School workshops a success | Westmeath Examiner

Robbie McCarthy Jnr with Breacach (Tyrone), winners of Division 2 Féile.

Westmeath GAA Handball News

Last Friday was our tenth and last workshop for the 2021/2022 school year. The children of Presentation Junior School, Mullingar, came together for a sporting event hosted by Ms Shaw and showed great enthusiasm for handball despite ending their session earlier than expected due to the weather. We have heard great reports that we will have no shortage of talent in handball in the future.

We would like to thank the class teachers of all the students we had this year for their time and effort. Teachers have shown great interest in some of our activities which lend themselves perfectly to the development of agility, balance and coordination. GAA handball is a great sport for developing both sides of the body and brain, as both hands are used consistently throughout a match. It is an inexpensive sport that maintains form, which can be practiced indoors or outdoors and above all, it is fun!

Any school staff wishing to benefit from handball workshops for their school should email the Westmeath GAA Handball secretary to arrange it. Schools can now also submit their expressions of interest for the next teacher training workshop scheduled for October.

All schools that register by September 30 for the 2022/2023 school year will receive a free school resource pack which includes a wealth of resources such as balls and workbooks filled with easy-to-teach activities.

Applications for student workshops and teacher workshops can be submitted to the Westmeath GAA Handball Secretary, [email protected] Don’t wait because reservations have already started for September.

We would also like to express our heartfelt thanks to the North Midlands Credit Union for their recent contribution to Westmeath GAA Handball through the Social and Cultural Fund. These funds are essential to maintaining our school supports and will provide us with much-needed safety equipment. Many thanks from all of Westmeath GAA Handball.

Many thanks to the coaching staff at Westmeath who introduced over 240 students to GAA Handball this school year. It was no easy task for them with the main court in Mullingar still closed, but their hard work and perseverance certainly showed it.

Feile

After being closed for two years due to the pandemic, which was then followed by a refurbishment project for the Mullingar courts, our underage handball players have yet to come back into full swing.

Although we didn’t have a Féile team at last weekend’s 40×20 Féile, we were well represented with senior handball player, Robbie McCarthy Jnr, showing great support for the event. Robbie was then asked to judge skills and present medals to players in Cullohill, Co. Laois.

Robbie was only happy to show his support for the young handball stars and called on three venues to catch some of the action ahead of his judging duties. Always a great sportsman, we thank Robbie for his time and representation.

Championship

The InterClub Softball Championship is set to conclude with the All-Ireland Semi-Finals and Finals taking place on Saturday June 25th. Westmeath Head of Coaching, Robbie McCarthy Snr. will add another stat to his referee’s record as he travels to Fahy’s Cross in Offaly to oversee the All-Ireland Junior Inter-Club Final.

Robbie is one of the most experienced referees in the country and known in the handball community for his knowledge but also for the fairness of his calls. Wishing Robbie Snr. good luck and again, thanking him for his time.

While Robbie sees the completion of Interclub Softball, our Westmeath players will prepare to begin their bids for the Leinster Softball Championship. The Leinster Championship is due to start on Sunday June 26 and fixtures will be published by Tuesday.

The Westmeath players for this year’s softball are Robbie Snr, John, Mick and Alan in the singles events with the doubles events to include Robbie Snr and Liam, Philip and John, and Alan and David.

Congratulations to all the players representing Westmeath in the upcoming Championship across the various adult grades. We wish them all the best of luck and are confident that we will have a few titles from Leinster to Westmeath in Softball 2022.

Robbie McCarthy Jnr hopes to retain his All-Ireland Senior Softball title this year. Robbie has noted through numerous interviews that softball is his favorite event of the year. He is a strong proponent of promoting 60×30 which is your typical Irish handball.

Unlike the 40×20 and WallBall you’ll see on the international stage; Softball is unique to Ireland and one of Westmeath’s most successful codes. Although the senior championship does not start until the weekend of July 30/31, Robbie hopes to compete in the National Softball Championships ranking event, which will take place the weekend of July 15/16 in preparation for his championship. 2022. I wish Robbie Jnr the best of luck throughout his softball championships and tournaments this year.

Delvin

Westmeath GAA Handball are delighted with news from Delvin that an agreement has been reached with County Council for a three year lease with the Delvin Handball committee. It’s great to see that Delvin will be back on the card with former champions such as Gus O’Shaughnessy and John O’Shaughnessy hailing from the Delvin Handball Club, there is a long history of handball within the Delvin community . Congratulations to Micheál Ó Ceallaigh and the team. Best wishes from everyone at Westmeath GAA Handball.

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