By Con Dennehy
Pictured: Kerry Handball Board treasurer Danny Riordan presenting Ballymacelligott players Dermot Casey and Pat Lacey from Asdee with their 2022 Munster handball championship medals in Ballymacelligott on Tuesday night. Photo Con Dennehy
The highlight of 2022 for members and supporters of Ballymacelligott Handball Club was the phenomenal success in Munster championships of Master players Dermot Casey and Asdee native Pat Lacey. This success was acknowledged at the Annual General Meeting of the club which took place at the Ballymacelligott Handball Complex, which opened in 1950, on Tuesday night.
During the meeting, the treasurer of the Kerry Handball Board and Ballymacelligott club secretary Danny Riordan presented both players with their hard earned Munster medals to the delight of all the attendees.
It was an exciting season for Casey and Lacey. In March they reached the Munster Masters B Doubles 40×20 final in Boherbuee where they played Tim Joe Healy (Ballydesmond) and John Lyons (Macroom) in a pulsating final. Both sets of players each won a game with the decision resting on the result of a tie break game won by just a single point by the Cork side.
However the Kerry duo extracted sweet revenge on their Cork opponents in July winning a classic and evenly contested Munster Diamond Masters 60×30 B final played in Broadford in July and ensured their place in the annals of Munster handball.