Leitrim’s two newest sporting stars arrived home in Fenagh to a rapturous reception last Monday night after Jarlath Scollan and Alan Wrynne claimed gold in the “13 & Under” One Wall Finals at the World Handball Championships in the Citywest Arena Dublin.
A huge crowd turned out to welcome and honour the county’s youngest sports stars with the handball community of the county being joined by Leitrim GAA County Board Chairman Joe Flynn and Connacht Handball Board President Peter Heaney as Aaron & Jarlath paraded in an open top truck from St. Caillin’s National School to the village.
The Fenagh pair claimed their gold medals over Tyrone partnership of Munroe and Canavan on a score-line of 15-6, 15-6 on Sunday.
And for Jarlath Scollan, it was almost two gold medals as he contested the Singles Final against William Cassart of Belgium who defeated the Fenagh lad in a tie-break after an exciting and gruelling encounter, leaving Jarlath with a silver medal.
Indeed, it could have been an epic weekend for the two lads as Alan Wrynne was defeated in the semi-final by Cassart after a great performance in the competition.
The World Championship victory follows on the triumph of Donal Wrynne in the U-17 One Wall Championships two years ago, emphasising the high quality of both Fenagh and Leitrim Handball.
Coached by the team of Jamie Murray and Peter Heaney, the success of the Fenagh pair had unintended consequences for the Fenagh St. Caillin’s as both were unable to line out in last Sunday’s U-16 Championship Final against Glencar/Manorhamilton, a fact that displeased the Fenagh management as their request for a postponement was denied, leaving them with the bare 13 players for Sunday’s Final.
Handballers from more than thirty countries competed over the past ten days in the Citywest arena, the highlight of which was undoubtedly Paul Brady’s famous victory over Luis Mereno, claiming his fourth consecutive world title.
The Fenagh clubmen competed against 20 other doubles pairings to take the title. Being fourth seed in the competition, they got a bye in the first round. They started their campaign with a tiebreak victory over the Leixlip pairing of Cribben and Tobin. The third round involved them in another tiebreak match against Cuddy and Clarke from Tyrone.
Galway’s pairing of Mulkerrins and O’Conghaile proved no match for them in the semi-final. Their performance throughout the competition was determined and focused and despite the fact they were competing in the singles in parallel with the doubles they still found the energy and composure the win the world title.
The pair arrived home to Fenagh to a rousing reception befitting world champions. A full list of results from the Leitrim competitor will be published next week.