Tyrone GAA Handball News 10 February: Massive week of action
Tyrone schools dominate at Ulster Colleges championships
Tyrone’s young handballers were in superlative form on Saturday in the Ulster Colleges Boys 40×20 championships in Kingscourt and Beragh at the weekend. In all Tyrone schools won a total of nine provincial titles from the twelve championship titles on offer on the day with Dean Maguirc College, Carrickmore winning four gongs, Omagh CBS claiming two, Loreto Grammar School winning two titles and St. Ciaran’s College taking one title.
Ryan Mullan picked up the blue ribband event of the Boys championships with his impressive 27-9 final win over St. Macartan’s Ramunas Ramanuskas and will go into this weekend’s All Ireland Colleges Championships challenge with a big chance of going one better than last term when he reached the All Ireland final. Dean Maguirc College had a Senior Colleges Doubles double at the weekend, claiming both the Boys honours through Eoin Quinn and Ronan Lagan while Loreto’s Eilise McCrory and Aoife Kelly had an eye-catching win over Armagh’s highly regarded duo of Niamh Coleman and Alana Doran. Dean Maguirc College also picked up the Intermediate Singles Championship honours and in Sean Kerr they will be hopeful of a big showing in the weekend All Ireland series while St. Ciaran’s Darragh Canavan is playing brilliant handball at present and will challenge strongly in one of the most competitive looking fields of the All Ireland championships in Junior Singles.
Ciara Mullan & Elizabeth McGarvey (Loreto Grammar School, Omagh) and Antoin fox & Lorcan McBride (Omagh CBS) claimed the Girls and Boys Ulster Junior Doubles Colleges championship titles with impressive final wins at the weekend too and both partnerships have big chances in the All Ireland stage this Saturday in Kingscourt too. Mairead Fox (Loreto Grammar School, Omagh) and Cahir Munroe & Diarmaid Gallagher (Dean Maguirc College, Tyrone) also picked up Ulster Under 13 title wins at the weekend but this grade does not go on to All Ireland level.
A successful haul of titles then for four Tyrone schools at the weekend and all will go forward with high hopes in this Saturday’s All Ireland 40×20 Colleges Championship Finals day in Kingscourt, Cavan.
Ulster Colleges 40×20 Championship Finals 2015:
Boys Under 13 Colleges Singles Final: Eoghan McGinnity (St. Macartan’s College, Monaghan) dft Dara Curran (Dean Maguirc College, Tyrone)
Boys Under 13 Colleges Doubles Final: Cahir Munroe & Diarmaid Gallagher (Dean Maguirc College, Tyrone) dft Brian McAleer & Conan McElholm (Omagh CBS)
Boys Junior Singles Final: Darragh Canavan (St. Ciaran’s College, Ballygawley) dft Ronan Curran (Dean Maguirc College, Tyrone)
Boys Junior Doubles Final: Antoin fox & Lorcan McBride (Omagh CBS) dft Cormac Munroe & Ciaran Cuddy (Dean Maguirc College, Tyrone)
Boys Intermediate Singles Final: Sean Kerr (Dean Maguirc College, Tyrone) dft Matthew McCartan (Omagh CBS)
Boys Intermediate Doubles Final: Shane McVitty & Caolan Smyth (St. Patrick’s College, Cavan) dft Turlough Clarke & Pauric Mullan (Omagh CBS)
Boys Senior Singles Final: Ryan Mullan (Omagh CBS) dft Ramunas Ramanuskas (St. Macartan’s College, Monaghan)
Boys Senior Doubles Final: Eoin Quinn & Ronan Lagan (Dean Maguirc College, Tyrone) dft Ben Conaty & Darragh Kennedy (St. Patrick’s College, Cavan)
Girls Under 13 Colleges Singles Final: Mairead Fox (Loreto Grammar School, Omagh) dft Sarah Devlin (Dean Maguirc College, Tyrone)
Girls Junior Colleges Singles Final: Megan McCann (Armagh) dft Dearbhla Coleman (Armagh)
Girls Junior Colleges Doubles Final: Ciara Mullan & Elizabeth McGarvey (Loreto Grammar School, Omagh) dft Meabh McCambridge & Beth Doris (Armagh)
Girls Senior Colleges Doubles Final: Eilise McCrory & Aoife Kelly (Dean Maguirc College, Carrickmore) dft Niamh Coleman & Alana Doran (Armagh)
Tyrone players contest weekend Ulster Championship finals
This weekend will see the Ulster 40×20 Adult Singles Championship finals take place right across the province at eight venues on Saturday and Sunday. Once again Tyrone will be competing strongly in many grades with big chances of another bumper weekend of success.
