Cool­boy

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pi­ons in the Glen­beigh team, they only won them in Oc­to­ber at the world cham­pi­onships so I’d say they were feel­ing con­fi­dent enough, and rightly so, but, again, with Michael (Gregan) go­ing in, and he’s back in form again, and that prob­a­bly helped us a lot and it built our con­fi­dence to go in there with a 15 lead. My­self and Michael (Len­non) were able to ex­tend that as well and we were able to leave it that bit eas­ier for Jerome and he was able to de­liver on that in the end,’ said Johnny.

‘’We’re fierce proud of what we have achieved to­day (Satur­day). We have played in, I’m 33, we’ve played in them for 15 years no, we haven’t won it so it’s nice to fi­nally get that cham­pi­onship,’ he added.

Pat Doyle said that Michael Gregan’s good form of late filled the team and sup­port­ers with great con­fi­dence.

‘We were very con­fi­dent be­cause Michael was play­ing so well, it gave the rest of the team a great con­fi­dence, be­cause Do­minic Lynch is about sev­enth in Ire­land at the mo­ment and to beat Do­minic 15/12, 15/3 was a great achieve­ment al­to­gether, and it gave Michael (Len­non) and Johnny go­ing in in the dou­bles a great boost al­to­gether,’ he said.

There had been con­cern over Michael Gregan after he pickede up a shoul­der in­jury at the Golden Gloves in Belfast last week. Richard Wil­loughby said that the in­jury was still there bnut that Gregan played through the pain bar­rier.

‘He had hurt his shoul­der in Belfast. He threw ev­ery­thing at it to­day. He went through the pain bar­rier, at one stage you could see him winc­ing. He def­i­nitely done well. He got into the game early, usu­ally he’s a slow starter, but he got in early to­day and dom­i­nated the game,’ he added.

Cool­boy has a mas­sive tra­di­tion and his­tory in the sport of hand­ball. Michael Len­non’s first ju­ve­nile All-Ire­land win is where it all be­gan for this group says Richard Wil­loughby.

‘It started back in the early 90s when we were win­ning a few Féile at the time. Even Michael Len­non, who would be the old­est on that team to­day, he won an All-Ire­land, our first ju­ve­nile ti­tle, back in 1997 I think it was, that was our first ju­ve­nile ti­tle other than Féile, we’d never won in­di­vid­ual ti­tles be­fore that. So, that’s how long it’s com­ing, maybe 20 years at least. They’ve reached the top to­day,’ he said.

On Mon­day night, sup­port­ers and club mem­bers turned up in healthy num­bers to toast the won­der­ful suc­cess.

For­mer mem­ber Pat Quaile from Ti­na­hely was there and he re­called 10 All-Ire­land fi­nals (five 40x20 and five 60x30) that he was apart of where Cool­boy teams were beaten in nthe de­ciders. The hand­ball leg­end said that Satur­day’s win was a huge mo­ment for Wick­low hand­ball and one that should be cel­e­brated near and far.

Cool­boy Hand­ball Club sec­re­tary James Gregan said that it was a long road to vic­tory with wins over Car­low’s Tin­ry­land and Kells of Meath in Le­in­ster and a Ty­rone club in the All-Ire­land semi-fi­nal be­fore down­ing Glen­beigh in the fi­nal.

Club mem­ber Paddy Len­non saud the win was a won­der­ful achiev­ment and that it had put Cool­boy Hand­ball Club back on the hand­ball map in a big way.

ARK­LOW MULLINGAR 19 34

ARK­LOW RFC’S un­der-14s wel­comed Mullingar to The Oval on Satur­day in the Le­in­ster league.

Ark­low kicked off and straight away put pres­sure on Mullingar, turn­ing over pos­ses­sion, and with ball in hand and quick hands from Char­lie Gra­ham, Ark­low started to make breaks through Stu­art Bol­lard Troy and Gor­don Prestage to bring Ark­low within ten me­ters from try line.

The for­wards took it on with some fine car­ries from Sean Carey and Ben Clancy be­fore scrum half Mikey Kin­sella passed to Ernest Kaukis who pow­ered over the line for the first try.

Within min­utes Ark­low were on the at­tack again and with sus­tained pres­sure Mullingar were pe­nalised for off side. Ark­low chose to kick this, Char­lie Gra­ham was un­lucky with his kick as it hit the up­right and bounced back and Kade Van den Vyver gath­ered the

Keith Ka­vanagh, Jerome Wil­loughby, Michael Len­non, Johnny Wil­loughby and Michael Gregan who won Cool­boy Hand­ball Club’s first ever Se­nior All-Ire­land Club Cham­pi­onship crown last week­end by de­feat­ing Kerry’s Glen­beigh in the fi­nal in Laois.

Pat Doyle, Richard Wil­loughby and Johnny Wil­loughby dis­cussing the won­der­ful All-Ire­land win on Satur­day night in the Lit­tle Moon in Cool­boy.

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