Loughmacrory People in Profile: Antoin Fox eyeing future football & handball successes

Loughmacrory Under 16 football team had a huge year as they became the first team from the club ever to reach a Grade 1 Under 16 championship final, eventually losing out after a replay to a brilliant Dromore side, who continue to compete strongly in the Ulster Under 16 Club championship, so far beating the champions of Fermanagh and Donegal.

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Loughmacrory Under 16s lost out in the Grade 1 Tyrone GAA Championship final replay to Dromore

For one of the players in that team it has also been a huge year on the GAA Handball court too as Antoin Fox has won Ulster and All Ireland colleges handball titles with Omagh CBS in both 40×20 and 60×30 and followed up with All Ireland Under 15 Singles championship glory in the 40×20.

In addition to winning a host of major Tournament titles in his age-group, Antoin also travelled to the World Handball Championships in Canada in August and, despite being a full year young for his age-group (competing in the Boys 15 & Under grade at just 14 years of age) he came away with two World Silver medals in doubles in both 40×20 and one wall. He also lost out by just two aces to the eventual impressive winner, Galway’s Peter Donohue in the World One Wall 15 & under Singles Championship semi final.

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It has been another huge year on the handball courts for Antoin Fox at provincial, national and world level

A big year indeed then for Antoin, who is the only nominee from Loughmacrory in the upcoming Teamtalkmag Tyrone GAA All Star Awards on 28th November. Antoin is one of four excellent young players in line for the “Young GAA Handballer of the Year” for 2015 and you can still Vote for Antoin in this category on this link – CLICK HERE

In Profile: Antoin Fox

Achievements in the past twelve months:

All sports:

GAA Handball: 40 x 20 and 60 x 30 Ulster and all Ireland colleges medals, Ulster and all Ireland  U15 40 x 20 championship medal, Mallow one wall tournament, Lough 1Wall Showdown, 2 sliver medals World Championships in one wall and 40×20, Golden Gloves national ranking tournament 15 and under champion.

Football: Winner of Tyrone skills to play at Croke Park, Grade 2 U14 league and championship winner, CbS Dalton Cup winner, Runner- Up Tyrone GAA Grade 1 County U16 Championship.

1. Tell us about your year with Loughmacrory Under 16s and your memories/thoughts in winning through to the Grade 1 Championship final before eventually losing out to Dromore in a replay:

We had and amazing year. Getting to showcase our club and talent at Healy Park on Tyrone GAA Championship finals day will be a lasting memory for us all. The atmosphere and support we had was something else.

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Antoin Fox in action for Loughmacrory Under 16s

2. This particular group of players has had a lot of success in the past few years can you tell us a bit about the team and a few players who we can expect to see doing big things in the future?

The team and management have worked and trained hard throughout the season. We set out to qualify in the league and to contest the championship. It wasn’t easy with us being a young side. It’s very hard to pinpoint individual players as all players progress at their own rates. This under 16 team will be a great addition to the club in future.

3. You came back from the World Handball Championships in Canada in August with two silver medals – can you tell us about the championships and your memories of being there?

I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to travel to Canada and I really enjoyed the whole experience. I have made good friends from all over Ireland and around the World while playing handball. I went into the competition a year young for my age-group so I never anticipated that I could have challenged the top players. Thus in achieving 2 sliver medals at the championships has given me hope and determination to continue training hard so I can compete at the highest level.

4. The Tyrone handball leagues are about to get underway – tell us about your thoughts on tyrone handball, the competition and how this stands to you when going forward to competing in Ulster and All Ireland championships?

From talking to other handballers all over Ireland, the Tyrone league is the best league in Ireland. Tyrone have always had a great set-up in handball. The leagues are a great way of getting competitive games while in pre provincial championship training and help a lot towards getting ready for the championships at Ulster and All Ireland level.

For fun…

Funniest person you know? One sentence that best describes them?

Conor McElduff – “the lad is a complete header”

3 Funniest handballers/footballers you know & one word you think best describes them…

Kenny Curran- always early

Ryan Keenan (keano) – vain

Diarmaid Gallagher – character

Tell us your favourite Joke?

don’t have one

My life & favourites…

Gaelic Footballers:

Mattie Donnelly, Mark Bradley and Diarmaid Connolly

GAA Handballers:

Ducksy Walsh and Paul Brady

Players from Loughmacrory:

Mark Mc Cullagh

Ronan Ward

Players to play for Tyrone: not my place to say.

Sports:

Gaelic games, Formula One, Rugby and UFC

Sportstars:

Ronaldo , Aguero and Conor McGregor

Celebrities:

Nathan Carter and Declan McAeer (MLA)

Band/Singer(s):

Wolftones, One Republic and Eminen

Music Video:

Like Mike

TV Show(s):

Match of the Day

Movie:

Fast and Furious

Laugh out Loud Scene in a Movie:

anything from Anchor Man 1 or 2

Food:

Pizza

Place (apart from home):

Philadelphia USA

Sports Venue:

Croke Park and Los Cabellors (L.A for handball)

Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or Twitter? Why?

Snapchat because it’s handy to chat to ones

Best thing on the internet?

YouTube

Inspirational Quote you like?

“the hands can’t touch what the eyes can’t see”

Muhammad Ali

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