All Ireland 60×30 handball success for Loughmacrory Juveniles
Loughmacrory GAA Handball club celebrated our newest All Ireland Juvenile Champions this Sunday when Antoin Fox and Caitlin Conway secured All Ireland 60×30 Under 14 Doubles championship medals in Boys and Girls codes in Carlow.
First up was the Girls Under 14 Doubles All Ireland Championship decider as Loughmacrory’s Caitlin Conway and Breacach’s Elizabeth McGarvey teamed up to challenge for their first All Ireland championship gold medals. The duo, who are both still eligible for the same grade in 2015, were up against a very highly regarded Clare partnership in Aoife Floyd and Briege Dinan and got off to a fantastic start by winning the opening game 15-10. A 15-2 defeat in the second left a major battle for the young Red Hand pairing but they showed remarkable composure in the third game to come back and win 15-8 and claim that illustrious first All Ireland championship crown.
The third final of the finals day in Garryhill also featured Tyrone as Carrickmore’s Cormac Munroe and Loughmacrory’s Antoin Fox took to the court for the All Ireland 60×30 Under 14 doubles championship final. Cormac Munroe was bidding for a unique double in the grade, having won the 40×20 doubles crown with Darragh Canavan earlier in the season. The Tyrone lads certainly displayed impressive credentials in a superb semi final win against Kilkenny but they faced a very highly regarded young Tipperary partnership in John McGrath and Sean McAdams. A brilliant display of court play, power passing and finishing saw the Tyrone duo win the opening game 15-3 but when they saw a lead denied in the second game to lose 15-13 a major tie-break battle was then on the cards. The four young players provided a terrific final showdown and it was gratifying to see the tremendous character displayed in the end by Munroe and Fox as they pulled away at the end to win the game 15-7 and take the All Ireland honours to Tyrone.
Tyrone overall claimed three All Ireland 60×30 Juvenile Championship titles on the day with Emer Kerr and Michaela McCartan winning the Girls Under 15 doubles title also.