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Wexford Winter Handball League

As the World handball championships draws ever closer, the Wexford winter handball league is certainly providing vital game time to all players from the south east corner of Ireland as players from Wexford, Wicklow, Laois, Kilkenny and Laois battle it out for honours across a vast amount of divisions.

In the premier division Group one is headed by Tommy Hynes who picked up his second win of the tournament last week when the St Mary’s man beat Keith Kavanagh 2-0 last week to move to six points. Gavin Buggy and Johnny Willoughby are tied in second on 3 points each after Willoughby from Coolboy beat John Ryan from Garryhill last week 2-0.

In group two of the premier division Peter Funchion sits on top of the pile on six points thanks to a 2-0 win over pat O’Donnell from Arklow last week.


Peter Hughes from Ballyhogue is the top man in Division one with ten points in the bag while closely following him is Daniel Fenlon from Garryhill who has eight points with two wins this week for the Carlow man, as he beat Galeon Riordan from Ballyhogue and also beat Darren O’Toole from Coolgraney. Galeon Riordan is keeping in touch in joint fourth in division 1 with a 2-0 win over John Rossiter from Garryhill last week.


Brendan Burke from Kells in Kilkenny heads the way in division 2 , his 2-0 win last week over James Bergin from St Martin’s was among his best yet in this division. Closely following him on eight points is Barry McWilliams from Horeswood who was a 2-1 winner over Ollie Ryan from Garryhill last week.


Division 3 is looking like be the hardest to predict after another week of results that see Tony Breen still heading the pack, as the Templeudigan man overcame his club mate Noel Holohan 2-1 last week to sit with eight points. In hot pursuit are both Thomas Lennon and Pechelli English on five points each, as Tomas Lennon (Monavea) was a 2-0 winner over Anthony Martin (Kells ) last week , English did lose some ground last week however as he was beaten 2-0 by Ned Kealy from Arklow. Mick Armstrong (Davidstown) kept in touch in this division also last week as he overcame Johnny Brennan from Mothel 2-1.


Jim Berry (Barntown) moved clear on his own at the top of division four last week as he got a 2-1 win over Paddy Haughton from St Mary’s, David Redmond slipped back into joint second last week as he was beaten 2-1 by Diarmuid Burke from Kells, while, Paul Dowling from Mothel his first win of the division by beating Tom Connors (Barntown) 2-0.


Wins for Damien Kelly (Coolgraney) and John Roche (Castlebridge) see both players joint top of division five after the third week of play. Roche was a 2-0 winner over Michael O’Neill from Templeudigan; meanwhile Kelly packed too much punch for Andrew Dowling from Monavea also in a 2-0 win. Jim Doyle keeps in touch in this division also as the Barntown man had a 2-1 win over Sean Stanners from St Martin’s last week.


Division six has a trio of players tied for the top spot with Donal Doyle (St Martin’s) Frank Maddock (St Martin’s)and Fergal McWilliams (Horeswood) all setting the pace on eight points each  and Peter McGrath from Coolgraney is closing following on seven points in the fourth qualification position of Division 6.


The table in Division 7 sees Eoin Leacy (St Joseph’s) on top with full nine points after beating Phil Coleman from Ballymitty 2-0 last week, also Robert Byrne (Bridgetown) and Eugene English (Ballyhogue) have 7 points each with both winning last week as English beat Eammon Purcell from Windgap and Byrne beat Ned Connors from Coolgraney 2-1.


Kevin Barrett from Tinryland leads the way in Division 8 on a total of nine points after another fine win last week this time Kevin Doyle (Davidstown) was his victim. There is a chasing pack of three players on five points each as Tommy Armstrong (Kilmyshall), Sean Flood (St Joseph’s) and Dom Stafford (Davidstown) are all in pursuit of the Carlow man.


Sean O’Neill from Templeudigan leads the way in Division 9 with twelve points from four games, while Billy Rossiter got his first points of the campaign last week when he beat John Moran from Ballymitty by two games to one.


Division 10 has a Davidstown man in charge with nine points, as Tom O’Shea put together another 2-0 win last week over Bryan Kehoe from Castlebridge, mean while Dermot Flynn (Templeudigan) kept pace with six points following a 2-0 win over Kevin Rossiter from Garryhill.


In the ladies Division one Holly Hynes sprung a huge win over her club mate Marguerite Gore last week as the all St Mary’s clash went the way of Hynes on a 2-1 score line, while Amanda Kelly from Templeudigan is now on six points in this group as she defeated her Templeudigan club mate Ann Boland last week on a 2-0 score line.


Winter handball League Results


Division 11

Stephen Murphy Castlebridge beat Richard Flynn Templeudigan 2-1

Steve Doyle Tinryland beat Pat Leacy St Joseph’s 2-0

Noel Sinnott St Martin’s beat Richard Ryan Horeswood 2-0


Division 12

Eammon Bowe Davidstown beat PJ Leacy St Joseph’s 2-0

Padraig Roberts Kilmyshall beat Miley Byrne Ballymitty 2-0

Declan Jordan Coolboy beat Joey Curtis Tinryland 2-0


Division 13

Tom Rossiter Castlebridge beat Andrew Corish Horeswood 2-1

Brian Busher Bridgetown beat Sean Doyle Arklow 2-1


Division 14

Tom Dempsey Ballyhogue beat Geoffrey Atkinson Tinryland 2-1


Division 15

Tom Byrne Kilmyshall beat Barry Byrne Ballymitty 2-1

Walter Lawlor Castlebridge beat Mickey Joe O’Connor Templeudigan 2-1


Division 16

Gavin Goggins St Mary’s beat Francis Fortune Oulart 2-0


Division 17

Jason Kehoe St Joseph’s beat Stephen Roche St Martin’s 2-0


Division 19

Timmy Farrell Kilmyshall beat Joe O’Connor St Martin’s 2-0