Oscar and Arnold Cardenas are residents of Long island with roots from Ecuador. They felt it was time to step up their game and vowed to win the “B” men’s double division.
Team Cardenas made it to the final by vesting some of the best teams, and it had no choice but to face team Maroquin and DeJesus, which almost upset the No 1 seed in the men’s open doubles.
Both teams were worthy of the title but team Cardenas made sure they were crowned first.
Arnold Cardenas, the younger of both brothers, pushed himself even further during the weekend. “I want to slam. I feel it in my heart, this is my year” Arnold said.
“It’s now or never. I could see myself winning both events”
Congratulations to the new champions.
Charly Shanks, the overall winner of the race4eight WPH series did his best to stop two-times Collegiate champion Martin Mulkerrin. And although Mr. Shanks was in control of most of the games, he found himself losing both games using the most possible points: 21-20, 21-20.
Mr. Shanks is used to play tough matches against top players here in America, but the match against Martin was a match above the level of play he is used to play.
Many handball fans point at this match as the best of the tournament as it was a wild roller coaster all the way to the end. What many handball fans did not realize is that Charly Shanks had gotten hurt during this fast-paced game, and that was the reason he dropped out of competition for his second event.
We are not here to take away credit from Martin Mulkerrin. He is definitely a great handball player. We are just providing the full facts.
Congratulations to Martin Mulkerrin, the winner of the best match of the men’s open singles.
Mr. E. Fizpatrick was the main referee for most of the important games of the tournament. He is not stranger to referee important big ball games as he has also refereed at King of the Courts and at the RedBull events.
Mr. Fizpatrick has won several Citywide big blue tournaments in the past, and has reached the championship match of the King of the Courts five times (a record he still holds). He has also won other prestigious big ball tournament around the City in his prime.
Mr. Fizpatrick, a player from the 90’s, has always been held at the same level of play as Mr. Wright (rookie). Now in his middle 40’s, he devotes his time reefing the games no one dares to ref.
Something strange took place at the last USHA 4-wall competition, when Irish teenagers took some of the highest honors in Iowa.
There was an Irish invasion at the men’s open level where the Irish players represented almost 40% of the draw. It was an impressive Irish show in the absence of some American top players.
Congratulations to the following players:
Catriona Casey: She is from Ireland and she reached the finals of the women’s open (singles) and won the doubles title.
Martin Mulkerrin: He is also from Ireland. He reached the final of the men’s open singles.
Aoife McCarthy: She is from Ireland. She won the women’s open doubles title.
Martin Mulkerrin trails from Galway, Ireland and is only 19-years-old.
Most people here in the U.S. got to know him better for his big winnings at the USHA Collegiate Championships in the past two years.
We never saw him play at the USHA 4-wall junior nationals before. So we asked him:
Why haven’t you come to the USHA junior nationals?
“I’ve been trying to come to the junior nationals for the past four years but every time I went for the try-outs, Killian Carroll always beat me in close games.” Martin said.
“I wish I could have come before but this kid “Killian” was always in my way”
Martin Mulkerrin has already made a name for himself in the U.S. at the tender age of 19. He may be the youngest Irish player to ever reach the final of the USHA 4-wall men’s open singles.
Congratulations to Martin Mulkerrin.