Loughmacrory win All Ireland Féile na nGael double!
Loughmacrory have completed an historic first ever Girls and Boys All Ireland Féile na nGael double on Sunday.
The Féile na nGael is effectively the All Ireland Club Team Championship event for handball at Under 14 level and in 2014 the club entered both the Boys and Girls grades for the first time in the same season. Following a comprehensive programme of matches on Saturday, the Loughmacrory club won through to a unique first ever Boys and Girls All Ireland Féile Finals in Division 2.
The Girls team of Caitlin Conway, Michaela Curran, Aideen Curran and Mairead Fox enjoyed victories over Annaghdown (Galway) and RGU Downpatrick on Saturday and those triumphs were enough to set up a final against Cullohill of Laois, in the final at Loughmacrory on Sunday. Over 140 spectators packed into the club court on Sunday for an absorbing final which in the end, saw the Loughmacrory girls defeat Cullohill 2-0 in the Girls Division 2 Final. Caitlin and Michaela enjoyed an 18-15 win in the opening game and they secured the honours when Mairead and Aideen won the second game 21-6 to take the honours on an overall scoreline of 40-21.
All Ireland Féile na nGael Girls Division 2 Final:
Loughmacrory (Tyrone) dft Cullohill (Laois) 40-21
Meanwhile, in the Boys grade, the Loughmacrory team secured their place in the Division 2 final following a 1-1 draw with Monaghan Harps, an impressive win over Cullohill (Laois) and a 1-1 draw with Mallow (Cork).The team of Antoin Fox, Shane Grimes, Dara Curran, Ronan Curran and Diarmaid Gallagher faced Monaghan Harps in Beragh on Sunday and produced their best form of the weekend to claim the title. Dara and Ronan Curran had a tough opening game against Monaghan Harps’ Eoghan McGinnity and Justas Dambinskas and played their best match of the weekend to win 21-16 and Antoin Fox and Shane Grimes powered to an emphatic 21-2 win in the second game of the day against Konrad Koval and Jacob Skzup to take the honours.
All Ireland Féile na nGael Division 2 Final:
Loughmacrory (Tyrone) dft Monaghan Harps (Monaghan) 42-18
Antoin Foix claims All Ireland Skills Gold Medal
The other big success of the day came in the All Ireland Féile na nGael Skill Awards event. This is an event which sees every club have a single player go forward to an All Ireland Skills event where players are assessed on all the skills of the game. Loughmacrory’s Antoin Fox proved himself at the highest level, following impressive form all day, as he collected the All Ireland Skill Awards Gold medal, claiming 1st place with Darragh Canavan (Carrickmore) in 2nd and Mikey O’Malley (Mallow, Cork) in 3rd place. Caitlin Conway contested the Girls skills awards and, with a year still to play at this level, acquitted herself really well but the gold medal went to Leixlip’s Leah Doyle in that event.
Congratulations to Antoin Fox on his All Ireland Skills success and to our Boys and Girls teams and coaches on their excellent weekend double success.