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O’Neill And Mc Elduff Seeking All Ireland Handball Glory
The long wait for Shane O Neill finally comes to an end when he meets Cork’s Brendan Fleming in The All Ireland junior Singles Final in Mullingar on Sunday exactly one month after he overcame Paul Lambert [Wexford] the long time favourite for the title in the semi final. O’Neill has made a concerted effort since early June in an attempt to secure his first All Ireland in the 60×30 court and Sunday will tell if all his hard work was worthwhile. The long delay between semi-final will have done neither O’ Neill nor Fleming any favours but it is certain that the Tyrone man will have used the time to step up his training schedule. O’Neill will not be beaten for fitness or determination and his practice sessions with the legendary Tom Sheridan and current senior champion Robbie Mc Carthy should ensure that he is well ready for Sunday’s clash. Fleming is a dangerous opponent who already holds a victory over O Neill but that was achieved on the 40×20 court and the Brackey clubman is confident of getting his revenge this weekend. The 4 match programme starts at 1pm and with Shane’s match scheduled to be the last game it will be around 3pm before play gets underway.
Maeve Renews Ni Churraoin Rivalry
Once again Maeve McElduff sees her path to an All Ireland title blocked by the formidable talents of Galway girl Ciana Ni Churraoin. Maeve’s Under 16 singles final is on immediately before the O Neill/ Fleming clash and she will be hopeful of closing the gap on the brilliant Connacht champion. Maeve has been inching closer and 2 excellent displays in the One Wall Nationals will have given her increased confidence. At just 15 years of age both girls are streets ahead of their nearest competitors and although Ni Churraoin enters the contest as clear favourite a strong showing by the Brackey girl will consolidate her position as the only real challenger on the scene.