Eugene Quinn Handball Club in Armagh will host a triple bill of finals on Saturday, starting at 2pm, and Tyrone have three big challengers for honours in all three finals, albeit with major opposition in each decider. The Under 21 final will see recent USA Nationals 19 & Under champion, Gabhain McCrystall, take on Monaghan’s Darren Doherty. Doherty was in brilliant form at last weekend’s Intervarsities championships, reaching the Senior Singles final and will be difficult to halt in this one but McCrystall has also been exhibiting his best form this season and his impressive offensive play will ensure one of the best matches of the Ulster finals weekend.
That match opens the programme while Eamon McCrory will then take on Conor Flynn in the Junior B Singles final. McCrory lost out in the provincial final twelve months ago and is fancied to go all the way in what was a massive field of players in this event. At Junior level, Conor McElduff will be very difficult to stop and has big aspirations in this grade in 2015. He takes on Monaghan’s skilful rising star Terry McElvaney though and will be given a real test but McElduff’s current form makes him the standout weekend challenger for Ulster honours for the county.
On Sunday in Gort na Mona, Kenny Curran will be fancied to continue his solid form in the Silver Masters B Championship but faces a tough test against Antrim’s Paddy Nicholl. Barney Corcoran has been in his best form for years too and will definitely put forward a big bid for Silver Masters A championship honours but he faces former Ulster senior champion, Antrim’s Paddy Crothers, in what is a big test. Conor Kerr will also travel on Sunday to Eugene Quinn HC in Armagh when he takes on Antrim’s Stephen Roberts in an intriguing Golden Masters B Singles Championship final while Seamus McCrory will certainly fancy his chances in the Masters B Singles championship final against Monaghan’s Michael Clerkin at the same venue and programme.
Tyrone will be guaranteed the Ulster Minor Singles Championship title in 2015 following Sean Kerr and Jack Campbell’s winning run in making it through to contest this year’s final. That promises to be a cracking game at 4pm in Beragh on Sunday and while Kerr is fancy to prevail, a close encounter is anticipated. Johnny Woods defeated Shane O’Neill 21-20, 21-15 in an eye-catching win in the Ulster Intermediate Singles championship semi final and he will take on either Carrickmore’s Caolan Daly or Cavan’s James Brady in this final on Sunday, that duo are meeting in the semi final tonight.
In the ladies grades, Tyrone have two players in the last three of the Ladies Intermediate championship with Lisa McAleer meeting Donegal’s Avril McNamee and the winner to face Maeve McElduff in Sunday’s final. At minor level, Aoife Kelly will play Armagh’s Niamh Coleman in one semi final and Eilsie McCrory faces Armagh’s Aoibhin Henderson in the second semi final with the winners also to meet in Sunday’s final.
Overall Tyrone will again be expected to win a number of the aforementioned Ulster Championship finals this weekend and this comes ahead of the doubles championship finals in just over one weeks time. There is no doubt that Tyrone continue to set the standard in terms of title challenges but the large fields and strong representations from across the province suggests that the level of competition looks to continue to rise with each campaign.
