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2008 Irish Nationals - U.S. 17-and-under champion Tyree Bastidas to play at tournament - Irish players determined to keep Irish crown at home - responded with a big turnout in the 17-and-under division.





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2008 Irish Nationals

Boys 17

Coolan Daly                    Carrickmore

Peter F. Carleton             Micheal Davitts, Antrim

C. J. Fitzpatrick               Broadford

Ger MgGrath                   Kells-Kilkenny

Patrick Funchion              Kells-Kilkenny

David Delahunty              Kells-Kilkenny

Jason Murphy                  Castlebridge

Gary McConnell               Kells

John Griffin                     Williamstown 

Peter Hughes                    Ballyhogue

Ian McLoughlin                Newport

Tyree Bastidas                 I.C.H.A.

Tadgh Carroll                   Mallow

Stephen Cooney                Ballaghadereen

Kevin Barret                     Tinryland 

Fergal Collins                    Ballina,Co.Tipp       

Diarmaid Nash                  Tuamgraney

Shane Hedigan                  Liscarrol

Ronan McNea                   Newport

Luke Greene                     O'Loughlins

Keith Bourke                     O'Loughlins

Christy Dawson                 O'Loughlins

Jason Delaney                    O'Loughlins

Aaron Burns                      Ardoyne

Martin McGeogh                Ardoyne

Niall Clerkin                       Monaghan Harps

Colm O'Luing                     An Ghaeltacht, Ciarra

Niall Malone                       Tuamgraney

Byes Men's A Darragh Daly Carrickmore Boys 17 Tyree Bastidas USA Men's A Eddie Bourke O'Loughlin Gaels Mas A Tom Sheridan Kells WO Maria Daly Ballymacelligott Mas A Michael Walsh Talbots Inch WO Eimear Ní Fhallúin Naomh Mhuire, Leixlip Girls 17 Leona Doolin St. Comans WO Aisling Reilly Naomh Pól WO Fiona Shannon Naomh Pól WO Ashley Prendiville Ballymacelligott  

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Irish Nationals - Tyree Bastidas to play the best of the "Cream" of a 32-players field -  facing the best of the largest 17-and under Irish qualifier in recent memory.                                                                             





Above: Handball fans during the 2007 USHA National Juniors four-wall championships.                                                                                               Photo courtesy of the USHA.

Above: Bastidas (black shirt), returning a ball as Irish player waits his turn.


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Saturday 9 February @ 11.00a.m.
At Cashel on Saturday
Boys 17 Fergal Collins Ballina, Co.Tipp v Shane Hedigan Liscarroll B17(8)
Boys 17 Diarmaid Nash Tuamgraney v Ger McGrath Kells, Kilkenny B17(8)
Boys 17 Winner B17(8) v Winner B17(8) B17(H)
At Kingscourt  on Saturday
Boys 17 Stephen Cooney Ballaghaderreen v Aaron Burns Ardoyne B17(G)
At Kingscourt  on Saturday
Boys 17 Caolán Daly Carrickmore v Peter F. Carleton Micheal Davitts, Antrim B17(4)
Boys 17 Niall Clerkin Monaghan Harps v Martin McGeogh Ardoyne B17(4)
Boys 17 Winner B17(4) v Winner B17(4) B17(D)
At Galbally on Saturday
Boys 17 Niall Malone Tuamgraney v Colm Ó Lúing An Ghaeltacht B17(J)
Boys 17 C.J. Fitzpatrick Broadford v Tadgh Carroll Mallow B17(F)
At Garryhill on Saturday
Boys 17 Patrick Funchion Kells, Kilkenny v Kevin Barrett Tinryland B17(2)
Boys 17 Keith Bourke O'Loughlins v Gary Donoghue Coolboy B17(2)
Boys 17 Christy Dawson O'Loughlins v Peter Hughes Ballyhogue B17(3)
Boys 17 Jason Delaney O'Loughlins v David Delahunty Kells, Kilkenny B17(3)
Boys 17 Winner B17(2) v Winner B17(2) B17(B)
Boys 17 Winner B17(3) v Winner B17(3) B17(C )
Boys 17 Luke Greene O'Loughlins v Jason Murphy Castlebridge B17(E)
At Roscommon on Saturday
Boys 17 Ian McLoughlin Newport v John Griffin Williamstown B17(1)
Boys 17 Winner B17(1) v Winner B17(1)

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2008 Irish Nationals - Bastidas captures Irish National crown - First New York teen to capture a national title in Europe - secures second national title abroad - Bastidas looks forward to come back to Ireland to challenge the best in the 19-and-under division and to defend his title.





