Loughmacrory bid for double Feile honours, McElduff top again in Wallball and Tyrone trio in USA…
McElduff stars again in Mount Talbot…
Conor McElduff added the Mount Talbot Men’s Open Singles title to his recent list of honours on Saturday evening last. A semi final win over Mayo’s Vinny Moran was followed by a top class final display against Tyrone’s Darragh Daly to win that final 15-1, 15-10. Daly was also in superb form to deny Armagh’s Conall McCavitt in the semi final by 31-5.
McElduff really is playing his best handball at present and his year to date has been phenomenal to say the least. Having collected every title within the county at the year’s start, winning his third successive Tyrone 40×20 Premier League title and following up with his first Mens Open Tyrone Senior Singles 40×20 Championship title win, he blitzed all before him in his grades at provincial and national level. He concluded the 40×20 campaign by becoming just the second Tyrone GAA Handball player ever to win the GAA Handball All Ireland Intermediate Singles Championship title, following on from Ciaran Curran’s 1998 triumph.
He also became the first ever player from the county to take all four major Intermediate honours in the grade when he secured Ulster Intermediate Singles and Doubles Championships and followed up with an All Ireland clean sweep by claiming gold in both the All Ireland 40×20 Intermediate Singles and Doubles Championships.
Without doubt that was his best ever season in the four wall game and already he is serving up his best form to date in the code which he has dominated at national level for the past two campaigns, in one wall handball. Having blitzed the field in the Mallow Mens Open Tournament and again at the Ulster Wallball Championships, he maintained that two year unbeaten run in Mount Talbot. Next up for Conor is that unprecedented 3-in-a-row bid for the Men’s Open Irish Nationals title in Breaffy in just over 2 weeks time.
Niall Kerr also secured the Masters title in Mount Talbot as Tyrone’s only Cup winner of the event, defeating Clare’s Fergal Coughlan in the final by 19-12. There were Tournament Plate wins in Mount Talbot for Pól Clarke (Mens Open), Turlough Clarke (Boys U18), Bronagh Allison (Women’s C) and Chris Curran (Masters).
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Kerr, O’Neill and Fox make trip to Minnesota for US Nationals
Three Tyrone GAA Handballers are in the USA this week preparing to challenge for US Nationals Championships challenges and we wish our trio of players all the best in their quests.
Loughmacrory’s Antoin Fox will go in search of honours in the Boys 15 & Under and 17 & Under grades, Breacach’s Sean Kerr will go into the Mens A Singles event as the number 1 seed while his club colleague, Shane O’Neill, is number 2 seed in the same event. Both players are in action later today in the Mens A quarter finals.
Meanwhile Shane O’Neill will have a huge game later today also as he takes on Luis Moreno in the Mens Open Singles round of 16.
Sean Kerr will also team up with Cork’s Tadhg O’Neill in the Mens Open doubles and they face USA’s Tyree Bastidas and Ryan Bowler in the quarter final stages of that event.
Loughmacrory Boys & Girls travel to Tipp for Feile challenge
Loughmacrory will be Tyrone’s representatives at the All Ireland feile event in Tipperary this weekend and the club will be sending both a boys and girls team off to compete.
The girls under 14 team will be spearheaded by All Ireland under 14 singles champion Mairead Fox who has been enjoying a superb year so far. She will also be targeting the All Ireland feile skills title.
The Loughmacrory girls will compete in the highest division at feile and will face a tough challenge against Tuamgraney (Clare), Leixlip (Kildare), Cullohill (Laois) and Galmoy (Kilkenny). No Tyrone girls team has ever won the division one feile prize before.
Joining Mairead on the Loughmacrory team in Kilcolman for the girls main competition will be Alanna McGaughey, Dearbhail Fox, Niamh Curran and Aoibhe Curran.
The Loughmacrory boys team will compete in division three in Tipperary as it will be a young team going down which includes Eoin McElholm, Gary McAleer, Zak Devine, Conor Fox and team captain Conan McElholm.
They will meet Cullohill (Laois), Windgap (Kilkenny), Boherbue (Cork) and Downpatrick (Down) in their section with all their games taking place in Carrick on Suir.
Loughmacrory Club have had considerable success over the years at the highly prestigious All Ireland Féile na nGael event, right back to when the club became the first ever club from Tyrone and Ulster to win the All Ireland Division 1 honours, when the Boys team took the title back in the centenary year in 1984. There was further Division 1 success in 1993 and in 2014 the club completed a first ever All Ireland Féile double when claiming the Division 2 honours in both the Boys and the Girls codes.
It promises to be an exciting weekend for the 25 strong group of players, managers and supporters heading off from Loughmacrory on Friday for the big parade in Thurles on Friday evening.