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December 2016

Pat Mc Kenna Stepped down from Chairman of the Tipperary Handball Board after serving for over 30 Years. In that time Pat has seen many great players representing Tipperary Handball bringing Provincial , National & International titles to the Premier County. Pat was never shy to speak his mind and availed of every opportunity to seek better support & facilities for our players . Pat O Flaherty from Youghalarra takes over as County Chairman and after the A.G.M. in the Sarsfield Club in Thurles the New Chairman made a presentation to the outgoing Chairman on behalf of the County Board. 



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Michael "Ducksie" Walsh who passed away early on Thursday 4th August 2016 following a short battle with illness.
Ducksie was a tremendous competitor, a sportsman par excellence and an iconic figure whose loss has left the entire handball community numb with grief. A winner of an incredible 38 Senior All-Ireland titles including a record 16 Senior Softball titles,winning 13 in a row from 1985-1997 - his name will forever be synonymous with the sport.


Walsh, who turned 50 in May  fell ill on the way home from a senior doubles tournament in Cavan last Saturday and passed away on Thursday  4th August 2016.

 Ducksie  was on top of his game to the end. Just a fortnight ago, in the inaugural Irish 60x30 Singles Nationals in his home court of Talbot’s Inch, Walsh defeated number one-ranked Eoin Kennedy of Dublin in the final of the Open Singles. 






        All Star Awards at Munster Convention Jan 21st. 2016

    Vincent O Shea with Robert Frost             Billy Mc Carthy with Robert Frost
       2014 Official of the Year                        2013 Hall of Fame




      John Cleary & Robert Frost                        Caitriona Casey & Pat O Brien
         2013 Hall of Fame                     2013 Player of the Year & 2013 Official of the Year


Killian Carroll 2014 Player of the Year

Billy Mc Carthy: Minor Hardball Douubles 1968 with Seanie Halley
                 Junior Hardball Singles 1977
                 Junior S.S. 1968
                 Senior Hardball Doubles with Noel Ryan
                 World 40 & over 40x20 with Tony Breen (Wex) 1994
                 Master A Doubles 60x30 with Billy Mullins 1995
                 SMBD 40x20 with Martin Maher 1999
                 GMAD 60x30 with Pakie Mullins 2002
                 EMAD 40x20 with Jim Ryan 2005
                 GMAD 60x30 with Pat Ryan 2008

John Cleary:  Minor Hardball Doubles with Connie Cleere 1959
              Junior Hardball Singles 1961
              Tailteann Senior Doubles with Paddy Hickey 1966
              Senior Hardball Doubles with Paddy Hickey 1975
              

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                                 2015

  
  SMAD Pat & Tony O Flaherty
   DMAS 
Billy Mullins & John Rossiter
 
              
  MBD Davy Tobin & Eddie Farrell                                    SMBD Paul Maher & John Lee




                               All-Ireland 60x30 winners 2015
   
  Síle Spain                                               Daire Madden Conor Bourke
   
            Sinead Meagher                                Eleanor Percy Katie Gould




   Newport  U17S All-Ireland Silver Medals





       
          
 MBS Davy Tobin & John Roche          John Ferncombe & Michael Purcell                   

All-Ireland 60x30 2015

  • MBS Tipperary (David Tobin) dft Wexford (John Roche) 21-16, 5-21, 21-16
  • DMAS Tipperary (Billy Mullins) dft Carlow (John Rossiter) 21-20, 21-14


40x20 Irish World Trials/Junior Nationals 
in association with O'Neill’s  
(Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th April 2015, in Kingscourt, Cavan and surrounding venues) 
Qualifiers on Saturday 4 th April 2015 (Easter Saturday) in venues nationwide. 
  
Online entry for the 2015 Irish World Trials / Junior Nationals is now open and available by clicking the link at the bottom. 
ENTRY DEADLINE FRIDAY 20 th MARCH 2015 @ 12 MIDNIGHT 
World Trials 
The six grades which will decide the Official Irish Junior Team are as follows: 
Boys 19 & Under Singles 
Boys 17 & Under Singles 
Boys 15 & Under Singles 
Girls 19 & Under Singles 
Girls 15 & Under Singles   
Girls 17 & Under Singles 
Please note as these are the World Trials Grades, then the World Championship age limits applies, i.e. for 15 & Under players, the player must be 15 or Under on the last day of the tournament - 21st August 2015. 
  
