Or Wex­ford play­ers

At an event to re­mem­ber in Min­nesota

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Myles Car­roll (Kil­dare) e was tight but Adam ore com­fort­able and ay in the sec­ond af­ter play which fea­tured and con­sis­tent cross­rapid progress in the his ded­i­ca­tion to his so his will­ing­ness to ay­ers trav­el­ling to the not gone un­no­ticed d by all. This win will he na­tional and world be reck­oned with. St. Joseph’s) is no on the big­gest of oc­nal and in­ter­na­tional nued his dom­i­nance ick­ing up two more o his col­lec­tion in the event, Gavin eas­ily n O’Con­nor (Lim­er­ick) mi-fi­nal be­fore be­ing by Antrim’s Paul Graatch that Gavin won Do­minick Lynch from he 35 and over doualso pushed right to by U.S.A. duo Chris eixoto, with the Wexk­ing the hon­ours 11-8 rail­ing 8-0 at the start. Buggy (St. Mary’s), y to de­throne Eu­gene n in the 70 and over n, and the ef­forts of bly cost them glory n they joined forces. claimed glory in the from a set down to d hurl­ing great Buggy gh­mon) and Conor teamed up to­gether nd 40 x 20. The two ford boys were exse at the quar­ter-fi­nal in a very highly com­boys 13 and un­der). and their trav­el­ling very proud of their oys played with pride and dig­nity in all their games and their never-say-die at­ti­tude was de­light­ful for all to watch. They played their hearts out and showed that they will be a force to be reck­oned with in the fu­ture.

In their 40 x 20 sin­gles, Bobby got a good win over lo­cal lad Moses Gar­dae in the last 16 round but went out in the next round to speedy Mex­i­can An­dres Cor­dova (21-13, 21-13). Cor­dova also elim­i­nated Conor Ho­ran in a feisty bat­tle in the previous round (21-11, 10-21, 11-1).

St. Joseph’s girl Cora Doyle faced into her first world championship in the ladies’ ‘B’ sin­gles wall ball where she came up against New York’s hot­shot Ser­ena Wu, with Cora claim­ing an easy vic­tory in a very one-sided game.

Next up was a semi-fi­nal date with the very tal­ented num­ber one seed, Ty­rone’s Eilise McCrory. Cora got off to a fly­ing start and put marks on the board but it wasn’t long be­fore the Ul­ster girl found her stride and pro­duced daz­zling side arm strokes. A su­perb bat­tle en­sued, and Cora lost out to the even­tual world win­ner 21-15, 21-12.

Over in the 40 x 20 court, it was much the same for Cora as she faced Leah Kirk (U.S.A.) at the quar­ter-fi­nal stage and had a com­fort­able win (21-5, 21-8).

Next, she met num­ber one seed Ni­amh Hef­fer­nan (Gal­way) and faced a mighty bat­tle and just couldn’t get a rub of the green, los­ing 21-10, 21-6, with the Gal­way girl go­ing on to calm the ti­tle.

Cora joined forces with Team Ire­land’s Me­gan Mc­Cann in the 19 and un­der girls’ 40 x 20 but they were ex­tremely un­for­tu­nate not to se­cure their spot into the fi­nal af­ter los­ing in the tie-breaker by the clos­est of mar­gins (11-10). On an­other day things could have been so dif­fer­ent for the young Wex­ford girl as she was ex­tremely un­lucky.

Fa­ther and son Pádraig and Joe Dev­ereux (Castle­bridge), who set off on their first world ad­ven­ture to­gether, will take away life­long mem­oires and can look back fondly on a su­per tour­na­ment.

Pádraig played in the men’s 50+ wall ball and had a cracker of a game which went all the way to a tie-breaker to earn him­self a spot into the semi-fi­nal.

The quar­ter-fi­nal took its toll on him and, hav­ing hurt his shoul­der, his semi-fi­nal was just a step too far and, un­for­tu­nately, he lost out to top seed Rob­bie McCarthy (West­meath).

Joe had en­tered in boys’ 15 and un­der 40 x 20 and wall ball, and joined forces with Cork’s Sam Dun­ning for his dou­bles cam­paign. Both boys played su­per hand­ball and pro­duced some fine, skil­ful shots, but lack of court time to­gether made it dif­fi­cult for them and the boys lost in the wall ball quar­ter-fi­nal.

Joe also played the sin­gles in both codes but firstly came a crop­per to Aus­tralia’s top prospect, the very ex­pe­ri­enced Brodie Win­ter, in wall ball and also Gal­way’s hugely-tal­ented Mikie Kelly in 40 x 20 at the quar­ter-fi­nal stage.

Lau­rence Dunne (Kilmyshall) en­tered the tour­na­ment in men’s ‘C’ in both wall ball and 40 x 20 and faced a mas­sive chal­lenge. Hav­ing car­ried an in­jury to Amer­ica, it was al­ways go­ing to be dif­fi­cult for Lau­rence in a group of highly-tal­ented hand­ballers from across the world.

Hav­ing come through his last 16 and quar­ter-fi­nal wall ball games re­mark­ably well, his in­jury was an ob­vi­ous hin­drance as he faced Gearóid O’Con­nell (Cork) in the semi-fi­nal where he went down 21-14, 21-10.

Lau­rence teamed up with his dad, Jimmy, in the men’s ‘C’ wall ball dou­bles, only to lose out to a strong Amer­i­can pair­ing in Cal­abrese/Vir­ric­chio.

Lau­rence got one win un­der his belt in the men’s ‘C’ sin­gles 40 x 20 be­fore los­ing out to Gary McEl­roy (Mon­aghan) in the last 16. Lau­rence teamed up with Jack Roche (Bridgetown) in men’s ‘C’ dou­bles 40 x 20 where the Kilmyshall/Bridgetown duo faced the Ja­panese top seeds in an ex­cel­lent and ex­cit­ing game. The Wex­ford lads lost out in the tie-breaker 11-1.

Jack Roche played in the men’s ‘ C’ sin­gles 40 x 20 and had a great first round win against Amer­i­can En­rique Ma­cias 21-2, 21-14, but he went out in the next round to Niall McMa­hon (Meath) in the tie-breaker (11-8).

Jimmy Dunne (Kilmyshall) com­peted in the wall ball Golden Masters, 40 x 20 Golden Masters and vet­eran Golden sin­gles grades, and Tom Byrne (Kilmyshall) per­formed in the 40 x 20 Su­per 60+ ‘B’ sin­gles.

Jimmy got off to a win­ning start in the wall ball when he faced off against En­rique Rugel from Ecuador at the quar­ter-fi­nal stage, but the next step was just too big and he lost out to Cork man John Her­lihy 21-8, 21-5.

Af­ter an im­pres­sive win over Mike McRae (U.S.A.) 21-12, 21-18 in the quar­ter-fi­nal, Tom lost out to Cana­dian hand­baller Lau­rent Cou­ture 19-21, 21-10, 11-1 in the semi-fi­nals.

Tom played vet­eran Golden dou­bles along­side his club­mate, Jimmy Dunne, but this time the men went out in their open­ing game.

Wex­ford had a trav­el­ling party of over 35, of which 21 were play­ers, and twelve of the team medalled in ten days to re­mem­ber.

It was de­scribed as a fan­tas­tic championship by all the play­ers and trav­el­ling sup­port­ers. Min­nesota will hold a spe­cial place in their hearts for­ever.

Gavin Buggy and his dou­bles part­ner from Kerry, Do­minic Lynch.

The out­stand­ing 15 and un­der pair of Mark Doyle and Josh Ka­vanagh.

ho had a prof­itable d cham­pi­onships.

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