Lough Showdown Registration Evening & League concludes with terrific finals Night
The Lough 1Wall Showdown Tournament Registration Night will go ahead at the One Wall Arena on Wednesday evening 1st July from 7pm – 8pm. This will be the only opportunity to register for the tournament locally albeit the entry form can be downloaded from the Official Tournament Page below and given to Chris Curran (Chairman), Martin Toner (Secretary) or Shane McCullagh (Treasurer) before the final deadline of 8th July. No Late entries can be accepted.
Lough 1Wall Showdown Registration Evening
Wednesday 1st July 2015, 7pm-8pm
in the One Wall Arena
Meanwhile the inaugural Tyrone GAA Handball One Wall League, organised by Loughmacrory GAA Handball Club, proved to be a great success as almost 150 players competed in over 600 scheduled matches over the past three week period. The action climaxed on a great evening with a large crowd on Tuesday at the One Wall Arena as all but one of the Tournament finals were decided.
A full gallery of finals photos will be uploaded to Loughmacrory GAA Handball Facebook Page
Johnny Woods secures Mens Open League title…
In the end the Mens Open title was won by Breacach’s Johnny Woods following a thrilling tie-break final against previously unbeaten Patrick McCrory (Carrickmore). Woods lead by 14-6 in the 15 minute timed game final but McCrory exhibited terrific resilience to claw back that deficit in the last four minutes of play before levelling as time ran out at 15-15. Woods did seize the initiative in the tie-break and opened up a 3-0 lead before going on to claim the first League Open title with a 5-2 win in that tie-break. Woods had earlier defeated last weekend’s Clann Eireann Open winner, Pól Clarke, 31-9, while Paddy McCrory was a 21-14 winner against Breacach’s Jack Campbell.
The Mens A Grade saw Breacach’s Niall Kerr edge out three time Irish Ladies Open champion, Lorraine Havern, in the semi final by 21-17 while Eamonn McCrory was a 21-8 winner over Loughmacrory’s Conor Duff. The final proved another great battle but McCrory held the edge at the decisive end of play to run out the winner of this grade of the league by defeating Kerr by 20-14.
In the Mens B Competition the semi finals came down to two very keenly contested affairs. Breacach’s Aaron Owens denied Maeve McElduff in the first of the semi finals by 19-14 while Seamus McCrory came from behind to get the better of Loughmacrory’s Kenny Curran by 23-22 in the second semi final. Owens then went on to maintain his unbeaten run in the Mens B division as he claimed the honours with a 19-14 final win against McCrory.
The Mens Challenger grade had the biggest entry when the action in the event got underway and firstly had to see a playoff between Carrickmore’s Conor Keenan and Loughmacrory’s Jarlath Duff with Keenan just getting over the line in that one by 21-20. Gerard Keenan then had a terrific 22-19 win over Breacach’s Spillane Martin in the first of the semi finals to book his final place while Conor Keenan followed up his playoff win with a 20-18 victory over Gerard Conroy in the second semi final. The final thus saw the Keenan brothers battle it out for the 2015 honours and Gerard claimed this title with a 21-17 win over Conor in the final.
Munroe, McCartan, Owens & McCullagh win Junior League titles…
The Underage grades at the League Tournament also proved very keenly contested all through. At under 16 level, Carrickmore’s Cormac Munroe remained unbeaten in the Division and secured his place in Tuesday’s final against Loughmacrory’s Dara Curran. The latter had a playoff with Carrickmore’s Ciaran Cuddy on the evening and booked his place in the final with a 15-2 victory. The final proved very finely balanced early on with Munroe always holding an edge but was just 11-8 in front with ten minutes played. Munroe took control at that stage though with highly impressive retrieving and he went on to claim the honours with a 21-11 victory.
The Under 14 league saw a final match-up between Breacach’s Caolan McCartan and Loughmacrory’s Diarmaid Gallagher. This proved to be a fantastic contest between two excellent young players who battled all the way through with Gallagher holding a slender lead entering the final minute. But McCartan showed great resolve to just get in front as the clock counted down and he took a thrilling final by 15-14.
The Under 12 A Final was an all Breacach affair and saw Johnathan Owens follow up his win in last weekend’s Clann Eireann Tournament with an eyecatching 21-8 victory against club colleague, Jack Darcy, in the decider. Again it should be highlighted that this duo emerged from an excellent grade of play in which all matches involving the eight players in the league stages were finely balanced all through.
