Plenty of exciting handball action in store over the weekend with All Ireland Adult Softball Semi-Finals, mostly on Saturday, followed by the Feile Softball event on Sunday, which is being held in Wexford.
All Ireland Adult Softball Semi-Finals
St Marys is the place to be on Saturday afternoon, with three All Ireland Final places up for grabs. There has been a late postponement of the other game scheduled, the EMBS Semi-Final. The National CCCC postponed it as they decided to allow James Mythen to fulfil the fixture on his return from holidays. Ray Wickham was down to play tomorrow so he now loses out.
The three players at home are Noel Holohan (Templeudigan) O35B, James Stanners (St. Martins) Masters B, and Tommy Hynes (St Marys) Silver Masters A. The first game, O35B, is on at 1pm, followed by the Masters B Semi-Final. The Silver Masters A game involving Tommy Hynes will now start at 3.30pm, following the postponement.
Our three players with away games are Cora Doyle (St Josephs), Ladies Junior B, Barry Goff (Castlebridge), Masters A and Gavin Buggy (St Marys), O35A. On Saturday Cora travels to Limerick, while Barry has a Tipperary opponent. As Gavin won his Senior Singles Semi-Final against Gary McConnell (Meath) last Saturday, his O35A semi final is now going ahead on Sunday at 1pm in Ballina, Co. Tipperary.
Full Fixture List can be viewed using the following link All Ireland Weekend 1 (Singles) Semi-Final – Fixtures UPDATED 23 August
Feile Softball Event at Five Wexford Venues
Following on from our successful holding of the Irish Softball Nationals last month, the focus turns to the Feile Softball event which takes place this Sunday in the following venues, Castlebridge, St Marys, Taghmon, Ballymitty and Coolgreany. There are three Boys Divisions this year, Division 1 in Taghmon, Division 2 in Coolgreany, with Division 3 being held in Ballymitty. The Girls Division is divided into two Groups, one in St. Marys, the other in Castlebridge where the Finals will be played. Taghmon, Coolgreany and Ballymitty venues have 9.30pm starts, while Castlebridge and St Marys start at 10pm.
Wexford have seven Boys teams taking part, Taghmon (Division 1), St Marys, Castlebridge & Coolgreany (Division 2) and Ballymitty, St. Josephs & Templeudigan (Division 3).
Besides the handball matches, there are skills competitions at all the venues for one designated player from each club. It promises to be a great days action with teams coming from all four provinces. Skills competition in Taghmon, Coolgreany and Ballymitty are scheduled for 5pm, while St Marys skills starts at 11am, with Castlebridge at 1pm. Best of luck to all!!!
For full fixture list, please click on the following link Softball Féile Fixtures
County Softball Finals
In Ballymitty on Saturday evening there are two more County Finals on, the Womens Junior C Doubles Final at 5.45pm is an all Ballymitty affair, April Moran/Becky O’Neill (BAM) v Danielle Kinsella/Emily Moran (BAM), while the Golden Masters A Singles Final at 7.15pm is between Mick Armstrong (KIL) and Phil Coleman (BAM). At 6.30pm, between the two finals, is the O35 Doubles Round Robin clash of JR Finn/Seamie O’Neill (BAM) and James Nolan/Thomas Murphy (KIL).