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Wednesday 18.09.2013
Team Talk Mag
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Conor McElduff continued his rapid progress on the national stage as he captured the All-Ireland 60×30 junior b singles title in Kells last Saturday with an impressive win over Kilkenny’s highly fancied Brendan Burke.
Conor lost an exciting opening game 21-18 but the young Tyrone man has been growing in confidence throughout 2013 and bounced back in fabulous style, claiming a 21-7 win in the second game to set up a tiebreaker.
The Ulster champion then polished off the championship in tremendous fashion, taking the third game on a scoreline of 21-8 to lift the title.
The Breacach player is enjoying a brilliant year, having also claimed the prestigious 19 and under title at the Irish one wall nationals in July, and finishing runner-up in the b singles division in the 40×20 nationals back in April.
Conor now has the All-Ireland 60×30 junior b doubles final to look forward to along with his partner Pol Clarke and once again it will be Kilkenny providing stern opposition. Then it will be back into the 40×20 court for the beginning of the new season and Conor will have his sights set on the Ulster and All-Ireland under-21 championships.
His sister Maeve put up a bold show in the All-Ireand ladies junior singles final in Kells on Saturday before going down to Mayo’s Jennifer Fahy in a great encounter.
Maeve, who was also triumphant in the one wall nationals at 17 and under level in July, lost her opening game by three points, 21-18, before producing some wonderful passages of play to win the second game, 21-11, but it was not to be for the young Tyrone star as the Connacht champion lifted her game in the tiebreaker to emerge with a 21-12 win.
Meanwhile, Pauric Mullan and Eilise McCrory have both made it through to the boys and girls under-15 All-Ireland finals in the ‘big alley’ but there was no joy for Tyrone’s other representatives in the weekend semi-finals in Loughmacrory.
Aoife Kelly lost out in the girls under-16 singles semi-final and Ciara Mullan suffered defeat in the under-14 semi-final, while Aaron Owens and Jack Campbell fell to Limerick in the boys under-17 doubles semi-final.
The unluckiest members of the Tyrone juvenile contingent were Sean Kerr and Niall Allison who endured an agonising 21-19, 21-20 defeat at the hands of Limerick in the boys under-16 doubles semi-final.

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