SHE’s ACE Ladies Ulster 40×20 Adult Championships
Wednesday 11th February, in Armagh, 7pm: Minor Singles Championship Semi Finals
B. Armagh (Niamh Coleman) v Tyrone (Aoife Kelly)
C. Tyrone (Eilise McCrory) v Armagh (Aiobhin Henderson)
Final: Sunday 15th February 2015: Winner SF B v Winner SF C
Wednesday 11th February, in Beragh, 7pm: Intermediate Singles Semi Final
A. Donegal (Avril McNamee) v Tyrone (Lisa McAleer)
Final: Sunday 15th February 2015: Tyrone (Maeve McElduff) v Winner SF A
Ulster GAA Handball Mens 40×20 Adult Singles Championship Finals 2015
Saturday February 14th, in Eugene Quinn, Armagh
Under 21 Singles Championship Final, 2pm: Monaghan (Darren Doherty) v Tyrone (Gabhain McCrystall)
Junior B Singles Championship Final, 3.30pm: Conor Flynn v Tyrone (Eamon McCrory)
Junior Singles Championship Final, 5.00pm: Tyrone (Conor McElduff) v Monaghan (Terry McElvaney)
Saturday February 14th, in Saval, County Down
Emerald Masters A Singles Championship Final, 2pm: Antrim (Thomas Maguire) v Monaghan (Martin McEntee)
Emerald Masters B Singles Championship Final, 3.30pm: Anthony McCann v Down (Brian Havern)
Over 35B Singles Championship Final, 5.00pm: Miles McCann v Down (Martin Turley)
Saturday February 14th, in Tydavnet, Monaghan:
Diamond Masters A Singles Championship Final, 2pm: Monaghan (Peter Larkin) v Monaghan (Michael McCarron)
Golden Masters A Singles Championship Final, 3.30pm: Antrim (Donal Armstrong) v Monaghan (Conor McDonnell)
Sunday February 15th, in Gort na Mona, Belafst:
Over 70 Singles Championship Final, 2pm: Antrim (Seamus Graham) v Antrim (Richard Murphy)
Silver Masters A Singles Championship Final, 3.00pm: Antrim (Paddy Crothers) v Tyrone (Barney Corcoran)
Silver Masters B Singles Championship Final, 4.00pm: Antrim (Paddy Nicholl) v Tyrone (Kenny Curran)
Sunday February 15th, in Eugene Quinn, Armagh
Golden Masters B Singles Championship Final, 2pm: Antrim (Stephen Roberts) v Tyrone (Conor Kerr)
Masters B Singles Championship Final, 3.30pm: Tyrone (Seamus McCrory) v Monaghan (Michael Clerkin)
Intermediate Singles Championship Final, 5pm: IF Tyrone (Johnny Woods) v Cavan (James Brady)
Sunday February 15th, in Beragh, Tyrone
Minor Singles Championship Final, 4pm: Tyrone (Sean Kerr) v Tyrone (Jack Campbell)
Intermediate Singles Championship Final, 5.30pm: IF Tyrone (Johnny Woods) v Tyrone (Caolan Daly)
Tyrone Championship Finals action on agenda in coming week
While the Ulster 40×20 Adult championship finals and All Ireland Colleges series dominate the weekend action, there has been massive programme of games every weekday evening across all grades of county championships. Over 200 players competed in this season’s leagues and championships and at Juvenile level the A Singles Championship honours will be decided in the coming weeks with Boys finals on Monday and Tuesday evening in Beragh and the She’s Ace Girls Singles finals next Friday 20th February.
With the Tyrone Juvenile team set to open their Ulster championship challenge on Saturday 21st February with a semi final meeting against the winners from Cavan, Down and Antrim in Saval, County Down, the county juvenile team has also now been selected to compete for 2015 honours. Full details of this will be featured next week ahead of the Ulster campaign.
On Monday evening (16th February) the Tyrone Attic Stairs GAA Handball Under 11, 12, 13 and 17 Singles championship finals will get underway in Beragh from 6.30pm with the remaining three finals at Under 10, 14, 15 and 16 level scheduled for Tuesday evening 16th February) also at 6.30pm in Beragh. The Girls She’s Ace finals at Under 10, 11, 12, 14 and 16 level will be decide on Saturday 20th February from 6.30pm in Beragh.
The first of the Tyrone Attic Stairs GAA Handball Adult Championship Finals went ahead in Killyclogher on Friday evening last and saw title wins for Breacach and Ceapach on the evening. The Mens Challenger Singles Championship Final saw a third meeting of the season between Micky Owens (Breacach) and Liam McCarney (Ceapach) with Owens emerging an impressive winner in their most recent meeting, the Division 4 Tyrone League final. On this occasion the tide turned though as Liam McCarney brought the first title of the season back to his club with a very impressive victory on a 21-10, 21-9 scoreline.
