There were mixed fortunes for the large contingent of young Tyrone players who were in action in Saturday’s packed programme of Ulster juvenile finals in Kingscourt.
Tyrone recorded some impressive victories on the day and among the first time provincial winners were the under-12 trio of Cormac Munroe, Antoin Fox and Ronan Curran.
Carrickmore player Munroe collected his first Ulster title when he defeated Monaghan’s Caolan Myles in an entertaining under-12 singles final, Cormac having to come from behind to secure the opening game 15-13, before taking control early in the second and winning in two straight games.
There was also great joy for Loughmacrory pair, Ronan Curran and Antoin Fox, who had a tricky opening spell against Monaghan’s Justas Dambinskas and Eoghan McGinnity, but they settled to the task well and won the first game 15-8, before pulling away impressively in the second game to secure the under-12 doubles title.
Tyrone also had Ulster champions crowned in many of the other doubles categories, including Matthew McCartan and Shane McCrystal at under-14 level, Jack Campbell and Pauric Mullan in the under-15 grade, and the highly fancied pairing of Johnny Woods and Ryan Mullan at under-16.
Emer Kerr and Ciara Mullan enjoyed a great win in the girls under-12 doubles decider and the girls’ provincial under-16 doubles title was secured by the strong Brackey/Loughmacrory combination of Maeve McElduff and Aoife Kelly.
There are still some Ulster finals which have to be played, with Sean Kerr (under-14) and Turlough Clarke (under-13) hoping to add two more singles titles to the Tyrone roll of honour.
ULSTER JUVENILE FINAL RESULTS…
U12 singles – Cormac Munroe bt Caolan Myles 15-13 15-5
U12 doubles – Ronan Curran and Antoin Fox bt Justas Dambinskas and Eoghain McGinnity 15-9 15-1
U12 singles – Michaela McCartan lost to Dearbhla Coleman 9-15 2-15
U12 doubles – Emer Kerr and Ciara Mullan bt Michaela McCambridge and Michaela McConaghy 15-9 15-9
U13 singles – Elizabeth McGarvey lost to Megan McCann 13-15 8-15
U13 doubles – Ciaran Cuddy and Tiernan McAleer lost to Aaron and Ryan Moohan 6-15 10-15
U14 doubles – Matthew McCartan and Shane McCrystal bt Jordan Murtagh and Eoghain Heaney 15-9 15-5
U14 singles – Eilise McCrory lost to Niamh Coleman 2-15 12-15
U15 doubles – Jack Campbell and Pauric Mullan bt Gavin Coyle and Mark McDonnell 15-0 15-4
U16 singles – Niall Allison lost to Eugene McGeough 3-15 4-15
U16 doubles – Johnny Woods and Ryan Mullan bt Ramunas Ramauskas and Conal McKenna 21-14 21-14
U17 doubles – Luke Kelly and Mattie McSorley lost to Pat Havern and Stephen Digney 2-21 19-21
U16 doubles – Maeve McElduff and Aoife Kelly bt Seana McCracken and Alice Loughran
ULSTER FINALS STILL TO BEPLAYED…
U14 singles Sean Kerr v Conor Leonard
U13 singles Turlough Clarke v Niall Mooney
U15 doubles Patricia McDonald and Lucy McGeary v Meabh McMahon and Dearbhla Cooney
U17 singles Zara Girvan v Emma McKernan
U17 doubles Michaela McNamee and Michaela McGuigan v Paula McGrory and Majella Bradley