The GAA Handball All Ireland Juvenile 40×20 Championship finals took centre stage on Sunday in Kingscourt and following a comprehensive 16 finals programme, there were two title wins for Tyrone and Ulster.
Both triumphs did come in the blue ribband Under 16 grades but overall there was disappointment as Ulster’s other 6 finalists lost out on the day.
Tyrone’s Lorcan McBride was pushed to the wire in the Under 16 Boys Singles championship final by Wexford’s talented 14 year old, Josh Kavanagh. Having lost 21-18 in the first game, McBride battled from 17-16 down in the second to go on and win 21-17, 11-1. The resilience of the Carrickmore clubman was again most evident in a fantastic game of handball.
Ulster’s other All Ireland success came in the Girls U16 doubles championship final as Tyrone claimed a 2nd win of the finals. Caitlin Conway and Elizabeth McGarvey were impressive 21-6, 21-7 victory against Kilkenny to take gold.
Tyrone’s Clodagh Munroe and Monaghan’s Tiarnan O’Rourke found the opposition too hot in the Girls and boys u14 finals but showed terrific form in their respective grades and are players with very bright futures.
Loughmacrory’s Mairead Fox tasted defeat for the first time in Championship handball when losing to Kildare’s Leah Doyle by 21-10, 21-7 in the Girls U16 singles final.
Tyrone’s Jonathan Owens and Jack Darcy lost out to Kilkenny in the Under 14 doubles final while Monaghan’s Justas Dambinskas and Konrad Koval were defeated 21-14, 21-12 by Kilkenny in the U16 doubles decider.
Armagh’s Cailiosa Ni Dhuill was hoping to add a third All Ireland gold to her County’s title haul over the weekend but lost out to talented Kildare teenager, Abby Tarrant, in the Girls U15 singles final by 15-6, 15-7.
Tyrone’s Clare Conway and Meabh McCrystall also lost out to a very impressive Wexford pairing in the Girls U17 doubles final.
Sunday 19th March 2017, At Kingscourt, Co. Cavan
- GU14 Singles Mayo (Hazel Finn) dft Tyrone (Clodagh Munroe) 15-8, 15-9
- GU14 Doubles Tipperary (Aine Spain/Anna Mulcahy) dft Galway (Aifric Ni Ghibne/Sadhbh Ni Fhlaithearta) 15-6, 2-15, 15-12
- GU15 Singles Kildare (Abby Tarrant) dft Armagh (Cailiosa Ni Dhuill) 15-6, 15-7
- GU15 Doubles Tipperary (Siobhan Prentice/Isabel Farnan) dft Laois (Emer Fitzpatrick/Lucy O’Connor) 15-5, 2-15, 15-7
- GU16 Singles Kildare (Leah Doyle) dft Tyrone (Mairead Fox) 21-10, 21-7
- GU16 Doubles Tyrone (Caitlin Conway/Elizabeth McGarvey) dft Kilkenny (Roisín O’Keeffe/Edel Mulholand) 21-6, 21-7
- GU17 Singles Laois (Molly O’Connor) dft Cork (Aoife Hurley) 21-10, 12-21, 11-0
- GU17 Doubles Wexford (Cliodhna O’Connell/Eva Crean) dft Tyrone (Claire Conway/Meabh McCrystall) 21-2, 21-1
- BU14 Singles Kilkenny (Billy Drennan) dft Monaghan (Tiarnan O’Rourke) 15-4, 15-1
- BU14 Doubles Wexford (Conor Murphy/Mark Doyle) dft Tyrone (Jonathan Owens/Jack Darcy) 15-2, 15-10
- BU15 Singles Kilkenny (Jack Doyle) dft Clare (Seanie Doyle) 15-13, 15-2
- BU15 Doubles Kilkenny (Jamie Maher/Padhraic Foley) dft Clare (Sean Coughlan/Cormac Murphy) 13-15, 15-5, 15-12
- BU16 Singles Tyrone (Lorcan McBride) dft Wexford (Josh Kavanagh) 18-21, 21-17, 11-1
- BU16 Doubles Kilkenny (Kyle Dunne/Billy O’Neill) dft Monaghan (Justas Dambinskas/Konrad Kowal) 21-14, 21-12
- BU17 Singles Kerry (Dara Keane) dft Galway (Shane Kyne) 21-8, 21-5
- BU17 Doubles Cork (Niall Delaney/Stephen O’Rourke) dft Wexford (Ciaran Power/Colm Parnell) 21-3, 21-12