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Paddy Grogan Tournament A Huge Success

Thursday 08.05.2014
Team Talk Mag



A dramatic weekend of nail biting, quality Handball in Carrickmore climaxed with Team Tyrone (Ryan Mullan, Daniel Kavanagh, Peter Donohue, Aoife Floyd) defeating Team Cork (Johnny Woods, Tadhg O’Neill, Ciaran Cooney, Dearbhla Coleman) in the final to win the 4th Paddy Grogan Memorial.

In total, 24 of the country’s finest juveniles gathered from the four provinces to compete in a team of four aggregate scoring and timed format. The format lends itself to plenty of twists, turns, and unexpected results, with this year being no different.

Saturday Roundup:

Despite the young players adapting to the new scoring format, many players shone with some eye catching performances, providing real entertaining viewing for the spectators. St Joseph’s Daniel Kavanagh edged out Cashel’s Colin Ryan 20-19 in thrilling encounter of attacking Handball. While Team Tyrone captain Ryan Mullan looked irresistible in his home court against Claremorris’s Niall Joyce, prevailing 25-4. Carrickmore’s Darragh Canavan came from behind to snatch victory at the death 16-14 against fellow clubman Lorcan McBride. Fergal Coughlan, having won comfortably in his first game against Ryan Mullan, faced Niall Joyce, needing to overcome an 8 point deficit, but Joyce looked a totally different player this time round as after a slow start he pulled back to draw the game 17-17 and take his team through to the semi-finals.  

Over in Breacach, Cormac Munroe impressively saw off Ciaran Cooney & Sean McAdams, whilst Mallow’s Tadhg O’Neill & Nenagh’s Jerome Cahill played out a cracking 15-15 draw. Ballyporeen’s Jason English produced a mouth watering display of power and killing to defeat Jason Cahill 25-8, whilst Johnny Woods closed out victories over Daniel Hayes and Robert Fox.

On Saturday evening in the Patrician Hall, the Carrickmore club held their 25th Anniversary celebrations, where all the former champions, coaches, committee members etc. gathered for a great evening of entertainment. The club rewarded their many young winners from the past year, with special mention going to our three All-Ireland Champions; Darragh Canavan & Cormac Munroe (U14 Doubles) & Ryan Mullan (Minor Doubles with Breacach’s Johnny Woods). Special guests on the night included Uachtaran GAA Handball Willie Roach and National Manager John Kelly, whom the club were delighted to have in attendance.U12

Sunday Roundup:

Top qualified team in group one Tyrone, faced seconded ranked Meath from group two. Tulla’s Aoife Floyd gave her team a great start as she held club mate, and All-Ireland U14 Champion Bridin Dinane 15-15. Inis Mor’s Peter Donohue was in devastating form all weekend, and his win over Seam McAdams provided the bench mark for his team to seal a final berthing. 

Cork faced Mayo in the other semi-final, and first up was Dearbhla Coleman & Caitriona Millane. Both girls racked up two big wins each on Saturday, but it was Coleman who won out this time 18-11. Sean Kerr’s win over Tadhg O’Neill gave his team a decent chance to qualify, but Cork captain Johnny Woods turned on the style as he closed out a win over Niall Joyce to seal progression.

The U12 Singles Final preceded the main event, which saw Carrickmore club man Cahir Munroe defeat his club man Tiarnan McGarrity in an excellent contest between two young players who have a big future in the game. After the U12 final, the showpiece finalists were then paraded into the court in front of a jammed pack centre. Johnny Woods got his team off to a good start with a small lead, defeating Ryan Mullan 17-11. A big win for Dearbhla Coleman over Aoife Floyd was cancelled out by a big win for Peter Donohue over Ciaran Cooney. So going into the final match of the weekend, Daniel Kavanagh was chasing an eight point lead over Tadhg O’Neill to set the final up nicely. Kavanagh was hugely impressive all weekend, and sealed his 100% record by seeing off O’Neill 25-4. The score line didn’t tell the full story as with four minutes left on the clock, O’Neill was still within five points of gaining victory for his team, but Team Tyrone were overall deserving winners.

The Carrickmore club would like to congratulate all the players for their performances over the course of the competition, the parents and coaches, Breacach HC, the Grogan family, and all invited guests who came to not only celebrate the Paddy Grogan Memorial, but also to celebrate the club’s 25th Anniversary with Saturday nights presentation evening. See below for a full list of results from the weekend.


Three All-Ireland WinnersSection A – Round Robin Results:

Tyrone defeated Clare 70-69

Aoife Floyd (Tyr) 13 – 16 Ciara Mullan (Cla)
Peter Donohue 25 – 9 Lorcan McBride
Daniel Kavanagh 20 – 19 Colin Ryan
Ryan Mullan 12 – 25 Fergal Coughlan

Tyrone defeated Mayo 75 – 47

Aoife Floyd 5 – 25 Caitriona Millane
Peter Donohue 20 – 13 Darragh Canavan
Daniel Kavanagh 25 – 5 Sean Kerr
Ryan Mullan 25 – 4 Niall Joyce 

Mayo defeated Clare 80 – 50

Ciara Mullan 2 – 25 Caitriona Millane
Lorcan McBride 14 – 16 Darragh Canavan
Colin Ryan 17 – 22 Sean Kerr
Fergal Coughlan 17 – 17 Niall Joyce


Section B – Round Robin Results:

Cork defeated Tipperary 63 – 58 

Dearbhla Coleman 25 – 8 Niamh Heffernan
Ciaran Cooney 6 – 25 Cormac Munroe
Tadhg O’Neill 15 – 15 Jerome Cahill
Johnny Woods 17 -10 Daniel Hayes

Cork defeated Meath 83 – 60

Dearbhla Coleman 25 – 7 Bridin Dinane
Ciaran Cooney 16 – 18 Sean McAdams
Tadhg O’Neill 17 – 22 Jason English
Johnny Woods 25 – 13 Robert Fox

Meath defeated Tipperary 73 – 47

Bridin Dinane 25 – 4 Niamh Heffernan
Sean McAdams 7 – 22 Cormac Munroe
Jason English 25 – 8 Jerome Cahill
Robert Fox 16 – 13 Daniel Hayes


Semi-Final Results:

Tyrone defeated Meath 72-44

Aoife Floyd 15-15 Bridin Dinane
Peter Donohue 25-1 Sean McAdams
Daniel Kavanagh 16-14 Jason English
Ryan Mullan 16-14 Robert Fox

Cork defeated Mayo 54-50

Dearbhla Coleman 18-11 Catriona Millane
Ciaran Cooney 8-8 Darragh Canavan
Tadhg O’Neill 7-25 Sean Kerr
Johnny Woods 21-6 Niall Joyce


Tyrone defeated Cork 75-52

Aoife Floyd 4-24 Dearbhla Coleman
Peter Donohue 25-7 Ciaran Cooney
Daniel Kavanagh 25-4 Tadhg O’Neill
Ryan Mullan 11-17 Johnny Woods



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