Junior Nationals 
The grades that are being run this year are as follows: 
Boys 13 & Under Singles 
Girls 13 & Under Singles 
Boys 11 & Under Doubles 
Girls 11 & Under Doubles 
For players to be eligible for the above Junior Nationals grades then they must meet the age requirement on the day of the final, i.e. for 11 & Under players, the player must be 11 or Under on the 19th April 2015. 
Please note there are no B Grades this year as this is a Worlds Year and every player has a right to aim for the Worlds Team. Same applies for the 13 & Under grades. There will be plate competitions for all first round loser in all grades. 
  
Please note: 

    * Entries will only be accepted through the online system and can be paid for by credit card or laser card.   


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2015:

GAA Handball are delighted to confirm the recipient of Gradaim an Uachtaráin 2015 which was presented at a special banquet in Croke Park on Friday last was Tim Healy from the Liscarroll Handball Club in Cork

The awards, organized with the support of club championship sponsors AIB, are staged annually by the GAA and provide the GAA President with an opportunity to acknowledge outstanding commitment and long service across the club and county network from people whose highly valued contribution is seldom recognised nationally.

Tim Healy has been one of the true stalwarts of Cork handball for well over a quarter of a century. While the club, and what was good for the club always came first with Tim, at County and Provincial level over the years when the need to put your  shoulder to the wheel arose, the challenge was never shirked by Tim, you could always count on him. Men like him don’t come along every day. The same applied when Tim, as a hurler  always  gave Liscarroll club outstanding service and in addition Tim worked in Golden Vale Foods who were one of the powerhouses of Inter – Firm Hurling from the sixties to the Eighties, he was an ever present with those teams.

As Tim moved on in years he continued to play handball and is a committed member of the Liscarroll club, he was to the fore when it was decided to convert the old 60/30 Alley into a 40/20 court, contributing to the work and effort to complete the project. Secretary for many years he did Trojan work and night after night Tim would be found in the handball court refereeing and organising games. He is still very active in his club ensuring that things are done properly; no task has ever been too big or too small for him.

Tim excelled as an administrator and in 1993 he was elected Chairman of Cork Handball Board, a position he held until 2009. During his tenure as Chairman Handball made great strides in Cork. He also served as Munster Council Chairman from 1998 to 2000. He remains as one of the Cork delegates to Munster Council where his wise council is highly respected.      

He always had great interest in juvenile handball and was always encouraging young players at Club and County level. In the early 90s, the Munster Handball Council mooted the idea of organising a juvenile tournament over the Christmas/New Year and Tim volunteered to give it a go. Twenty years on and it is now among the best Juvenile Tournaments in the Country, with players from all Provinces competing over the 6 days. It now attracts over one hundred entries and runs from December 27th to January 1st each year. 


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Congress 2014
Tipperary Reps : Ken Conway - Paddy Collins - Billy Mc Carthy - Eamon Spillane:

Elections : Delegate to GAA Central Council :  Ken Conway   (Tipperary)
National PRO:    Niamh Egan  (Westmeath)

       
        Congress 2014                                                      Willie Roche                                               John Kelly                                        Willie Roche & Paddy Collins




  Donal Hayes & John Kelly


Congress Briefs on Motions/ Rules  & recommendations 2014


Motions Passed:
Juvenile Team Championships :  U12/13  & U14/15 - In the event of a tie a pair play Tie Break to 11 Aces

Girls Inter Provincial  60x30:     60x30 team consists of 6 players  2U13, 2 U15, & 2 U17     Beginning with U13Game. Teams named in writing before 1st game commences -- Each pair play 2 games to 15 aces --- Agg. score decides winner --- In the event of a tie any 2 players play tie break to 11.
Venues to be decided by CCC and depending on entries rotated around the provinces.

Rest Periods in 60x30.  :  For Golden Masters and upwards  3 time outs increased to 1 minute duration in 60x30 games.

Master Grades:  Qualifying age shall be based on reaching  age in year of the Championship.

Rule Changes:
Tournaments: All County Tournaments -Challenge matches etc must have sanction from the County CCC
All provincial Inter County Tournaments ,challenge matches must have sanction from Provincial CCC
All National Inter County Tournaments must have sanction from National CCC

Juvenile Team Competitions:
All Counties competing in Inter County Team Championships must submit the names not later than the Monday prior to the scheduled fixture.


1 Wall:    That 1 Wall be included as an official Championship Code:

Recommendations:

 Minutes :  That the issue of minutes of all National Handball Committee meetings recommence immediately to include important back issues.

