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Tyrone collect five titles in Ulster one wall championships…

Monday 03.06.2013
Team Talk Mag
Club


Host county Tyrone finished top of the roll of honour at the inaugural Ulster one-wall handball championships which were staged in St Ciaran’s College Ballygawley on Saturday and Sunday.
The event turned out to be a huge success with four counties eventually sharing the eleven championship titles on offer, following two days of terrific action featuring an array of talented players from across the province.
The two most prestigious prizes went the way of Tyrone and Down as Darragh Daly and Lorraine Havern captured the mens and womens open singles titles, both players oozing quality on their way to becoming Ulster’s very first senior one-wall champions.
Darragh impressively negotiated the challenge of fellow Tyrone star, Conor McElduff, in the opening semi-final of the mens open singles championship to set up a title decider with Armagh’s young powerhouse Conal McCavitt.
The world 17 & under champion had to survive another ding dong battle with the vastly experienced James Doyle in an all-Armagh semi-final encounter, with the teenager just managing to repeat his recent Williamstown mens open final success.
Daly and McCavitt both went into the final in top form but it was the Inis Mor open winner who stamped his authority on the proceedings with a classy display, taking the Ulster crown home to Carrickmore with a 15-3, 15-12 victory.
While Darragh is a serious contender for the mens open title at the forthcoming Irish one-wall nationals, Lorraine Havern already has the distinction of being the national title holder in the womens division and the Down star showed that she is on course for another big tilt at the title on the last weekend of June as she saw off the challenge of world 40×20 champion Aisling Reilly in Sunday’s Ulster final.
The Belfast girl is a serious handballer and while she may not be recognised as a one wall player, she certainly made the title favourite work hard for her victory.
Lorraine, who had lost to her opponent in the Ulster 40×20 final earlier this year, claimed the opening game 15-8 before being forced into a tiebreaker as Aisling eked out a 15-14 win in the second, with Lorraine then rediscovering her rhythm again to take the honours with eight points to spare (11-3).
As well as the mens open trophy, Tyrone collected four more titles in Sunday’s programme, with Cormac Munroe emerging victorious from an all-Tyrone under-14 title clash
with Turlough Clarke to maintain his impressive form in 2013, and Gabhain McCrystal continued his outstanding run this year with victory over clubmate Pol Clarke in the mens b final.
And Niall and Sean Kerr completed a notable father-son double for Breacach and Tyrone in the masters and under-16 divisions.
Niall defeated Down’s Brian Havern, an uncle of Lorraine, in straight games in the masters final, while Sean produced some brilliant handball over the weekend but was pushed hard in the final by his cousin Aaron Owens, who put up a great show in the under-16 final after seeing off national champion Jack Campbell in the semi-final.
Sean Digney added to Lorraine Havern’s open success by giving Down a second title in the mens c singles, beating his clubmate Richie McNally in the final, while Armagh were very much to the fore as expected in the girls underage categories, securing all three of the girls titles.
World champion sisters, Dearbhla and Niamh Coleman, contnued their amazing success story as they were crowned Ulster champions in the under-12 and under-16 singles championships following classy wins over Tyrone’s Elizabeth McGarvey and Eilise McCrory, with Megan McCann completing the Orchard treble with victory over another Tyrone player, Michaela McCartan, in the provincial under-14 final.
Another name that is regularly appearing on the provincial and national winners lists is Eoghan McGinnity and the prodigious Monaghan talent produced the goods yet again to clinch a narrow victory over fellow county player Jakub Szkup in the boys under-12 final, with the two Monaghan players seeing off Tyrone pair Dara Curran and Lorcan McBride at the semi-final stage.
All in all the 2013 Ulster one wall championships were a massive success, with the event attracting big entries and no shortage of quality, and it’s clear that many of the players who starred in St Ciaran’s will be serious challengers for honours at the forthcoming Irish one-wall nationals in Breaffy House.

Ulster One Wall Championship Finals 2013…

Mens Open: Darragh Daly (Tyrone) beat Conal McCavitt (Armagh) 15-3, 15-12
Ladies Open: Lorraine Havern (Down) beat Aisling Reily (Antrim) 15-8, 14-15, 11-3
Masters: Niall Kerr (Tyrone) beat Brian Havern (Down) 15-12, 15-8
Mens B: Gabhain McCrystall (Tyrone) beat Pól Clarke (Tyrone) 15-9, 15-11
Mens C: Sean Digney (Down) beat Richard McNally (Down) 15-8, 15-11
U16 Boys: Sean Kerr (Tyrone) beat Aaron Owens (Tyrone) 14-15, 15-12, 11-8
U16 Girls: Niamh Coleman (Armagh) beat Elise McCrory (Tyrone) 15-9, 15-8
U14 Boys: Cormac Munroe (Tyrone) beat Turlough Clarke (Tyrone) 15-8, 15-14
U14 Girls: Megan McCann (Armagh) beat Michaela McCartan (Tyrone) 15-5, 15-8
U12 Boys: Eoghain McGinnity (Monaghan) beat Jakub Szkup (Monaghan) 15-8, 12-15, 11-10
U12 Girls: Dearbhla Coleman (Armagh) beat Elizabeth McGarvey (Tyrone) 15-6, 15-6

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