COISTE NÁISIÚNTA NEWS
All that is good about GAA Handball was in evidence in Kingscourt Handball Club, Cavan on Saturday, where numerous young families travelled from all corners of the country to compete in the Boys National Cumann na mBunscol Day.
From Galway to Wexford, from Tyrone to Kerry, young stars of the future, having won their way through their Provincial Championships, got the chance to represent their Provinces, and compete against top players in singles and doubles across the U11 & U13 grades. What was clear from the abundance of matches throughout the day is that the future is bright for GAA Handball, with the standard of play increasing year on year. Boys, some as young as 8 -9 years of age displayed skill levels beyond their years, which clearly highlights the hours upon hours of volunteer coaching and effort that is taking place nationwide is paying dividends.
An additional treat was on offer for all the young enthusiasts in the form of two top class Men’s All-Ireland Open QF’s, with the top two players in Ireland on court. Robbie McCarthy of Westmeath had to pull out all the stops to withstand a gutsy challenge from Meath’s Brian Carroll, winning in a tiebreaker, whilst arguably the games best ever player Paul Brady putting in a mesmerizing display to defeat Antrim’s Owen McKenna.
GAA Handball would like to thank the numerous parents, coaches, volunteers and referees for their priceless help on the day, and for their effort in bringing the children to the event. But most importantly we would like to congratulate all the players for their excellent performances whilst representing their Provinces.
The Girls National Cumann na mBunscol Day will take place on Saturday March 23rd in Kingscourt as part of the build up to the Minor and Open Ladies Singles Finals. Further information is to be released in the coming weeks.