St Brigid’s Handball Club, Monavea are celebrating their first ever Leinster 60x30 club title after hard fought victories over Kilmyshall of Wexford and Kells of Meath.
In their semi-final encounter against Kilmyshall, Monavea recorded an impressive 124-86 ace victory. Michael Donovan gave the Laois club a slender lead with a 21-20 21-17 win in the first singles.
Andrew Dowling and Ray Fogarty put Monavea in a dominant position going into the last singles after an impressive 21-7 21-9 victory. Tómas Lennon was to finish the job for Monavea, recovering from losing the first game 19-21 to win the second 21-12.
In the final, Monavea faced a highly fancied Kells team who had the All-Ireland minor hardball champion Evan Sheridan in their ranks. First into the alley for Monavea was Peter Whelan.
After a slow start, Whelan finally found his form to record a 21-20 21-16 win to give Monavea a five ace lead. Ray Fogarty and Tómas Lennon were to find themselves up against two very strong opponents in the doubles eventually losing out 21-20 21-6.
This left Monavea trailing by 10 aces going into the last singles. Michael Donovan showed great composure despite the pressure and won his first game 21-14. This left Monavea now only three aces behind with one game to play.
The Kells team did not give up easily and Michael found himself trailing 12-7 early in the deciding game. Listening to the advice of team coach Jimmy Fogarty, Michael changed his serve to good affect and won the second game on a scoreline of 21-15.
This result gave Monavea a narrow 110-107 ace victory and with it the Leinster Junior B Club title. The club now progresses to the All-Ireland finals to be played the weekend of July 11/12th.