The Junior B Singles championship final saw recent Division 3 League runner-up, Gerard Conroy (Breacach) hoping to go one step further in the championship as he faced Carrickmore’s Jerry Keenan. Keenan had an epic 11-9 tie-break semi final win over Conor Keenan and became involved in another titanic tussle in the final of the championship. This time however though it was Gerard Conroy who built on the promise of his excellent league form and he claimed the championship honours following a fantastic contest, winning in the end by 21-17, 13-21, 11-9.
At Adult level Conor McElduff is the first player into the Open Senior Singles Championship semi finals following his 21-11, 21-3 win over Ryan Mullan. Johnny Woods v Caolan Daly, Shane O’Neill v Gabhain McCrystall and Darragh Daly v Patrick McCrory are the remaining quarter finals to be decided by Monday evening.
The Tyrone Senior B Singles Championship final will see Chris Curran face Barney Corcoran following Curran’s 21-8, 7-21, 11-7 win over Jack Campbell and Corcoran’s 17-21, 21-19, 11-9 win over Sean Kerr in the semi final stages.
At Junior level the semi finals were down for decision last night with Seamus McCrory facing Pauric Mullan and Aaron Owens v Mark McCartan in the second semi final. The Finals double bill of Junior and Senior B is in Loughmacrory next Wednesday evening at 7pm. The Minor Singles, Masters Singles and Ladies Open Singles Championship semi finals will all go down for decision next week.
Upcoming Tyrone Attic Stairs GAA Handball Championship Finals
Monday 16th February 2015, Beragh: Boys JUVENILE Singles Finals I
6.30pm: Boys Juvenile 40×20 Singles Championship Finals:
Boys U11Singles Final: Conor Owens (Breacach) v Patrick McCann (Breacach)
Boys U12 Singles Final: Lorcan McGarrity (Carrickmore) v Jonathan Owens (Breacach)
Boys U13 Singles Final: Cahir Munroe (Carrickmore) v Brian McAleer (Ceapach)
Boys U17 Singles Final: Tiarnan McCrystall (Breacach) v Conor Kelly (Carrickmore)
Tuesday 17th February 2015, Beragh: Boys JUVENILE Singles Finals II
6.30pm: Boys Juvenile 40×20 Singles Championship Finals:
Boys U10 Singles Final: Eoin McElholm (Loughmacrory) v Gary McAleer (Loughmacrory)
Boys U14 Singles Final: Dara Curran (Loughmacrory) v Lorcan McBride (Carrickmore)
Boys U15 Singles Final: Antoin Fox (Loughmacrory) v Ronan Curran (Loughmacrory)
Boys U16 Singles Final: Cormac Munroe (Carrickmore) v Darragh Canavan (Carrickmore)
Wednesday 18th February 2015, Loughmacrory, 7pm:
Mens Junior Singles Championship Final: Seamus McCrory (Breacach) v Mark McCartan (Breacach)
Mens Senior B Singles Championship Final: Chris Curran (Loughmacrory) v Barney Corcoran (Breacach)
Friday 20th February 2015, Beragh:
SHE’s ACE Tyrone Juvenile Singles Finals Day
6.30pm: Girls Juvenile 40×20 Singles Championship Finals – Girls U10S, U11S, U12S, U13S, U14S, U15S, U16S.
Wednesday 25th February, Beragh, 7pm:
7.00pm: Minor Singles Championship Final: Sean Kerr (Breacach) v Jack Campbell (Breacach) OR Matthew McCartan (Breacach)
8.00pm: Masters Singles Championship Final: Chris Curran (Loughmacrory) OR Martin Toner (Loughmacrory) v Niall Kerr (Breacach) OR Barney Corcoran (Breacach)
Thursday 26th February 2015, Loughmacrory
7.00pm: Ladies Open Singles Championship Final
8.00pm: Mens Open Senior Singles Championship Final