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LOUGHMACRORY DIVISION 1 HANDBALL FEILE NA NGAEL CHAMPIONS

Monday 17.06.2019
Team Talk Mag
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Saturday 15th of June saw three teams make the long Journey from Tyrone down to Cork venues to compete in the annual Feile Na nGael tournament.

Loughmacrory were lucky to have two teams participating and Breacach also had a team entered.

Loughmacrory’s first group consisted of recent All Ireland Under 14 Champion Gary McAleer, teaming up with Eoin McElholm, Ruairi McCullagh and Dearbhail Fox. This team coached by Kenny Curran travelled to Fermoy to compete in Division 1.

Competing in Division 2 and being coached by Seamus McCrory and Conor Kerr, te Breacach team of Ruairi Kerr, Killian Kerr, Fionn McCrory and Sean McCann travelled to Boherbue to take part in their section.

Conor Duff and Barry Fox coached the Loughmacrory second team in Conna. Eoin Donaghy, Enda Donaghy, Padraig Fox, Padraig McDonald and Thomas Duff competed in Division 3 in this tournament.

There is also a skills division in the Feile Na nGael and congratulations go to Ruairi Kerr from Breacach who took third place in this tough category. Gary McAleer and Thomas Duff also represented their clubs in this.

Breacach’s team in Division 2 were plate runners up after some very tight games with some terrific displays from all of the young players. Breacach lost out by the narrowest of margins in any of the losing games but enjoyed their experience and still have three out of the four players eligible to compete again next year.

The stars of the show this weekend were the Loughmacrory Division 1 team. Loughmacrory faced KIngscourt in this thrilling final. Eoin McElholm and Dearbhail Fox teamed up in the first game and came out behind 21-6. With a comfortable lead Kingscourt’s All Ireland U14 Doubles Champions went in to face Gary McAleer and Ruairi McCullagh and after a very exciting game the Loughmacrory duo won 21-4 making them the eventual Division 1 Feile na nGael champions on a scoreline of 27-25. This is the third Division 1 Feile title for Loughmacrory.

Well done to everyone who took part in one of the largest Feile na nGael tournaments to date with over 400 games played between 78 teams.

The next big events on the Handball Calendar are the Ulster OneWall Tournament being hosted by Loughmacrory on the 29th -30th June and The Irish Wall Ball Nationals in Castlebar on the 5-7 th July. All are online entires and deadlines are fast approaching.
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