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GAA Handball Ulster Finals News

Tuesday 25.02.2020
Team Talk Mag
Club


TYRONE CELEBRATE MASSIVE SUCCESS IN PROVINCIAL FINALS
Saturday 22rd and Sunday 24th saw Breacach play host to the Ulster Finals
with a whopping 35 games being played at the impressive venue.
The adults kicked off the action on Saturday with the first title going to Loughmacrory’s Mairead Fox in the highly competitive Ladies Minor category. Mairead retained her Minor Champion status defeating Armagh’s Cailiosa Ni Dhuill in two straight games.
Next up were winning doubles partners Michelle Warren and Michaela McCartan from Breacach. The Mother-Daughter duo were both seeking victory in the Ladies Junior grade. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be for Michelle as Michaela’s tactical play and great shots proved too difficult for her Mother as she booked her place in the All Ireland Semi Final.
Gabhain McCrystall (Breacach) was a very strong contender in the Mens Junior grade. Gabhain faced Cavan’s Cormac McMahon and was taken to the third game. Gabhain won the first 21-13 and narrowly lost the second 21-18, stepping it up a notch in the third game Gabhain was crowned Ulster Champion with a scoreline of 21-8.
In a repeat of last year’s Silver Masters B Final, Shane Kelly a Loughmacrory native representing Saval, County Down faced Breacach’s Seamus McCrory. Seamus took the honours in two games 21-16, 21-10.
Daire Savage(Down) contended the U21 grade against Turlough Clarke. Both games finished on a very close scoreline 21-18, 21-18 in favour of the Breacach player.
The Ladies Junior B was also contested by two Tyrone players. Clare Conway(Loughmacrory) retained her Junior B Ulster Title against Carrickmore’s Ciara Mullan in two games.
The final Tyrone game of the day was recently crowned National Champion Ryan Mullan making a play for the Intermediate Provincial Title against Monaghan’s Gavin Coyle. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be for the Carrickmore player on this occasion losing out to a very strong opponent.
Juvenile action kicked off on Sunday morning at 10am and continued through to 5pm that evening. Throughout the day there were some fantastic displays of handball with 20 gold medals and 11 silver medals remaining in Tyrone. Carrickmore dual star Cahir Munroe was deprived of his Ulster Minor Title by last year’s All Ireland winner Eoghan McGinnity from Monaghan.
The U16 girls category were all Carrickmore girls. Clodagh Munroe in the Singles and Cloda McNamee and Aoibheann Daly in the Doubles. Both teams won with plenty to spare and now go on to face very strong Kilkenny and Wexford players respectively in the All Ireland Semi Finals.
Loughmacrory brother and sister Ruairi and Lucy McCullagh both celebrated success in the Boys U14 Singles and Girls U12 Singles. Both had notable wins and will hopefully carry on their fine form against Kilkenny and Wexford in the next stage.
Boys U12 Doubles team Tarlach Tracey(Greencastle) and Ben McGarvey (Breacach) faced tough Monaghan opposition and won by the narrowest of margins after a very exciting game.
Keeva Owens (Breacach) and Laura Duff (Loughmacrory) secured their place against Kilkenny in the All Ireland Semi Final after an emphatic win over Cavan in the Girls U14 Doubles.
Killyclogher girls Karla Corcoran and Aoibheann Gallagher both claimed victories with their partners. Karla teamed up with Greencastle’s Alice Mc Glinchey as they beat Cavan convincingly in the U12 Doubles.
In the U17 Doubles Aoibheann and partner Bronagh Farley (Breacach) lost out on the first game 21-20 after having a comfortable lead. The girls also pulled ahead in the second game but the tenacious Monaghan duo kept clawing it back. A tactical change in serves contributed to their 11-9 win in the hard fought third game.
Breacach girls Molly Darcy and Aoife Kerr struggled in the first game with Monaghan’s excellent serves, but battled their way back in securing their place against Kilkenny in the Girls U15 Doubles All Ireland Semi Final.
Boys U13 Singles glory was claimed by Carrickmore’s Shea Munroe. Shea defeated his Monaghan opponent 15-10,15-4 and will now face Kilkenny in the All Ireland Semi Final.
Pomeroy’s Martin Coyle and Breacach’s Ruairi Kerr faced Monaghan in the U14 Doubles. The serving skills and power of the Tyrone duo proved too much for their Monaghan opposition and they now meet Kilkenny opposition in the next round.
Ciaran Mc Nally and Darragh Nixon both from Breacach had a tough encounter with Monaghan in the U17 Doubles. Tyrone lost the first 13-21. Lifting their game, Darragh and Ciaran secured their place in the All Ireland Semi Final winning the third game 11-2.
Unfortunately not everyone were winners, with some of our young players losing out to some outstanding competitors.
Eoghan Mullin from Breacach won his first game 15-7 and narrowly lost the second. Eoghan Monaghan opposition prevailed and denied this future star victory in the U12 Singles.
Another strong contender was Loughmacrory’s Eoin McElholm in the U15 Singles, who narrowly lost out to Fiachra O Duill from Armagh after two great games.
Pomeroy players Sean Kennedy and Ryan McCallan put in a valiant effort in the Boys U13 Doubles. Their Monaghan opponents took the honours in the third game.
Killian Kerr(Breacach) /Thomas Duff (Loughmacrory), and Conor Fox( Loughmacrory) /John McGlinchey (Greencastle) were Ulster Runners Up to exceptional Cavan teams in U15 & U16 Doubles.
Girls U13 Doubles Cara McCrory (Breacach) /Laura Delaney (Pomeroy) and Rebecca McGarvey U15 Singles were also awarded Ulster Runners Up medals after some very difficult games.
Good luck to the Adults who face Minster and the Juveniles who face Leinster in the All Ireland Semi Finals in two weeks.
Caislin Tracey from Greencastle still has U14 Singles to be played, Loughmacrory’s Gary McAleer had to withdraw from U16 Singles due to injury.
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