Handball showed its growing popularity here in the west recently as over one hundred women and girls took part in the inaugural She’s Ace handball event in Galway.
Players at every level from juvenile to adult grades took part in part in a “festival of female handball” at venues around Galway before the finals at Salthill Handball Club on Nollaig na mBan.
There spectators got to see great displays of athleticism from as Ciana Ni Curraoin and Niamh Heffernan played out the final in the Ladies Senior grade.
Ciana, who is currently studying in the US, said she was proud to take part in the event while she was home for Christmas.
“The huge number of younger girls who have come from every club in Galway is fantastic and hopefully more events like this will see those girls go on to adult grades.”
With an emphasis on enjoyment and participation, She’s Ace gave younger players a friendly atmosphere to compete in, or try their hand at the sport for the first time.
It’s also hoped by the GAA that it showed parents “the value of handball in the development of young athletes”.
Everyone who took part in She’s Ace received a medal and a shirt.
This Galway County Board initiative was huge success in showing the popularity of handball, and serves as a warm up to the upcoming National event in Breaffy House.
A statement from the GAA offered their gratitude to everyone who made the event possible.
“A big thanks to all clubs who hosted the event, and those who helped out with refereeing and catering for everyone. Without the help of parents and coaches it would be impossible to run events like this.
“Let’s all work to continue the growth and development of ladies handball throughout the county and further engender the love for the sport.”