Court Hotel Boy’s U18 event Jason Cahill from Ballyporeen defeated Moycullen’s Conor Noone on a score line of 31 points to 11.
In the Burke Motors Boy’s U16 event, Niall Allison from Tyrone took the title in the match of the tournament as he defeated Niall Joyce on a score line of 15/13, 13/15, 15/13.
In the Sparky’s Discount Stores Girl’s U14 event Eimear Ní Bhiadha defeated Tyrone’s Elisha McCrory on a score line of 23 points to 10.
In the Boy’s U14 event the defending champion Seán Kerr retained his title after a hard fought battle with Ballyporeen’s Jason English on a score line of 15/13, 13/15, 15/7.
In the Girl’s U12 event Niamh Masterson took the title beating Michaela McCartan 21/13.
Williamstown Handball Club would like to thank all our sponsors for their generosity and without them it would be very difficult to run a successful tournament. The club would also like to say a huge thank you to all the parents who helped out in so many ways, especially in the kitchen preparing food for the players, spectators and referees. All roads now lead to Mount Talbot on the 24th June when the next big one wall tournament will take place.
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