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Tyrone players thriving in Ulster one wall championships…

Saturday 01.06.2013
Team Talk Mag

Many of Tyrone’s star players will feature prominently in the concluding stages of the 2013 Ulster One Wall championships which are guaranteed to produce lots of compelling action in St Ciaran’s College, Ballygawley, on Sunday.
Following a huge day of handball in the first ever provincial one-wall championships throughout Saturday, all the main competitions have now reached the semi-final stage and there are some very attractive fixtures lined up in St Ciaran’s on Sunday as the various Ulster championships head towards an exciting climax.
The Mens Open title race has two gripping semi-finals in store, including an all Tyrone affair involving Darragh Daly and Conor McElduff, two players who are among the best in Ireland in the one wall game.
Darragh, fresh from winning the mens open title in the presitgious Inis Mor tournament, is a seasoned one-waller and will be favourite to prevail against last year’s Irish 19 & under finalist but Conor, who impressively defeated Monaghan’s Ulster under-21 40×20 champion Terry McElvaney on Saturday, is a brilliant exponent of the one wall game and will push Darragh all the way.
The winner of this semi-final meets one of Armagh’s big guns, James Doyle or Conall McCavvitt, the two players who met in the Williamstown mens open singles final last weekend, McCavitt winning a thriller 11-9 in the tiebreaker.
Maeve McElduff, Conor’s sister, will fly the Tyrone flag in the womens open event but will be up against two of the leading players in Ireland, world 40×20 champion Aisling Reilly from Belfast and Down’s Irish champion Lorraine Havern, the number one seed in the ladies one wall game. Maeve has the potential to become a major player on the women’s one wall circuit and she is ready for her first serious test against top level opposition.
Tyrone will be fancied to take the Ulster mens b title but it could be one of three strong Tyrone challengers, Patrick McCrory, Gabhain McCrystal or Pol Clarke, while Eamon McCrory has three formidable Down men to contend with in the closing stages of the mens c championship.
Niall Kerr is in along with two Down men plus Armagh’s Peadar McMahon, his next opponent, in the Ulster masters semi-finals and will fancy his chances of going all the way. The masters plate final will involve two Tyrone men, Mark McCartan and Tony McElduff.
In the underage competitions, Tyrone players will be very much to the fore on Sunday, particularly at under-14 and under-16 level where both semi-finals line-ups are made up of young Tyrone stars.
In the under-14 grade, Cormac Munroe meets Carrickmore clubmate Ciaran Cuddy in one semi-final, with Loughmacrory’s Antoin Fox taking on Turlough Clarke from Breacach in the second semi-final.
And at under-16 level, three talented Breacach players have their sights on the Ulster title, Jack Campbell, Aaron Owens and Sean Kerr, with the latter meeting Carrickmore’s star one wall player Niall Allison at the semi-final stage.
The boys under-12 semi-finals will also be high quality, with two Tyrone v Monaghan ties on the card, Lorcan McBride and Dara Curran facing Jakub Szkup and Eoghan McGinnity respectively.
The under-12 girls semi-finals will also be high on quality as Armagh’s world champion Dearbhla Coleman meets Loughmacrory’s Caitlin Conway in one semi-final and Irish nationals 40×20 champion Elizabeth McGarvey will take on last week’s Williamstown title winner, Loughmacrory’s Mairead Fox.
Tyrone will be represented in the under-14 girls semi-finals by Michaela McCartan, with three fine Armagh players vying for the same title, while Aoife Kelly and the in-form Elise McCrory will both be aiming for the under-16 provincial title, with world champion Niamh Coleman to negotiate.
All in all there are some outstanding games on the menu for Sunday, with lots of additional action lined up in all the plate competitions, and it promises to be a fruitful day for Tyrone handball.
The proceedings will get underway at 10am with a packed semi-final programme. Please note that times below are approximate.

Mens Open singles semi-finals:
Darragh Daly v Conor McElduff (10am)
James Doyle v Conal McCavitt (10.20am)

Mens B singles semi-finals:
Colum Shanks v Pol Clarke (12pm)
Gabhain McCrystal v Patrick McCrory (12.20pm)

Mens C singles semi-finals:
Richard McNally v Martin Turley (11.20am)
Sean Digney v Eamon McCrory (11.40am)

Masters singles semi-finals:
Sean McNally v Brian Havern (10.40am)
Peadar McMahon v Niall Kerr (11am)

Ladies Open singles:
Aisling Reilly, Lorraine Havern & Maeve McElduff
(round robin format)

Boys under-12 singles semi-finals:
Lorcan McBride v Jakub Szkup (10am)
Dara Curran v Eoghan McGinnity (10.20am)

Girls under-12 singles semi-finals:
Dearbhla Coleman v Caitlin Conway (10am)
Mairead Fox v Elizabeth McGarvey (10.20am)

Boys under-14 singles semi-finals:
Cormac Munroe v Ciaran Cuddy (10.40am)
Turlough Clarke v Antoin Fox (11am)

Girls under-14 singles semi-finals:
Megan McCann v Meabh McCambridge (10.40am)
Beth Doris v Michaela McCartan (11am)

Boys under-16 singles semi-finals:
Jack Campbell v Aaron Owen (11.20am)
Niall Allison v Sean Kerr (11.40am)

Girls under-16 singles:
Niamh Coleman, Elise McCrory & Aoife Kelly
(round robin format, starts 11.40am)

Please note: Ulster finals will commence at 2pm with the last final, the mens open, at 3pm.



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