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Envirogreen Resource Irish Nationals

Boys 17-and-under
Tyree Bastidas USA Bt Gary Donoghue (12), 8, 5
Niall Malone Tuamgraney, Clare Bt Stephen Cooney Ballaghaderreen, Mayo 12, 9
Shane Hedigan  Liscarroll, Cork Bt Gary McConnell Kells, Meath 12, 18
C J Fitzpatrick Broadford, Limerick Bt Caolán Daly Carrickmore, Tyrone w/o
Semifinal: Shane Hedigan Liscarroll, Cork Bt C J Fitzpatrick Broadford, Limerick 17,(3),4
Tyree Bastidas USA Bt Niall Malone Tuamgraney, Clare 12, 15
Tyree Bastidas USA Bt Shane Hedigan Liscarroll, Cork 19, 13

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2008 Boston Open Handball Tournament - 17-year old Tyree Bastidas double faults at match point - loses to top player from Ireland 31-30





From L: D. Fink (finalist), T. Bastidas (finalist) and E. Peixoto (champion).


By Marc Siegle

The tournament Committee wants to thank all of you who competed, who supported the event with your contributions, or who came to watch and cheer the participants.  I was among  the last group.  And while I love to play in handball tournaments I would be hard pressed to have more fun than I had at this year’s Boston Open.  The depth of the draw resulted in a number of exciting and interesting matches over 3 days and I got to see many of them.  The results speak for themselves.  I would like to share with you some of my highlights from the tournament. 
On Friday, Jon Iglesias’ win over Charly Shanks was what most people were talking about.  Several handball sites have reported this win as an upset.  Those of us who have seen Jon play in prior Boston Opens and observed how he has continued to improve from year to year are not so sure.  He ended the match with two un-returnable serves which died in the left corner, and justified his high seeding.
I got to watch David Fink’s match with Danny Bell in the Quarter-finals, which was reprise of his victory over Dan in the recent Canadian National Tournament.  While the score card showed David winning in 2 games, it was actually a 3 game match.  The “first” game Fink dominated-- power serves with terrific movement, hard passes keeping Bell deep in the court, and he flattened every weak return.  The “second” game was Bell’s as his great retrieves and soft side-front kills built a big lead.  David took the “third” game almost by force of will.  He absolutely refused to let the ball bounce twice, retrieving every pass, digging every kill until he finally prevailed. 
Sunday’s action featured an Open Consolation Finals between the aforementioned
Charly Shanks and Tyree BastidasTyree is learning the sport on his way to becoming one of the top players in the country.  I have no doubt that he will continue to improve as Tyree has as much fun on the court as anyone I have ever seen, making this difficult sport a little easier.  He is a serious player who doesn’t take himself too seriously. And in this match he learned some very important lessons which will serve him well.
Charly is a top player in Ireland who works out with Kieran Curran, a two time winner of the Boston Open.  He is tall, rangy and glides around the court.  He led this year’s contingent of players from Ireland at the Boston Open, a group which experience great success.  Niall Kerr was victorious in a strong Master’s field,  Paul Fitzpatrick won the B Division, Ruarie Kelly took a game from Sean Lenning, and Shane O’Neill was an A finalist.  Shanks prevailed, coming from behind after Bastidas had built an early lead, with both players having a chance to serve for the match. 
Again, thanks to all of you who were part of this year’s tournament--ten decades of handball players from nine year old Sean  Kerr, who has great hands and a great future in the sport to Seymour Oken, whose best “shot” was the block and who is still actively engaged with the handball community--you made for a great weekend. 
Well look forward to seeing you next year at the Boston Open

Blending the Past and the Present





For The Record:

Tyree’s longest matches he ever played as a teenager:

2006 USHA National Four-Wall Junior Championships

The match between T. Bastidas and L. Cordova lasted two hours and seven minutes.

The 27thv Milwaukee Handball Classic - 2007

Team Bastidas VS Team S. Lee/ M. Munson.  The semifinals match lasted two hours and forty four minutes. The match finished at 1:10am on Sunday