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Bold show from O’Neill… and Tyrone juveniles win more silverware…

Tuesday 31.07.2012
Team Talk Mag
Club


Brackey’s Shane O’Neill produced a noteworthy performance against Galway’s Martin Mulkerrins as Loughmacrory hosted a programme of All-Ireland 60×30 semi-finals involving Ulster and Connacht in front of a good crowd on Saturday evening.
As it turned out, Connacht were victorious in all three semi-finals, with Galway, Mayo and Leitrim defeating Tyrone, Donegal and Antrim respectively, but Shane O’Neill served up some fine handball in his encounter with the young Galway star in the All-Ireland intermediate singles semi-final.
The match resulted in a 21-14, 21-11 victory in favour of the Moycullen teenager but the scoreline doesn’t reflect the contribution made to the proceedings by the Tyrone flag bearer.
Meanwhile, there was more provincial success for Tyrone’s younger players on Sunday as three more juvenile titles were claimed in St Macartan’s Monaghan.
There seems little doubt that this year’s crop is one of the most accomplished squads of underage talent that has ever represented Tyrone and this has without doubt been the best season in history for the county’s juvenile representatives.
The success story continued on Sunday as Ronan Curran, Turlough Clarke, Cormac Munroe and Ciaran Cuddy won Ulster 60×30 titles at the expense of Monaghan and Cavan opposition.
Loughmacrory’s Ronan Curran defeated Jordan Gaynor of Cavan in the under-12 singles final, adding to his under-12 doubles success with Antoin Fox in the 40×20 earlier this year.
Brackey’s Turlough Clarke beat Oran Kiernan of Monaghan in the under-13 singles decider, and Carrickmore pair Cormac and Ciaran saw off the challenge of Cavan’s Oisin Cunningham and Conor Owens in the Ulster under-13 doubles final.
Matthew McCartan and Shane McCrystall, who picked up the Ulster 40×20 honours a few months back, just missed out in the under-14 doubles decider to Stephen Smith and Thomas Donoghue of Cavan.
With Niall Kerr preparing for an All-Ireland masters showdown with the legendary Ducksy Walsh from Kilkenny, and other young Tyrone hopefuls preparing for an All-Ireland assault in the 60×30 championships, there’s still plenty of great handball on the cards before the countdown to Worlds 2012 in October really gathers pace.

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