Updated: 12/10/12 : 08:10:22Printable Version
By Michael McGee
The waiting is
over for the most eagerly awaited world handball championships that
begin today in Dublinís Citywest Hotel Convention Arena.
Convention centre will house 21 courts specially constructed for these
championships. GAA Handball have pulled out all the stops in the last 10
months of planning with preparations ready to fall into place into
the hosting of the biggest and best World Handball Championships ever
to take place.
Thirty countries are taking part and 2,000
competitors all vying to become champions. The events range from
Boys/Girls U-11 to Over 80ís.
Sligo will be well represented with 8 players from the Yeats County aiming for World titles.
wonít be easy for the likes of Shane Bruen from the Collooney Club and
well known Sports Journalist Gavin Gawley from the St. Maryís club who
take part in the Menís C singles in a grade with 200 players in it. It
will be a case of whoever is super fit rather than skill that will
determine who will win this grade.
Martin Cooney & Oisin
Quinn both from the Castleconnor club are both in the Silver Masters B
singles grade while Ballymoteís Francis McCann is entered in the Golden
Masters A singles grade. McCann went to the All-Ireland final of both
the 60 x 30 & 40 x 20 Golden Masters A singles this year only to be
beaten by the same player in Kildareís Michael Dowling. The Ballymote
man could face the lilywhite player again and may make it 3 rd time
lucky and gain revenge for those All-Ireland defeats. Mc Cann is seeded
no.4 in the singles the highest ranked Sligo player in the
It is an historic occasion for the Quinn family
from Castleconnor with Dad Oisin, son Odhran and daughter Aoife all
determined to make an impact. All the Sligo players will face stern
opposition with McCann and Cooney seen as Sligoís best chance of
winning major honours.
The first Sligo players into action will
be Shane Bruen & Gavin Cawley in the Menís C singles. This gets
underway at 3.30 today. Tomorrow Friday sees Odhran Quinn in action in
the Boys U-13 singles and later that evening Francis McCann will play
the winner of the Paul Williams / Pecheilli English tie in the Golden
Masters A contest.
Photo: Members of the Sligo handball team taking part in The World Handball Championships along with Fergus O' Donovan General Manager Radisson Hotel
sponsors and Peter Chambers - Chairman Sligo Handball Board.
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