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One Wall Nationals 2012 - By Seán Fallon

posted Jul 12, 2012, 7:45 AM by Saval Gac
 Last weekend Citywest Sports Arena hosted one of Ireland’s most prestigious handball events, the one wall nationals. Saval was very well represented, 12 people from the club travelled and competed. For a number of them it was a first including Colm Turley, Peter McSherry and Barry Havern. Other competitors were Brian Havern, Lorraine Havern, Richard McNally, Seán Digney, Pat Havern, Seán Fallon, Michael Havern, Seamus and Sinead Havern. Everyone who played got at least two games.

We got the chance to experience a great all Saval encounter which saw Brian Havern face Peter McSherry in the Emerald Masters semi-final. It was edge of the seat stuff with both playing brilliantly, the game ending 14-14, Brian eventually went on to win the match and he became the outright winner by beating Monaghan’s Peter Larkin in the final, a game in which Brian played excellent, demonstrating a lot of different variations of serves.

Saval also saw Lorraine Havern regaining her title from two years ago by beating Antrim’s Fiona Shannon in the ladies open final.

Seán Digney reached the semi-final of the men’s C and was unlucky to be beaten by a couple of points after a tough battled match.

In the boys 17&under section Pat Havern showed some tremendous skill on his route to the semi-final by seeing off Tyrone favourite Johnny Woods but came up short against Monaghan’s Darren Doherty.

Colm Turley was unlucky to be beaten by a point in the men’s challenger plate semi-final.

It was a very enjoyable weekend for both players and spectators alike. All the excitement is now building up for the Worlds Handball 40x20 and one wall which again will be held at the Citywest arena from 11th-21st October 2012.

by Seán Fallon