The New Year is almost upon us and in GAA Handball circles that means a very comprehensive programme of high octane competitive action on it’s way too.
Two of the County’s star players, Sean Kerr and Johnny Woods, have just spent the Christmas break in Chicago for the USHA Junior National Championships and it proved hugely profitable trip for Breacach Club indeed as Sean secured his first ever US Nationals Singles crown. Sean, who will be among the favourites for the 2016 All Ireland Minor Singles Championship, came through a large high quality field in the US to take the highly illustrious honours.
Kerr had a 21-2, 21-9 win over Devin Peters (Des Plaines, IL) in the quarters and a 21-1, 21-1 win against Rory Rakochey (Calgary, AB) earlier in the round of 16. On Tuesday evening he then delivered his best display of all to knock out the number 1 seed, Jesus Avila (Tucson, Arizona) in the semi final on a 21-5, 21-3 scoreline and then secured his Gold against Agustin Martin (Salida, California) in the final on Wednesday evening by 21-10, 21-13.
Johnny Woods was in a tough Boys 19 & Under grade and came unstuck in an epic tie-break encounter against Anthony Sullivan (California) by 21-14, 19-21, 11-1. Sullivan eventually lost out in the final to Tyler Stoffel (Minnesotta) by 21-12, 21-7.
Sean and Johnny also teamed up in the Boys 19 & Under Doubles Championship at the Latoff YMCA venue in Des Plaines and had a fine opening win against Andrew Brekke and Jason Ke (Modesto, CA/Brooklyn, NY) 21-4, 21-4 before an excellent 19-21, 21-10, 11-3 win against Tyler Stoffel and Michael Gaulton (North Mankato, MN/St. John’s, NL) in the semi final. They eventually lost out to number 1 seeds, Anthony Sullivan and Luis Bustos (San Jose, CA/Modesto, California) in the US Nationals 19 & Under Doubles final by 21-16, 21-13.
Tyrone GAA Handball Leagues take centre-stage
Next up and taking centre stage in the 40×20 arena in Tyrone GAA Handball will be the latter stages of the County Leagues, with all the knock-out action set to get underway from Sunday.
There is a big programme of games in Beragh and double bills in both Loughmacrory and Killyclogher to get the full league knock-out action started this coming Sunday 3rd January.
All players should note the revised schedule in the upcoming Tyrone GAA Handball 40×20 Championships also, with 243 players in all set to compete across a host of grades from Under 10 up to Masters 35+.
The Premier league conclusion meant that Conor McElduff and Gabhain McCrystall will have to go into a league playoff tie on Sunday evening to finalise the Premier League semi final line-up. The winner of that game meets Shane O’Neill in the semi final on Tuesday evening with Ryan Mullan facing Barry Devlin in the other semi final. That playoff match is in Beragh at 7.30pm this Sunday evening and will be preceded at the venue by the Girls Dark Blue Division 1 semi finals and the Dark Blue Premier League Semi Finals.
The Mens Division 1 League semi finals will go ahead in Loughmacrory on Sunday evening at 6.30pm while the Dark Blue Division 2 semi finals will get the weekend league knock-out action underway in Killyclogher at 1pm on Sunday.
The semi final action then moves onto Monday evening with the Mens Division 2 semi finals in Loughmacrory and Mens Division 3 semi finals in Carrickmore before the full list of League finalists (with the exception of Division 4) will be decided in full on Tuesday evening 5th January with the Premier League semi finals in Beragh at 7.30pm.
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Tyrone GAA Handball Adult and Juvenile 40×20 Championships 2016
The full programme of League Finals and schedule have also been announced and go ahead on Wednesday 6th January in Loughmacrory, Thursday 7th January in Beragh and Friday 8th January in Carrickmore – see full list below.
Meanwhile the Mens Open Singles Championship has already started with some games already going ahead in the round of 16 with Carrickmore’s Paddy McCrory and Ryan Mullan both negotiating their opening tests successfully. With Johnny Woods and Sean Kerr also to return from their successful excursion in the USA, the schedule for the Mens Open Singles Chmapionship has been amended slightly and can be seen in full on the link below.
