Tuamgraney’s Diarmuid Nash was unlucky to miss out on a piece of silverware in the John Gaffney Memorial handball tournament, losing in the final.
Current Irish number one, Nash pushed Cork man Killian Carroll all the way before narrowly letting go of his title as Gaffney Cup champion. The final was Nash’s fifth consecutive ranking event final but the win came as Carroll’s third consecutive ranking win.
The first game was won by Diarmuid Nash 21-8 as he dominated the early stages while his Cork counterpart was let down by his finishing touch. On the other hand, Nash was very accurate with his finishing and pulled the strings.
Killian Carroll showed a fierce amount of determination in the second game as he threw his body on the line on countless occasions. He learned from his mistakes in the first game as he was precise with his finishing enabling him to win 21-18.
In what was the fourth game for both handballers in the space of thirty hours, both became physically drained especially Nash. Leading the third game 2-0, former Clare U21 hurler, Diarmuid Nash forced a stoppage in play due to several cramps in his quad. This greatly hampered his movement and he was eventually forced to withdraw despite battling on courageously. The twenty one year old Cork man won the third game 11-3.
Next up for one of Clare’s sporting greats is the All-Ireland Championship. The winner of the Championship will represent Ireland as the team captain at the World Championships in August which will take place in Canada.
Meanwhile, GAA Handball President, Willie Roche a Clare resident has criticised the lack of media coverage given to minority sports including handball. The full interview with Willie Roche is in the upcoming Tradraí, an annual magazine by Newmarket-on-Fergus GAA club which is set to be released in the next month.