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Historic year continues for Tyrone handballers…

Saturday 18.08.2012
Team Talk Mag

Tyrone’s historic year in handball continued today when the county’s top juvenile players brought an amazing total of four All-Ireland 60×30 titles back to the county, a record haul of 60×30 juvenile titles in one season.
Having won four national titles in the 40×20 championships earlier this year, another record, Tyrone have created more history in the 60×30 championships by claiming victory in four of the eleven finals staged today.
Tyrone (4), Kilkenny (3), Galway (3) and Wexford were the winners of Saturday’s games with three finals still to be decided. Sean Kerr, Johnny Woods, Ryan Mullan, Maeve McElduff, Aoife Kelly, Pol Clarke and Gabhainn McCrystall were the players who made it all possible in St Macartan’s Monaghan.
For the latter pair, today’s win was deserved compensation for their agonising one-point All-Ireland minor final defeat in the 40×20 court back in May.
Special mention must go to Sean Kerr who is now the national singles champion in his age group for 40×20, one wall and 60×30, which is a truly outstanding achievement.
And Johnny Woods and Ryan Mullan have now completed a brilliant All-Ireland double in 2012 by adding the under-16 doubles title in the 60×30 court to the same title in 40×20. Maeve McElduff and Aoife Kelly have completed the very same double in the girls under-16 doubles category, and they did it in style.
Well done again to this fantastic bunch of young handballers who have once again done their county proud.
And very hard luck to Jack Campbell and Aaron Owens who were just denied another famous win in the boys under-15 doubles final, losing to former Kilkenny legend DJ Carey’s son.

(Tyrone results only)

BU14S: Tyrone (Sean Kerr) beat Kilkenny (Roy Cullen) 15-1, 15-6

BU16D: Tyrone (Johnny Wood /Ryan Mullan) beat Tipperary (Padraic O’Donoghue/Daniel Hayes) 6-21, 21-17, 11-9

BU17D: Tyrone (Pól Clarke/Gabhainn McCrystal) beat Limerick (Shane Murphy/Denis Donegan) 21-3, 21-15

BU15D: Kilkenny (Sean Carey / Dylan Caulfield) beat Tyrone (Jack Campbell & Aaron Owens) 15-11, 15-14

GU16D: Tyrone (Aoife Kelly/Maeve McElduff) beat Kildare (Áine O Keeffe/Kate Dagg) 21-3, 21-6



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