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Allison & Munroe Claim One-Wall Titles

Saturday 22.06.2013
Team Talk Mag
Club


The success of Carrickmore Handball Club continues to flourish as two of the club’s most promising young players rose to their latest challenge, winning titles at the recent National Open One-Wall Tournament in Mount Talbot, Roscommon.

In the U14 grade, Cormac Munroe was among the top seeded players in the event. Munroe is quickly gaining a name for himself in Handballing circles due to his consistency across the different codes, having recently taking silver in the Irish 40×20 Nationals. With the Irish One-Wall Nationals down for two weeks time, the Mount Talbot event was ideal preparation, and Cormac showed why he is among the favourites for that, with an enthralling and eye catching win in the final. In the SF, he beat Roscommon’s Michael Egan 18-10 to progress to a showdown with Galway’s Diarmuid Mulkerrins. Mulkerrins is a classy young prospect, and was widely expected to win, but Munroe was not to be fazed, racing out of the blocks to a 6-1 lead. Cormac’s athleticism and attacking kill shots was causing Mulkerrins trouble, and Cormac maintained this lead up until the latter minutes of the game. With the match being played on a time format, the game really is never over until the final call is made. With two minutes left to play, Mulkerrins was still six points down, but found his groove and pulled the game level approaching the last thirty seconds. But Cormac, being totally against the momentum, somehow forced a side-out after a spectacular ‘kill shot’ got the one chance he needed, scoring the last point at the death to win 16-15.

Boosted by his fellow club mate’s victory, Niall Allison entered the U16 final eager to claim the double for the club. In a field that contained the 15&U World Champion, Allison won through to a final against Limerick’s Ben Walsh. A somewhat surprise package, Walsh’s no fear attitude proved to be too much to handle for most of his opponents, knocking out several top seeds en route to the final. Allison however is an experienced player in the One-Wall code and straight from the off he controlled the pace of the game with his excellent understanding and court positioning. With Walsh’s game dominated by power play, Allison was not fazed at all by the physical strength of his opponent, and although the match was close throughout, Allison took the lead early on, and never relented moving Walsh all over the court. An 18-14 win was just rewards, and like Munroe, leaves Allison in a positive frame of mind entering the Irish Nationals which are to be held in Breaffy House resort, Castlebar in two weeks time.

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