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Australian Handball Open Title Win For Ruairi Kelly

Tuesday 11.06.2013
Team Talk Mag
Club


Last Friday the 7th of June, Melbourne City hosted the 33rd annual Australian National Handball Championship. This year the competition had an extra bit of interest to it with a total of 6 players from Ireland entered in various grades across the board. As the game all across the world begins to grow and prosper, Australia is also showing a serious passion for handball.
This year saw a record number of entrants since the event started almost 30 years ago but unfortunately with there being only two courts in the city the competition suffered due to a lack of facilities across the city. There are however plans in place to promote the 1 wall game across the state, and in more recent times there have been steps taken to promote the game across the schools.
The Melbourne Handball is spearheaded by Simon Fitzgerald, Eddie Scheruga, Richard Tomaselli, Vic Di luzio and Joe Santilli with each member of the team all doing tremendous work in the past couple of weeks to set up this fantastic weekend of competition.
The handball got underway on Friday evening with the preliminary stages of the men’s open taking place along with various other divisions being played. Saturday was another action packed day with games starting off at 7.30am and running all day. The men’s open category had some fantastic games with tremendous handball being played at times. Tyrone’s Ruairi Kelly was looking very impressive in his opening rounds, and on Saturday evening booked his place in the competiton’s final alongside Eddy Scheruga.
The men’s A final was to be contested by Derry’s Robyn Cook and Australia’s Joe Santilla, and the men’s A doubles being an All Irish Affair with Monaghan’s Christopher Mc Kenna, Barry Mc Guirk, Colin Donnelly and JT Treanor.
The finals commenced on Sunday with the Men’s A final which saw Joe Santilli and Robyn Cook produce an excellent game. Unfortunately from an Irish perspective Joe edged out Robyn on this occasion but previously Robyn had won the Masters singles against his Japanese Opponent. Then on Sunday evening the Men’s Open Singles Final took place between Tyrone’s Ruairi Kelly and Eddy Scheurga. The final proved to be an excellent contest between both players and the crowd was treated to a very high standard of handball. This time Ruairi showed his worth and proved too strong taking the title on a score line of 21-11 and 21-15. This was a very impressive performance from Ruairi who adds his name to the list of winners which includes Dave Vincent and David Chapman. The Men’s A doubles took Place on the Bank Holiday Monday with an all Monaghan final with Christopher Mc Kenna and Barry Mc Guirk prevailing over Colin Donnelly and John Thomas Treanor.
Overall these Nationals were a great success. The game is continuing to grow all across Australia and the Irish community based here are helping to promote that. There was a great sense of camaraderie all weekend with everyone from the many different backgrounds all coming together to provide an excellent weekend of handball. A special thank you must go to Simon Fitzgerald who is doing a great job of the promoting/advertising the game throughout Australia and without him this weekend would not have being half the success it was.

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