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Leitrim Handball news

Leitrim Handball news

Ladies 40x20 Final: Mary Shanley successfully defended her county title against a very strong challenge from Fenagh’s Ciara McLoughlin in the Ladies 40x20 Final played on Friday on a scoreline of 21-12, 21-10. In a very entertaining final with some great rallies Mary dominated both games putting an end to Ciara’s challenge.

Williamstown One Wall Tournament: The Williamstown One Wall Tournament takes place this week-end with compeditors from Fenagh Handball Club taking part.

All-Ireland 60x30 Club Team Championship: Fenagh Handball Club are entering a Junior Team in the 60x30 Club Championship having lifted the 40x20 Junior Title in 2011. The team is made up of  Jamie Murray, Donal Wrynn, Ed Lee, Martin Raftery and Leo Logan and they are in action on June 8-10.

Fenagh Development: Fenagh Handball Club are planning to develop a 40x20 alley along side their 60x30 facility if they secure funding under The Sports Capital Program which would complete a state of the art complex.

Leitrim Titles For Martin and Aaron: The Leitrim Mens 40x20 Singles Senior and Junior Finals were played in Drumshanbo on Sunday with Martin Raftery taking the senior title and Aaron Scollan winning the Junior Final.

Drumshanbo’s Martin Raftery saw off the challenge of Fenagh’s Danny Reilly on a score line of 21-9, 21-10 with the in-form Raftery giving a master class in serving and killing the ball keeping Reilly under immense pressure and unable to take control of either game.

The Junior Final was a different encounter between Drumshanbo’s Declan Lynch and Fenagh’s Aaron Scollan with excellent serving and returning from both players. The first game had Declan Lynch in control with some brilliant power serves that Scollan simply couldn’t counter.

With some great rallies a very entertaining first game was taken by Declan Lynch 21-14. Aaron Scollan had serve for the second game which he made great use of racing into a 6-0 lead and went on to take the game 21-2. With the match gone to the tie-breaker Scollan again had serve having scored more aces and started where he left off going 10 aces ahead before going on to take the game and match 21-5.

Carrick-on-Shannon AC

We had an extremely busy week with a Connacht Finals and two County Finals in the last seven days. We had four qualifiers for the All-Ireland Schools at last Thursday’s Connacht Finals in Athlone with David Bruen showing real killer instinct to win the Inter Steeplechase, coming from 4th place at the water-jump to win his first ever Connacht individual title, a great reward for a very dedicated young man.

Eanna Madden won two silvers in the Senior 200m & 400m, running an impressive 22.3 in the 200m and 51.3 in the 400m, while Cathal McElgunn smashed both his pbs in the Inter 200m & 400m, running 23.7 and 53.7, taking 2nd in the 400m and 4th in the 200m. Daire Farrell found the going tough in the Senior 800m but made a brave effort before finishing 2nd.

In the Minor events, which do not go to All-Irelands, Stephen McDermott finished 2nd in the High Jump, clearing 1.50m, while Elise Bruen ran a great race to take 2nd in the 200m and then 5th in the 800m. Callum Whelan didn’t produce his best in the Junior javelin but will learn much from the experience and looks in good form for the Summer.

On Wednesday, May 16, we hosted the Leitrim U-9, 10 & 11 Team competition and we had a lot of qualifiers for the Western Region championships in Galway on Saturday, June 9. Thanks to everyone who helped out on the evening and the following are our medalists:

Girls: U-9: 60m & Long Jump: 1st Marie McGrenaghan & Olwyn Moore; U-10: 60m: 1st Emma O’Connell & Johanna Dietz, Long Jump: 1st Johanna Dietz & Emma O’Connell, 2nd Aine McGwynne & Niamh Morahan. U-11: 60m: 3rd Tarah Graham & Caoimhe McGarry; Ball Throw: 1st Leah Murtagh & Tarah Graham; 2nd Caoimhe McGarry & Jodie O’Boyle, Long Jump:2nd Leah Murtagh & Jodi O’Boyle.

Boys: U-9: 60m: 1st Patrick Charles & Jack Casey, 3rd Andrew Shanahan & James Mullaney; 300m: 1st Alex O’Boyle & Joe Lowe; Long Jump: 1st Patrick Charles & Alex O’Boyle, 3. Jack Casey & Joe Lowe; U-10: 60m: 2nd Oliver Charles & Sean Brennan, Long Jump: 1st Jack Keeneghan & Oliver Charles; Ball Throw: 1st Sean Brennan & Jack Keeneghan; U-11: 60m: 2nd Shane Rynn & Oisin Carney (Carrick), Long Jump: 1st Cian Singleton & Oisin Kearney, 2nd Shane Rynn & Max Kosprovics; Ball Throw: 1st Cian Singleton & Max Kosprovics.

On Sunday, we headed to Manorhamilton for the County Community Games Finals with club members competing for Carrick & Drumshanbo areas. Well done to everyone who qualified and the following are our medalists from the day:

Girls: U-10: 100m: 2. Caoimhe McGarry; 200m: 1. Emma O’Connell, 2. Johanna Dietz; 60m Hurdles: 1. Aine Gwynne; U-12: 100m: 3. Roisin McGrenaghan; Ball Throw: 12. Ciara McCabe; U-14: 100m: 1. Dara Morahan; 800m: 2. Elise Bruen; Long Jump: 1. Kasey Bruen

Boys: U8: 60m: 3 Dhani Keane; 80m: 3. Gerard Murtagh; U-10: 100m: 2. Oisin Kearney; Hurdles: 2. Alex O’Boyle; U12: 100m: 1. Mark Diffley; 600m: 1. Jack Flynn, 3. David O’Connell; U14: Long Jump: 1. Tom McCabe; U16: 100m: Blake Walsh; Marathon: 1. David Bruen, 3. Narada Patrasco, Javelin: 1. Callum Whelan.

We had no luck in the relays but special thanks to Niall Morahan for trying his heart out despite his injury after members of the team failed to turn up, it was a very brave effort that fell just short.

Next Tuesday, May 29, will be the last training session of the year for all those who have not qualified for Community Games or Western Region Track & Field events. Thanks to everyone for attending and we look forward to seeing you all in the Summer. All those who have qualified will be notified about training.

Leitrim’s Women’s 5k race

Leitrim Sports Partnership in association with Leitrim’s County Athletics Board have organised a women’s 5k run/walk/jog in Ballinamore on Sunday, May 27, at 2 pm. This will be the first inaugural Leitrim’s Women’s 5k Open race to be held in Leitrim and we are expecting 300 women from all over the county to take part in this exciting event.

The event was the brainchild of the Leitrim Athletic County Board in 2011 and enthusiastically taken up by Leitrim Sports Partnership and funded by the Irish Sports Council.

This inaugural event will attract women walkers, runners and joggers, the objective of this event is to create a fun day, for mothers, daughters, sisters and friends. Leitrim Sports Partnership will be encouraging all women in Leitrim to get out, get fit, have fun and each others company at this fantastic event

The 5k race is open to serious athletes, fun runners and walkers. It can act as a major fundraiser for charities especially local charities. “It is hoped that Leitrim’s Women 5k Open Race will become a major event in Leitrim Sports Partnerships and the Leitrim Athletics County Board calendar of events in to the future.

Entrants must be over 16 years of age and for further information, please contact the Leitrim Sports Partnership on 071 9650498 or email or for online The entry fee is €10 per person.