Pól Ó Muirí
Did I win? No – but I am well used to that. Spare a thought, however, for my club mate who has entered the Nationals in the Silver Masters’ Category (45-50). Having won the Ulster Silver Masters (B), he was quite looking forward to a tilt at another title. Unfortunately, there is no B grade in the Silver Masters at the nationals and he has been thrown in the hat with the likes of Egan Jensen – who partners Eoin Kennedy in senior doubles. In short, Egan is a first-class handballer. It is something akin to turning up for a weekend competition at the golf club and finding Pádraig Harrington waiting for you on the first tee.
In fact, I played Jensen once during an intervarsity doubles tournament some 20 plus years ago. Even then Egan was head and shoulders above anything we were used to playing against. “Hit anything blue,” was the advice my partner offered me, delivered in much the same tone as one turkey warning another turkey to “watch out for the guy with the axe”. We got about three points; my own contribution being a spectacular kill shot off my left thumb. It was a unique shot in the history of handball and one that I have attempted – without success – to repeat over the years.
Hit anything blue? Sometimes I can’t even do that.