On Sunday last the attendance were treated to a marathon of handball in Ballyshannon for the Edward Guilfoyle Memorial Tournament.
The handball alley at the Mall was the venue for the semi-finals and finals and there was a feast of hand ball over four hours.
The eight players who had qualified for the final day’s competition saw Jimmy Gormley and Barry Mulhern take on Michael Temple and Jessy McCormick in the first semi-final. In a hard fought game the first game was won by Temple and McCormick 21-7. However, at the start of the second frame Gormley and Mulhern came on strong but with a good finish Temple and McCormick ended the frame winning by 21-12 to take book their place in the final.
The second semi-final was between Eugene Kelly and David Dolan against Joe Devanney and Seamie Granaghan. Kelly and Dolan got off to a flying start winning the first frame 21-7. In the second frame Devanney and Granaghan made a strong comeback winning 21-13. In the third frame, there were very competitive shots from both sides. In the end Devanney and Granaghan found their way to final on a score of 21-10.
In the final there was a strong focus on the team of McCormick and Temple with the latter having a very strong root shot, a skilful part of the game. The first frame started well for both sides but it was Temple and McCormick who took it 21-7.
In the second frame the tempo was raised with Devanney and Granaghan coming back to win 21-7.
The deciding frame was close but in the end Temple and McCormick were winners by 21-9.
The trophies were sponsored by Joe Guilfoyle and were presented by his nephew, Michael Flynn.
On behalf of the Handball Committee, Robert Lawn thanked all who attended on the day; Joe Guilfoyle for sponsoring the trophies; referee Jim Downey; Denis McGuinness for organising the tournament and he also congratulated the winning team for a fine display of handball.
Mr Lawn urged more people to get involved in handball, especially the young people of the town.
The organiser of the tournament, Denis McGuinness, thanked all 16 players who took part in this yaer’s tournament.
“The standard of handball has improved greatly since 2010 but we have lost as many as 12 players in that time to emigration and injury.
“We would like to see new plaeyrs, especially young players coming to the Mall court as we have a Junior Alley there now for them to learn the game,” said Mr. McGuinness.
The next tournament at the Alley will be the Joe Guilfoyle Perpetual competition will take place in August in September. The heats will will take place in August with the finals at the Harvest Fair weekend in the town in September.
Entries for that competition can be taken at any time and anyone wishing to take part or who wants any information on handball in Ballyshannon should contact Denis McGuinness 086 4016491.