Juvenile B Championships:   That All Ireland B Championships in Juvenile Grades be initiated in all codes.

Junior C:   That the inclusion of a Junior C competition be included  in championships

National Gradings:   A for Intermediate --- B for Junior   ---- C for Junior B

Juvenile Team injury:  If a player gets injured during a game  a substitute be allowed to take his place

Juvenile Finals: In the event of Juveniles from the same Club reaching All-Ireland Finals that they have their games arranged in the same Venue on the same day.

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John Kelly appointed Handball Manager



John Kelly has been appointed as the new National Handball Manager for the GAA. The Longford native takes over from Tony Hannon who splatter 2had been acting National Manager and departed the post last November.  

A member of the Ardagh St Patricks GAA club in Longford, John has been employed as Fixtures and Events Officer for the past 5 years with the Association and now takes the step up to National Manager. “I am very honoured to have been appointed to the position of National Handball Manager” Kelly said, “In the past five years I have met some incredible people in the sport and have seen the terrific work that is being done at grassroots level and it is a credit to all the volunteers out there. My job is to maintain this great work and build our Association from here as the clubs and the volunteers are the lifeblood of our Association.”

One of his main aims will be to increase the profile of the game here in Ireland and throughout the World.

“We currently boast the top Mens & Ladies Handballers in the World in Paul Brady and Aisling Reilly. This is something not many Irish Sports can say. Paul Brady has been one of the most phenomenal athletes in Irish Sport in the last decade but has not always got the recognition his brilliance deserved. Others like Fiona Shannon, Aisling Reilly, Catriona Casey, Robbie McCarthy and Eoin Kennedy to name a few have raised the standard of the sport significantly in recent years and my aim is to try and raise the profile of GAA Handball to ensure that the talent in our sport gets the recognition it deserves and also our sport grows and appeals to people all over Ireland and indeed worldwide” 

He also believes that there is a very bright future for GAA Handball with the talent that the sport currently has at Juvenile level. 

"There is great work currently been done at schools level and at Juvenile level throughout the country and it is imperative that we give these players the best possible opportunity to succeed in the sport"

John Kelly was educated at St Mel’s Longford and DIT, graduating with a Degree in Marketing and E-Business. He has previously worked for Celtic FC, AIB, CDC Software and Mars Ireland aswell as his previous role in GAA Handball. 


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2014  Awards
       
 Function in the Park Hotel Clonmel on Saturday January 25th. 2014 
Fergal Collins (Ballina Handball Club) received an Annerville award (Cidona Award) after great displays in 2013
winning Intermediate All-Ireland doubles titles in both  40x20 & 60x30 and also reached the 60x30 singles final. This is Fergals 5th. Award receiving awards in 2003, 2006, 2010, 2011 and now in 2013.
                   
Ken Conway - Fergal Collins - Paddy Collins                                                                      Tipperary Sports Stars 2013

                     

 Noel Mc Grath - Fergal Collins                                                                Cycling/Racquetball/ Pitch & Putt/Handball

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2013:
*Ballina Handball Club in County Tipperary will hold the opening of their new outdoor one wall court on June Bank holiday Monday 3rd June at 2pm, and all are welcome  to attend. We hope that all our neighbouring Clubs will attend  .
The opening will consist of the official opening by Willie Roche President elect, and first ball to be served by a VIP, an exhibition match featuring some of Tipperarys top juvenile players, an exhibition mini-tournament involving our clubs top adult Intermediate and senior players, along with refreshments and a fun family day for club members and  guests. Everyone will get a chance to try their hand at one Wall.
More details will follow in due course, and it would be great to see you there if possible.
Regards
Darren Prentice
Secretary
 
* Well done to our Juveniles Colin Ryan U14S, Jerome Cahill & james Prentice U14D & Jason English & John Ryan U16D who are through to All-Ireland Finals.
 
* Well done to Pat Ryan , Martin Mc Inerney & David Moloney who are through to All-Ireland Finals.
 
* Congradulations to Willie Roche who is our new President Elect and will take up office in 2014 when he replaces Walter O Connor. Willie was up against Eugene Maguire from Tyrone and won on a vote of 57 - 40.
 
* Well done to all who helped out with the Cumann na mBunscoil Finals and to Ballinahinch & to Silvermines for hosting the finals. Best of luck to all our County Winners  who travel to Kerry on Sunday for the Munster Finals.
 
* Well done to Cashel for Hosting the Juvenile County Finals on Saturday & Sunday and providing refreshments for all --- Well Done to all concerned.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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