Master class secures National title for Hynes, Alley Chat

Alley chat week ending 16th November 2014



Master class secures National title for Hynes 

A magnificent performance from Tommy Hynes saw him win the Masters A Singles (40 & over) title at the GAA Handball 40×20 Nationals played at Garryhill during the week. Although it is not his favourite code the St. Mary’s 60×30 stalwart adapted his game to the needs of the occasion to see off the challenge of Ciaran O’Hare, Antrim 21-4, 21-4 before defeating the John Ryan, Carlow 21-11, 21-16 in an entertaining finalA Tommy Hynes

Hynes’s strong preference for the ‘big’ alley is well documented but when he decides to apply himself to the task of doing well in the smaller court he shows time and time again that he has the weapons to get the job done. Yesterday was no different!

John Ryan has been one of the top overage players in the country since he turned 40 and his terrific level of fitness is augmented by a great pair of hands and a high level of mobility. But even these attributes were rendered redundant when Hynes unleashed bullet-like serves and shots at various stages of the final.  And indeed he needed these when the ‘home’ player took a decisive lead in the second game but just when it appeared a tie break could be in the offing, Hynes pulled out six or seven ‘gems’ to save the day and bring the title back to Wexford.

Another magnificent display from a player who has served his club and county with distinction for a great many years.



Insatiable appetite for information as 40,000 view our website

The popularity of our website  continues to grow, driven by an insatiable appetite for information on what is happening in and around the handball world. Less than four months after we launched back in July, the 40.000 viewer mark was passed and this followed another new daily record of 750 set on Sunday last.

The figures have been growing at an astounding rate since the launch with monthly increases as follows;

July 4949 (161), August 6989 (201), September 9458 (315) and October 13297 (429). Average daily viewing figures in the same period are shown in brackets. So far in November the average daily viewing figures are running at 477.

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