The Boys Under 12 B final will complete the entire league programme tomorrow evening with Loughmacrory’s Darragh McCullagh to play Loughmacrory’s Zach Devine at 6.00pm.
The Boys Under 10 league tournament saw the first semi final between Loughmacrory duo Ruairi McCullagh and Padraig Fox provide great action before Ruairi McCullagh claimed his place in the final with a 21-12 victory. Carrickmore’s Shea Munroe received a bye in the second semi final as previously unbeaten Eoin Donaghy withdrew from the event. The final thus saw Ruairi McCullagh and She Munroe meet again but it was McCullagh who was really on top of his game to claim his first league title by 21-7.
She’s Ace Girls action provides great signs for the future…
One of the most redeeming features of the League Tournament was the large entry of ladies players across the grades. In addition to the Open girls players in the Mens A and B events, there were a total of 6 She’s Ace Ladies competitions.
The Ladies B event saw Michaela McCartan bid to retain her unbeaten run against club colleague Elizabeth McGarvey in the first of the semi finals and it was McGarvey, celebrating her birthday on the evening, who came out on top by 24-18. Loughmacrory’s Caitlin Conway was really in top form in the second semi final as she produced her best form for a while to deny Breacach’s Michelle Warren by 28-12. The final saw another meeting then between Conway and McGarvey and it was the Loughmacrory player who came out on top this time around as her excellent power passing play and shooting was enough to see her claim the Ladies B honours by 22-14.
In the Ladies C competition the semi finals saw Loughmacrory’s Claire Conway firstly defeat Breacach’s Meabh McCrystall by 16-12 and then Loughmacrory’s Aideen Curran got the better of Breacach’s Sarah Devlin by 21-18. The final was thus an all Loughmacrory affair and proved a great contest before Aideen Curran took the honours with a 21-16 victory.
In the Ladies Challenger competition Breacach’s Cloideach Donaghy had tasted just one defeat in the league series and in the final managed to reverse that form to deny her previously unbeaten club colleague, Aine Farley. Both girls showed excellent play again on the evening just as they had done all through the competition with Donaghy securing the honours with a 18-14 victory in the decider.
The underage finals in the She’s Ace Girls events were at Under 12 and Under 10. The Under 12 A Final saw another meeting between Carrickmore club colleagues Clodagh Munroe and Cloda McNamee. In the end Clodagh Munroe maintained her 100% record for the series as she claimed the Under 12 A title with a 21-12 win in the final.
The Under 12 B final saw Loughmacrory’s Niamh Curran reach that stage with a 100% record and she faced Pomeroy’s Ellie Jane Quinn. Again a terrific game unfolded between the two talented young players with Quinn winning the title on a 21-9 scoreline. In the Under 10 final it was an all Breacach contest and saw Bronagh Farley win her title with a 21-13 final win against Aoife Kerr.
CLICK on any of the links below to look back on On Wall League Tournament fixtures and results:
- CLICK HERE for Results & Fixtures for all Girls She’s Ace Grades in the One Wall League Tournament
- CLICK HERE for Results & Fixtures for all Boys U10, U12, U14, U16 Grades in the One Wall League Tournament
- CLICK HERE for Results & Fixtures for all Mens Adult Grades – Challenger, C, B, A & Open Grades in the One Wall League Tournament
Tournament League Finals night…
Mens Open SF 1: Patrick McCrory (Carrickmore) dft Jack Campbell (Breacach) 21-14
Mens Open SF 2: Johnny Woods (Breacach) dft Pol Clarke (Breacach) 31-9
Mens Open Final: Johnny Woods (Breacach) dft Patrick McCrory (Carrickmore) 15-15, 5-2
Mens A Semi Final 1 – Niall Kerr (Breacach) dft Lorraine Havern (Saval) 21-17
Mens A Semi Final 2 – Eamon McCrory (Breacach) dft Conor Duff (Loughmacrory) 21-9
