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Handball Juvenile Finals A Massive Success…

Wednesday 17.04.2013
Team Talk Mag
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There was a brilliant feast of handball in Carrickmore last Sunday as six county juvenile finals were contested in front of a sizeable crowd that was thoroughly entertained by the twelve young finalists from Carrickmore, Loughmacrory and Breacach.
In the end, the six titles were captured by Clodagh Munroe, Caitlin Conway, Lorcan McBride, Ciara Mullan, Maeve McElroy and Eilise McCrory, but the new champions were only crowned after some great battles in which the pendulum could have swung either way in the closing stages.
Carrickmore’s Clodagh Munroe set the ball rolling with her impressive win over Dervla Farley in the girls under-10 singles final, with Clodagh showing that she has picked up many of the skills that have been displayed regularly in the last couple of years by her two older brothers, Cormac and Cahir. Dervla made it a really good game but the first county title of the day went to the host club on a scoreline of 15-8, 15-7.
The under-12 girls final was expected to be a close affair as the Ulster under-12 singles champion, Elizabeth McGarvey from Breacach, took on Loughmacrory’s Caitlin Conway, the provincial under-12 doubles winner.
Elizabeth showed her quality in the opening game as she came from behind to record a 15-10 win, hitting some lovely kill shots along the way, but Caitlin raised her performance superbly in the second game and sent the match to a tiebreaker with a 15-9 scoreline.
The Loughmacrory girl then upped her game even further in the tiebreaker and produced some fantastic handball to beat the pre-match favourite on a scoreline of 15-8.
The under-12 boys singles decider also turned out to be the quality contest that many were expecting as world champion Lorcan McBride faced Loughmacrory’s world one wall gold medalist Dara Curran in a repeat of the county under-10 final from two years ago.
The opening game was point for point for most of the way until the Carrickmore player edged in front and went on to register a 15-10 win, thanks to some brilliant power play and precise passing shots.
Lorcan continued to show why he was the favourite to prevail as he raced into the lead in the second game but the response from his opponent was outstanding as Dara began to produce his best handball, which included a sequence of spectacular kill shots which brought him right back into contention. For a while it looked like a tiebreaker would be required to settle the issue but Lorcan found a bit extra to get over the line in the second game, clinching the title with a 15-13 success.
The under-13 girls final featured Ulster winning under-13 doubles partners, Ciara Mullan and Michaela McCartan, and yet another exciting match was guaranteed.
The opening game showed how evenly matched the two players were but it was Ciara who managed to grab the all important last couple of aces to take a decisive one game advantage.
Michaela bounced back in style in the second game as she began to find her very best form and soon stormed into a commanding lead, but the Breacach player couldn’t quite finish the game off to set up a tiebreaker and Ciara showed amazing character to stage a brilliant comeback.
The Carrickmore player, displaying wonderful skills, brought the second game level at 13 points each and then sealed the title in style with the last two points.
The under-14 girls county final was an all Carrickmore encounter featuring close friends, Eve Loughran and Maeve McElroy, and it turned out to be the closest match of the afternoon as Eve took the opener with three points to spare before Maeve hit back and enjoyed a six point winning margin in the second game.
The two girls gave everything they had in the tiebreaker and they deserve great credit for the entertaining action they served up before Maeve earned herself a county winner’s medal with a narrow 15-13 triumph.
The final match of the day saw Ulster and All-Ireland under-15 singles champion Eilise McCrory make her bid to complete a clean sweep in this age group and she was a hot favourite to add the Tyrone title against Sinead Donnelly.
Sinead is a fine player herself, as she showed when winning the Ulster under-15 doubles title this year, but she was up against a player in magnificent form with a serve that would win points against any opponent. Eilise proceeded to add yet another title to her growing collection as she swept to victory, completing a great day’s handball.
There were still five more county juvenile finals to be played and three were then rescheduled for Tuesday night, with the final two matches taking place next Wednesday night.

TYRONE JUVENILE FINAL RESULTS…

U10 Girls final: Clodagh Munroe (An Charraig Mhór) beat Dervla Farley (Breacach) 15-8, 15-7
U12 Girls final: Caitlin Conway (Loch Mhic Ruairí) beat Elizabeth McGarvey (Breacach) 10-15, 15-9, 15-8
U12 Boys final: Lorcan McBride (An Charraig Mhór) beat Dara Curran (Loch Mhic Ruairí) 15-10, 15-13
U13 Girls final: Ciara Mullan (An Charraig Mhór) beat Michaela McCartan (Breacach) 15-12, 15-13
U14 Girls singles final : Maeve McElroy (An Charraig Mhór) beat Eve Loughran (An Charraig Mhór) 12-15, 15-9, 15-13
U15 Girls singles final: Eilise McCrory (Breacach) beat Sinead Donnelly (Loch Mhic Ruairí) 15-3, 15-1

REMAINING TYRONE JUVENILE FINALS…
U10 Boys singles final: Ruairi Canavan (An Charraig Mhór) v Lorcan McGarrity (An Charraig Mhór)
U13 Boys singles final: Cormac Munroe (An Charraig Mhór) v Antoin Fox (Loch Mhic Ruairí)
U14 Boys singles final: Turlough Clarke (Breacach) v Ciaran Cuddy (An Charraig Mhór)
U15 Boys singles final: Tiarnan McCrystal (Breacach) v Ciaran Daly (An Charraig Mhór)
U16 BOYS Singles Final: Sean Kerr (Breacach) v Niall Allison (An Charraig Mhór)

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