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Latest Handball News

Wednesday 28.11.2012
Team Talk Mag
Club


The All-Ireland club handball championships will be staged in Galway this weekend, with all four national 40×20 competitions played to a finish, and Tyrone will be represented in three of the four categories. The best chance of an All-Ireland title lies with Brackey in the intermediate division. Ruairi Kelly and Shane O’Neill are two of the strongest intermediate players in the country and know what it takes to win on the national stage, while Barry Devlin has been in superb form recently, reaching the world B singles final, and Barney Corcoran offers tons of experience. The big challenge on Saturday will come from the host club Williamstown and from Cork representatives Liscarroll. Barry Devlin will also be one of three players in contention for the Tyrone handballer of the year award at the Teamtalk awards banquet in Bundoran tomorrow night (Friday), the others being Carrickmore’s Caolan Daly and Loughmacrory’s Ciaran Curran, who reached the world under-23 and over-35 singles finals respectively last month. Brackey pair Sean Kerr and Maeve McElduff are in the running for the young player of the year award after both enjoyed magnificent seasons. Meanwhile, Brackey will also represent Tyrone in the All-Ireland junior championship this weekend, and once again the club will go into battle with high hopes of doing well. It’s a young team which includes All-Ireland minor doubles runners-up Pol Clarke and Gabhainn McCrsytall, and All-Ireland under-16 doubles champion Johnny Woods, a recent gold medal winner at the world championships. At just 19 years old, Conor McElduff is the most experienced member of the team and the chances of success will depend greatly on Conor’s form in Williamstown. Brackey must come through a tough section, which includes Tipperary champions Cashel and Mayo outfit Bofield, in order to reach the knockout stages. Loughmacrory will carry the Tyrone flag in the All-Ireland junior b club championship in Galway City and they will certainly have to negotiate a tough group to progress to the semi-finals, with Meath champions Kells and Limerick flag bearers Broadford standing in the way. The Lough team, which defeated Carrickmore on a scoreline of 57-32 in the county final last week, will comprise Joseph Kelly, Paul Donnelly, Finbarr Fullen and Kenny Curran. The Tyrone adult handball championships will now commence in the middle December and the final deadline for all entries is 7th December. The four competitions are open singles, over-35 singles, b singles and c singles, and all four categories will be played off over a couple of weekends, concluding on the first weekend of January with a finals weekend. It will not have a straight knockout format with everybody guaranteed several matches. The adult doubles competitions are pencilled in for the weekend of 11/12/13th January and a £10 entry fee covers both singles and doubles – all players are asked to enter with your club secretary by 7th December in order to take part. The county underage championships will take place on the last two weekends of January, beginning 18/19/20th January, and then concluding on the first weekend of February. The deadline for all entries is 4th January. Please note that the deadline for entry to the 2013 Ulster championships is also this weekend. Finally, the Tyrone Development squad training is due to begin in mid-December and clubs must nominate players before the Tyrone handball AGM which is scheduled to take place on Thursday 6th December in Beragh at 8.30pm.

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