The Hynes family from St. Mary’s Handball Club in Wexford town were celebrating in style on Friday night last when 14 year old Holly was announced as the Handballer of the Year at the annual Glen Fuels GAA Player of the Year Awards at the Talbot Hotel, Wexford. In a unique triumph for the well known handball family, Holly had to beat off the challenge of not only her brother Todd and father Tommy who were also nominated for the award, but also Gavin Buggy and Galen Riordan, two of the top players in the county.
By any standards 2013 was a terrific year for Holly as she totally dominated the county and Leinster championship in both 40×20 and 60×30 courts. She won the provincial premier under 14 singles in both codes and while she was beaten in the All Ireland final in each, she had the consolation of knowing she is right up there close to the top of what is an extremely competitive age group. Holly also enjoyed a fruitful season on the home front as she won under 14 singles in the 40×20 and 60×30 and for good measure partnered Marguerite Gore to success in the county junior doubles in each court.
It has come as no surprise that Holly has managed to achieve success in this highly competitive sport as her dad Tommy is one of the best players to have ever played the game in Wexford and has tasted success at the highest level by winning the All Ireland senior doubles title.
County Juvenile Finals Postponed
The eagerly awaited county juvenile finals scheduled for St. Josephs Handball Centre on Sunday last were postponed at the blast minute when it emerged that many of the clubs involved had failed to observe the national deadline for registration. This meant that players were not covered by the Player Injury Scheme and left the Executive of the Board with no option but to call off the entire programme of events. It will now take place on Sunday next at the same place and time.