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Two more Ulster titles for Tyrone as O’Neill does the double…

Tuesday 26.02.2013
Team Talk Mag
Club


Tyrone’s impressive run in the 2013 Ulster 40×20 championships continued on Sunday evening as Shane O’Neill completed a superb double in the intermediate championships when he teamed up with Carrickmore’s Gary McCrory to capture the provincial intermediate doubles title in Tydavnet.
A week after despatching Cavan’s James Brady emphatically in the singles decider, the Breacach star denied Brady and Patrick Clerkin with a 21-16, 21-16 triumph as he booked a second All-Ireland semi-final appearance in March against the Munster champions.
Barry Devlin’s quest to secure the double in the junior grade was foiled on Sunday afternoon as the new junior singles champion, partnered by Carrickmore’s Ryan Daly, suffered a 21-18, 21-14 reversal at the hands of Monaghan’s Terry Kiernan and James Gavaghan.
The sides were level on numerous occasions throughout an intriguing opening game before the Monaghan pair snatched the decisive last three aces to grab an advantage which they never looked like surrendering in the second game.
And the junior final defeat was Tyrone’s second of the day in Truagh as Finbarr Fullen and Kenny Curran lost out to Cavan’s Jimmy McKeown and Brendan McCormack in the masters b doubles final.
The Loughmacrory duo looked to be heading for a first game win when they carved out a 17-13 lead with some fine attacking play but a couple of missed chances let the Breffni men back into it and they took the opener with four points to spare before powering to victory in the second.
Tyrone’s second doubles title of the weekend came in the over 35b category on Sunday evening as Martin Toner and Conal Curran emerged with the spoils from an all-Tyrone clash with Rory Grogan and Seamus McCrory.
The Loughmacrory pair got off to a great start and after being pegged back by the Carrickmore/Breacach combination, they pulled away again for a 21-10 win in the opener, and they never looked back in the second game to take the title.
The minor doubles final was also scheduled for Sunday evening in Beragh but had to be postponed and is likely to be rearranged for this weekend. Whichever way it goes, a Tyrone success as guaranteed as recent Ulster minor singles winner, Gabhainn McCrystal and his partner Pol Clarke put their title on the line against Patrick McCrory and Johnny Woods.
The minor doubles will take Tyrone’s tally for the Ulster adult championships to nine singles and three doubles tites in 2013, which represents a very significant haul.
The Ulster singles champions will meet their Munster conterparts in the All-Ireland semi-finals on 9/10 March and the doubles semi-finals will take place on 23/24 March.
Tyrone will be represented in the singles semi-finals by Shane O’Neill (intermediate), Barry Devlin (junior), Gabhain McCrystal (minor), Mark McCullagh (junior b), Maeve McElduff (minor girls), Lisa McAleer (ladies intermediate), Rory Grogan (over 35b), Niall Kerr (masters a) and Kenny Curran (silver masters b).
Tyrone will also feature in the minor, intermediate and over 35b All-Ireland doubles semi-finals against Munster, but firstly the Ulster minor doubles champions have to be sorted out.

Ulster Handball Championships…
Doubles Finals -Sunday 24th February

Minor Doubles – Pól Clarke & Gabhain McCrystal (Tyrone) v Patrick McCrory & Johnny Woods (Tyrone) – postponed (to be rearranged)
Over 35 B Doubles – Conal Curran & Martin Toner (Tyrone) beat Seamus McCrory & Rory Grogan (Tyrone) 21-10, 21-3
Masters B Doubles – Jimmy McKeown & Brendan McCormack (Cavan) beat Finbarr Fullen & Kenny Curran (Tyrone) 21-17, 21-7
Junior Doubles – Terry Kiernan & James Gavaghan (Monaghan) beat Barry Devlin & Ryan Daly (Tyrone) 21-18, 21-14
Intermediate Doubles – Shane O’Neill & Gary McCrory (Tyrone) beat James Brady & Patrick Clerkin (Cavan) 21-16, 21-16

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