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Five is the Magic Number for Carrickmore Handballers

Wednesday 24.10.2012
Team Talk Mag

The World Handball Championships, hosted spectacularly in the City West hotel in Dublin, will be forever remembered within the annals of An Charraig Mhor Handball Club. The Club had previously won seven World titles and this time round our players gave of their best efforts to build upon that impressive number. A target of at least another one title was set for the club prior to the descent to Dublin but this was surpassed in exquisite fashion as triple gold winner Lorcan Mc Bride ,Ciara Mullan and Niall Allison  substantially added to Carrickmore’s previous World title haulage. The five World titles were claimed between both codes; two in the 40×20 court and three in the One Wall grades to become the most successful championships the Club has ever had in its short 20 year life span.

Undoubtedly , the achievement of Lorcan Mc Bride was the pinnacle of the weekend for our Club. He created his own piece of history  by lifting 3 World titles, two in the 40×20 court and one in the One Wall; a feat unrivalled in both the Club and county. Lorcan was victorious in the 40×20 singles and later claimed the doubles with Monaghan’s Eoin McGinnity. The 11 and Under One Wall final saw a face off against Cian O’Driscoll from Mallow and with another superb performance, Lorcan won in two straight games to complete his hat trick of golds.  Lorcan also collected a silver in the One wall Doubles to polish off an incredible 10 days of handball.

Ciara Mullan, the only female representative in the Club, made history by partnering  Clann Eireann’s Dearbhla Coleman to lift the 11 and Under girls One Wall doubles under the guidance of coach and father Martin Mullan. The two Ulster girls impressed throughout the tournament and were deserved winners in the tie breaker against Leixlip rivals Leah Doyle and Molly Dagg. Ciara also won a silver medal in the u13 40 x 20 doubles .

Niall Allison, one of the top juvenile One Wall players in the country, paired with Clare`s Fergal Coughlan to claim the 15 and Under One Wall doubles title. In the run up to the final the duo faced strong pairings from Belgium and Limerick to defeat Roscommon’s  Lydon and  Conneely in two straight games. Niall’s performance in the One Wall semi- final  against Puerto Rica ’s  Juan Matinez   was phenomenal and had spectators clinging on to every shot.

Several other players produced exceptional performances throughout the championship to be narrowly defeated in the Final showdowns. In the 13 and Under One Wall doubles, two of the Clubs up and coming stars Cormac Munroe and Darragh Canavan lost out to a strong pairing from Leitrim. Patrick Mc Crory who partnered Monaghan’s Darren Doherty lost out to one of Ireland’s strongest underage doubles team in Colin Corbett and Niall Bolton. In the Mens 23 and Under Caolan Daly produced some fantastic performances to overcome long term rivals CJ Fitzpatrick and Stephen Cooney on route to final, where he unfortunately fell short to Clare’s Dairmuid Nash. Other players who represented  the Club well were Ronan Mc Kay, Brian Conway, Pauric  Mullan, Conor keenan,   Conor &  Luke Kelly,  Padraig Begley,  Ciaran Cuddy,  Fintan Mc Namee, Lorcan & Tiernan Mc Garrity, Cathair Munroe,  Ruairi Canavan,  Conor Mc Caughey , Lochran & Dearcan O Donnghaile,  Aaron Donnelly,Ryan and Darragh Daly, Michael Donnelly, Maurice Kelly, Gerard Munroe, Paddy Mc Crory (snr), Eunan & Ruairi Loughran,  Marty Mullan, Ruairi Grogan, Ciaran ,Barry &,Conor Daly.

The 2012 World Handball Championships will be remembered by handballers all over the globe as one of the greatest spectacles ever seen in handball history. Three Tyrone men played a huge part in the planning, running and overall success of the tournament – congratulations go to Chris Curran, Darragh Daly and Eugene Maguire.

The Club would like to extend sincere thanks to all our coaches for the time and huge effort afforded in preparation for the Worlds. Also, to the parents , for their support and commitment.

A special thanks to Sean Fullerton for his help to our club players throughout the championships.

All sights will now focus on the upcoming All Ireland championships as we prepare for Canada in 2015.


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