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Further Tyrone Success

Wednesday 09.11.2016
Team Talk Mag
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Four Omagh students collected gold medals at the All Ireland 60×30 colleges championships in Wexford last weekend as two notable doubles titles came to the county.
The boys intermediate doubles title was claimed in style by Omagh CBS, and the girls junior doubles title was secured by Loreto College Omagh, while Dean Maguirc College from Carrickmore also had representation in Wexford.
The first Tyrone success on Saturday was registered by Breacach’s Elizabeth McGarvey and Carrickmore’s Ciara Mullan who were crowned All Ireland girls junior doubles champions.
The Loreto College partnership defeated St Anne’s Killaloe (Tipperary) in impressive fashion in their semi-final in the morning, and then went on to defeat Presentation Secondary School (Kilkenny) in the All Ireland final, clinching the title with a thrilling 15-14 win in the second game following an emphatic 15-1 win in the opening game.
This was a richly deserved triumph for Ciara and Elizabeth who were runners-up to Kildare three weeks ago in the All Ireland 60×30 under-16 doubles championship. Ciara had also lost the All-Ireland under-16 doubles final in the 40×20 court narrowly back in March.
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Omagh CBS pair Lorcan McBride and Antoin Fox were fancied to do well in the boys intermediate colleges doubles championship in Wexford and they duly lived up to their favourites tag with two brilliant victories over the Munster and Leinster champions.
Antoin and Lorcan clinched Tyrone’s second success of the day at the St Mary’s venue with a stylish 15-5, 15-7 victory over Kilkenny’s Ciaran Cooney and Eoin Regan who were wearing the colours of Castlecomer Community School.
The Loughmacrory/Carrickmore combination had earlier in the day recorded an outstanding 15-2, 15-7 triumph in their semi-final tie against the recently crowned All-Ireland under-16 doubles champions from Cork, Conor Walsh and Cian O’Driscoll.
Saturday’s title success earned Antoin an incredible fifth national title in 2016 across all codes of handball, while Lorcan has added to the All-Ireland under-16 doubles title he collected in the 40×20 court earlier this year alongside Cormac Munroe.
Last season the Omagh CBS duo won the junior doubles title in the 60×30 court and they stepped up to intermediate level with ease this season.
Another Omagh CBS doubles team, Turlough Clarke and Pauric Mullan, lost to eventual champions, Cork’s Tadhg O’Neill and David Walsh, in the boys senior doubles semi-final, while Dean Maguirc pair, Cahir Munroe and Fionntain McNamee, bowed out at the semi-final stage of the boys junior doubles competition.
Caitlin Conway, one of Tyrone’s best hopes of success at the All Ireland one-wall championships this coming weekend, unfortunately had to withdraw from the colleges finals because of injury, while Ciaran Cuddy was also forced to withdraw.
The inaugural All Ireland Wallball championships are set for Mount Talbot this weekend and Tyrone will be representing Ulster in several categories.
Best of luck to all concerned.
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