Mens A Final: Eamon McCrory (Breacach) dft Niall Kerr (Breacach) 20-14
Mens B Semi Final 1 – Seamus McCrory (Breacach) dft Kenny Curran (Loughmacrory) 23-22
Mens B Semi Final 2 – Aaron Owens (Breacach) dft Maeve McElduff (Breacach) 19-14
Mens B FINAL: Aaron Owens (Breacach) dft Seamus McCrory (Breacach) 19-14
Mens Challenger Grade Playoff: Conor Keenan (Carrickmore) dft Jarlath Duff (Loughmacrory) 21-20
Mens Challenger Semi Final 1: Gerard Keenan (Carrickmore) dft Spillane Martin (Breacach) 22-19
Mens Challenger Semi Final SF2: Conor Keenan (Carrickmore) dft Gerard Conroy (Breacach) 21-18
Mens Challenger Final: Gerard Keenan (Carrickmore) dft Conor Keenan (Carrickmore) 21-17
Boys Under 10 Semi FINAL 1: Shea Munroe (Carrickmore) w/o Eoin Donaghy (Loughmacrory)
Boys Under 10 Semi FINAL 2: Ruairi McCullagh (Loughmacrory) dft Padraig Fox (Loughmacrory) 21-12
Boys Under 10 FINAL: Ruairi McCullagh (Loughmacrory) dft Shea Munroe (Carrickmore) 21-7
Boys Under 12 A FINAL: Johnathan Owens (Breacach) dft Jack Darcy (Breacach) 21-8
Boys Under 14 FINAL: Caolan McCartan Breacach) dft Diarmaid Gallagher (Loughmacrory) 15-14
Boys Under 16 SF Playoff: Dara Curran (Loughmacrory) dft Ciaran Cuddy (Carrickmore) 15-2
Boys Under 16 FINAL: Cormac Munroe (Carrickmore) dft Dara Curran (Loughmacrory) 21-11
She’s Ace Girls League Finals
Girls Under 10 FINAL: Bronagh Farley (Breacach) dft Aoife Kerr (Breacach) 21-13
Girls She’s Ace Under 12 A Final: Clodagh Munroe (Carrickmore) dft Cloda McNamee (Carrickmore) 21-12
Girls She’s Ace Under 12 B Final: Ellie Jane Quinn (Pomeroy) dft Niamh Curran (Loughmacrory) 21-9
Ladies B Semi Final 1 – Elizabeth McGarvey (Breacach) dft Michaela McCartan (Breacach) 24-18
Ladies B Semi Final 2 – Caitlin Conway (Loughmacrory) dft Michelle Warren (Breacach) 28-12
Ladies B Final: Caitlin Conway (Loughmacrory) dft Elizabeth McGarvey (Breacach) 22-14
Ladies C Semi Final 1 – Aideen Curran (Loughmacrory) dft Sarah Devlin (Breacach) 21-18
Ladies C Semi Final 2 – Claire Conway (Loughmacrory) dft Meabh McCrystall (Breacach) 16-12
Ladies C Final: Aideen Curran (Loughmacrory) dft Claire Conway (Loughmacrory) 21-16
She’s Ace Ladies Challenger Final: Cloideach Donaghy (Breacach) dft Aine Farley (Breacach) 18-14
To be played…
Wednesday 1st July, 6pm:
Court 1 – Boys Under 12 B FINAL: Zach Devine (Loughmacrory) v Dara McCullagh (Loughmacrory)
There are indeed continued busy times on the GAA Handball front with much more happening in the months ahead, not least the eagerly awaited World Handball Championships in Calgary, Canada, this August 2015.
Four GAA Handball Team Ireland places have still to be decided at the 2015 GAA Handball One Wall Nationals in Breaffy Sports Arena, Castlebar, from 3rd to 5th July and a very large Tyrone GAA Handball party will make the trip to compete in those events. Full details of entries and other news on this can be found at www.gaahandball.ie
Tyrone GAA Handball has also seen the expansion of further One Wall Handball Court facilities in Schools around the county in recent weeks with Galbally GAA installing a new court in their massive Sports Hall and working with the local school being the most recent. This brings the total number of Schools in Tyrone involved now in the One Wall Handball Schools initiative to an impressive 17 Schools with St. Ciaran’s College, Ballygawley, and Holy Trinity College, Cookstown, having five courts each as part of their facilities and St. Joseph’s College, Coalisland, and Dean Maguirc College, Carrickmore, both seeing continued major action in their four-court facilities.
As part of this drive Loughmacrory GAA Handball Club will be looking at a Coaching Camp for Kids in August 2015 to expand knowledge of the game and will be utilising their 60×30, 40×20 and One Wall Arena for that. Stay tuned on www.loughmacrory.com for more on this.
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