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Nine All-Ireland semis this weekend for Tyrone’s Ulster champions…

Wednesday 06.03.2013
Team Talk Mag

As the top juvenile handballers from Tyrone stake their claim for provincial honours in Kingscourt this Saturday, there will also be nine Tyrone players on All-Ireland semi-final duty over the weekend as the national adult 40×20 championships reach the penultimate stage.
Six of the Tyrone players who will be facing champions of Munster have the bonus of home advantage and there are some superb fixtures lined up for Beragh and Loughmacrory this weekend.
The Beragh programme of games begins on Friday night as Gabhainn McCrystal takes on the brilliant talent of Clare’s Colin Crehan in what promises to be a scintillating minor singles semi-final. Crehan is the reigning world 17 and under champion but Gabhainn is arguably producing the best handball of his career and with home advantage will fancy his chances.
The high quality action continues in Beragh on Sunday as Maeve McElduff, Rory Grogan and Shane O’Neill bid for All-Ireland final places against  renowned opponents from Limerick, Cork and Tipperary.
Maeve’s clash with Limerick’s Martina McMahon is a repeat of the recent All-Ireland senior colleges final won by the Munster girl, although Maeve was victorious when the two girls met in the world one-wall semi-final back in October.
Shane O’Neill also has a tough battle on his hands against well known Tipperary player, Ger Coonan, but this game will also go to the wire and Shane has every chance of prevailing.
And Rory faces a difficult assignment against Dale Cusack but will compete strongly against the Cork player.
Loughmacrory will host two games on Sunday involving the home club’s Lisa McAleer and Mark McCullagh, who both face stern tests against opposition from Clare and Cork.
Lisa takes on Clare’s Lisa Loughnane in the All-Ireland intermediate semi-final, hoping to go a step further than last year, while Mark has Corkman John Casey to try and negotiate in the junior b singles semi-final.
Three of Tyrone’s All-Ireland semi-finalists will have much further to go to fulfil their big games this weekend. Niall Kerr will be in Cashel to face David Moloney in the All-ireland masters semi-final and Kenny Curran must travel to Broadford in Limerick to tackle Denis McCarthy from the home club in the silver masters b semi-final.
But Barry Devlin has the longest journey of all as he must head to Liscarroll in Cork for his All-Ireland junior singles semi-final aganst Shane Hedigan. It will certainly be a big challenge for Barry but the Breacach man is playing very well and will be quietly confident of upsetting the Corkman in his own backyard.

2013 All-Ireland 40×20 Singles Semi-Finals
Munster v Ulster

Friday March 8th at Beragh 6pm
Minor Singles – Gabhain McCrystal Tyrone v Colin Crehan Clare

Saturday March 9th at Cashel, Tipperary 6pm
Masters A Singles – David Moloney Tipperary v Niall Kerr Tyrone

Saturday March 9th at Liscarroll, Cork 2pm
Junior Singles – Shane Hedigan Cork v Barry Devlin Tyrone

Saturday March 9th at Broadford, Limerick 5pm
Silver Masters B Singles – Denis McCarthy Limerick v Kenny Curran Tyrone

Sunday March 10th at Beragh 1pm
Ladies Minor Singles – Maeve McElduff Tyrone v Martina McMahon Limerick
Over 35 B Singles – Rory Grogan Tyrone v Dale Cusack Cork
Intermediate Singles – Shane O’Neill Tyrone v Ger Coonan Tipperary

Sunday March 10th at Loughmacrory 2pm
Ladies Intermediate Singles – Lisa McAleer Tyrone v Lisa Loughnane Clare
Junior B Singles – Mark McCullagh Tyrone v John Casey Cork


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