Clann Eireann’s girls, coached by Pedsy McMahon captured four Ulster GAA Handball titles on Sunday in Kingscourt, Co. Cavan.
The U-15 Singles was won by Number 1 seed Dearbhla Coleman. After winning the first game 15-13, Dearbhla found herself 13-8 in arrears in the second game against Michaela McCartan, Tyrone. The young Armagh starlet dug deep and amazingly came back, not allowing the match to go to a tie-breaker, capturing the title 15-13.
Meabh McCambridge and Beth Doris made it a clean sweep in the U-15 age bracket for Armagh when they won the doubles title. They faced the formidable Antrim pairing of Emma Shannon and Cara Doyle. The young Clann Eireann girls showed their class in the opening game, winning 15-8. They had to fight a little harder in the second to claim their gold medals, 15-13.
In the U-16 Doubles Championship, current Junior Colleges (second Level) All-Ireland Champions, Niamh Coleman and Alanna Doran received a walk over from Erin Doyle and Niamh Enright of Antrim. Niamh and Alanna will now go on to the All-Ireland semi-final representing Ulster.
The Girls U-17 Doubles decider saw Kaitlin Fleville and Meabh McMahon join forces to take on Monaghan’s Shauna McAree and Nicole McKenna. Fleville and McMahon gelled well together on the court and won the first game with an emphatic 21-6 scoreline. The girls continued their excellent form to take game two and emerge as Ulster Champions.
Aoibhinn Henderson contested the U-16 Singles Final and Eugene Quinn stars Jordan Murtagh & Eoghan Heaney contested the Boys U-16 Doubles. Although losing out to Tyrone’s Eilise McCrory and Matthew McCartan & Pauric Mullan, respectively, all three players showed great promise.
Many of our county players paved their way to the Ulster Semi-Finals, namely:
GU-12 Singles: Cailiosa NiDhuill, St. Killian’s
GU-12 Doubles: Aoife Boyle & Leah Gibbin, Eugene Quinn
BU-12 Singles: Tiernan Donnelly, Eugene Quinn
BU-12 Doubles: Adam Murtagh & Eoin OConnor
BU-14 Singles: Ronan Mallon, Eugene Quinn
BU-15 Doubles:Darragh Murphy & James McCoy, Eugene Quinn
BU-16 Doubles: Jordan Murtagh & Eoghan Heaney, Eugene Quinn
To all other players who didn’t make it quite so far, well done on your endeavors this year.
The above results are only possible with the endless months of training and support for our County Champions.
We would like to thank the coaches, the parents and indeed our players for all of the hard work you have put in throughout the winter months. You are a credit to your families, your coaches, your clubs and your county.
Mol an oige agus tiocfaidh siad.