This weekend, our county’s young GAA Handball Stars are set to contest three All-Ireland Handball Finals. After securing their Ulster victories, Jordan Murtagh (Under 15 Boys Singles), Niamh Coleman(Under 16 Girls Singles) and Aoife McConville & Alana Doran (Under 16 Girls Doubles) continued on their respective winning streaks, after a long journey to both Broadford, Co. Limerick and Clarecastle, Co. Clare they all secured their places in All-Ireland finals.
Saturday 6th April, Gort na Mona – starting at 12noon.
Jordan from the Eugene Quinn Club will have a big following as he will battle it out for his first All-Ireland Handball title. He will face Galway’s Desmond Conneely. The Ulster Champion will have gained a lot of confidence throughout his Ulster campaign and his semi-final victory and will be delighted to have an Ulster venue to compete for National honours.
Niamh will be firm favourite for her All-Ireland final when she meets Roscommon’s Fiona Tully. Both girls have played many interesting games over their short yet illustrious careers, however with four World Titles to her name, the Clann Eireann girl looks set for further glory.
Aoife and Alana are no strangers to major finals and will hopefully make it three titles for Armagh when they face the challenge of Kildare sisters Hanna and Kate Dagg.
In Clarecastle, Megan McCann, Ulster Under 14 Girls Champion lost out to Clare’s Ella Donnellan in her All-Ireland Semi Final and Tipperary’s Jerome Cahill and James Prentice proved just too much for the Ulster Champions – Shea Donnelly and Sean Reilly in the Under 14 Boys Doubles Semi-Final. Megan of Clann Eireann and Shea and Sean both of Eugene Quinn are all names we will watch out for in the future and they can all be very proud of their exploits on the court so far in 2013.
Under 16 Boys Singles – One of the biggest disappointments of the trip to Munster was undoubtedly the defeat of one of the brightest young pretenders on the County Handball scene, Eugene Quinn’s Brian McAnenly to Clare’s Fergal Coughlan in an 11-8 tie-break finish. Brian, who captured the All-Ireland Under 15 Boys title last year looked set to annex back-to-back titles. He has really came to the fore in recent years both locally and nationally and with continued commitment, he will be back on the big stage.
Handball Stars Awarded
A GOLD civic reception was held by Craigavon Council for the exploits of the All-Ireland Club of the Year, Clann Eireann. The club invest a lot of time in their youth and have brought great pride to the whole council area and indeed were very worthy of their special night.
James Doyle, St. Killian’s, Whitecross and Conall McCavitt, Clann Eireann received recognition at the Newry and Mourne Sports Awards. Previous Senior Individual Award winner, Doyle received the Special Achievement Award whilst McCavitt picked up the Junior Individual Award. Both players are a credit to their respective clubs and county.