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Sean Kerr Going Well In Chicago

Saturday 30.12.2017
Team Talk Mag
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Sean Kerr is one step away from claiming the prestigious 19 and under singles title at the US junior national championships in Chicago following a brilliant semi final win over the highly rated number 2 seed Coleman McGrath.
Sean lost his opening game on a scoreline of 21-11 and he looked to have a huge task on his hands to turn the match around but he found an extra gear to clinch a thrilling 21-18 win in the second game.
There was no stopping the Breacach ace when he was back on level terms and he surged clear in the tiebreaker to secure his place in the US decider on a scoreline of 11-4. The match lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes in total.
Sean will now feature in today’s showpiece final at the junior nationals and he will incredibly face his friend and doubles partner, Cork’s Tadhg O’Neill, who overcame the challenge of number one seed Anthony Sullivan to set up an all Irish title clash.
The 19 and under singles final, which is a repeat of the 2016 All Ireland minor singles final, will take place on Saturday at 4pm (Irish time) and what a contest it promises to be.
The Tyrone star will be attempting to emulate Ciaran Curran, Caolan Daly and Gabhain McCrystal and bring this famous title home to Tyrone once again.
Sean had earlier recorded a fantastic 21-18, 21-6 quarter final win over Luis Bustos in the US national junior championships to set up his meeting with the talented Coleman McGrath from San Francisco in the last four.
Sean and Tadhg O’Neill have also teamed up together in America ti go for the 19 and under doubles title.
The 19 and under boys singles is the most competitive and most prestigious grade at the US junior nationals and there have been some great games at the impressive Lattof YMCA complex in Des Plaines, Illinois.

Meanwhile, Carrickmore siblings Cahir and Clodagh Munroe are currently in Cork for the annual Tim Healy Memorial tournament in Liscarrol which runs from 27th December through to 1st January.
This very popular event has become one of the leading juvenile tournaments on the handball calendar and attracts many of the best young players in Ireland each year.
There are four titles up for grabs once again and Cahir has already qualified for the semi finals of the boys 15 and under singles competition where he will meet Seanie Doyle from Clare.
Clodagh has already participated in the girls 15 and under singles event and acquitted herself really well before losing narrowly to Kilkenny’s Roisin O’Keefe in the quarter finals.
But Clodagh will now be taking part in her own age group and will begin her title challenge today (Saturday) in the girls 13 and under category.
Best wishes to the Carrickmore duo as they fly the flag for Tyrone in Liscarrol.

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