Two of the quarter final line-ups have already been decided with reigning champion, Darragh Daly to meet Patrick McCrory and Ryan Mullan playing into Conor McElduff. The 2016 Tyrone GAA Handball Mens Open Singles Championship final is scheduled for Carrickmore on Thursday 21st January.
All championship action has now been confirmed with the full programme of Adult Championships seen above and the Juvenile Singles 40×20 Championships listed on the link below.
There will be a Tyrone Juvenile Championship finals weekend in Carrickmore with the She’s Ace Finals Day on Saturday 23rd January 2016 and the Juvenile Boys Singles Championship Finals then in Carrickmore on Sunday 24th January in Carrickmore also.
All Adult Singles Championship finals are set to conclude in January with the Senior B Singles and Junior Singles Championship Finals double bill in Loughmacrory on Saturday 16th January with the Junior B Singles and Masters Singles (35+) Finals double bill in Beragh on Thursday 28th January.
Confirmation of the full programme of Ulster GAA Handball 40×20 Championships will be released soon by the Ulster Council and doubles championships in Tyrone will be confirmed once the Ulster dates are known. A number of Tyrone GAA Handball players will be in action at the Mens Open National Ranking Tournament, the John Gaffney Memorial Tournament, in Ballaghadereen from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th January while the She’s Ace Ladies Only Handball Weekend will take place in Breaffy Sports Arena and surrounding venues from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th January 2016.
Tyrone GAA Handball 40×20 League semi final Programme
Sunday 3rd January 2016, in Beragh: Programme starting at 3.30pm.
(Venue Officials: Niall Kerr/Sean Clarke)
Dark Blue Division 1 League Semi Finals: Sunday 3rd January 2016, Beragh, 3.30pm
SF1: Mairead Fox (Loughmacrory) v Michelle Warren (Breacach)
SF2: Caitlin Conway (Loughmacrory) v Michaela McCartan (Breacach)
Dark Blue Premier League Semi Finals: Sunday 3rd January 2016, Beragh, 5.00pm
DB SF1: Antoin Fox (Loughmacrory) v Eilise McCrory (Breacach)
DB SF2: Darragh Canavan (Carrickmore) v Lorcan McBride (Carrickmore)
Premier League Section A Playoff: Sunday 3rd January 2016, Beragh, 7.00pm
PL Section A Playoff for 2nd Place: Conor McElduff (Breacach) v Gabhain McCrystall (Breacach)
Sunday 3rd January 2016, in Loughmacrory: Programme starting at 6.30pm:
(Venue Officials: Kenny Curran/Martin Toner)
Division 1 League Semi Finals: Sunday 3rd January 2016, Loughmacrory, 6.30pm
SF1: Chris Curran (Loughmacrory) v Seamus McCrory (Breacach)
SF2: Rory Grogan (Carrickmore) v Joseph Kelly (Loughmacrory)
Sunday 3rd January 2016, in Killyclogher: Programme starting at 1.00pm:
(Venue Officials: Barney McAleer)
Dark Blue Division 2 League Semi Finals: Sunday 3rd January 2016, Killyclogher, 1.00pm
DB Div 2 SF1: Caolan McCartan (Breacach) v Tiernan O’Rourke (Monaghan)
DB Div 2 SF2: Patrick Curran (Loughmacrory) v Brian McAleer (Ceapach)
Monday 4th January 2016, in Loughmacrory: Programme starting at 7.00pm:
(Venue Officials: Chris Curran/Kenny Curran)
Division 2 League Semi Finals: Monday 4th January 2016, Loughmacrory, 7.00pm
Division 2 SF1: Paddy McCullagh (Loughmacrory) v Shane McCullagh (Loughmacrory)
Division 2 SF2: Turlough Clarke (Breacach) v Stephen Conway (Loughmacrory)
Monday 4th January 2016, in Carrickmore: Programme starting at 8.00pm:
(Venue Officials: Martin Mullan/Ryan Daly)
Division 3 League Semi Finals: Monday 4th January 2016, Carrickmore, 8.00pm
Division 3 SF1: Niall Ward (Breacach) v Michael Owens (Breacach)
Division 3 SF2: Jerry Keenan (Carrickmore) v Niall Toner (Loughmacrory)
Tuesday 5th January 2016, in Beragh: Programme starting at 7.30pm:
(Venue Officials: Niall Kerr/Sean Clarke)
Premier League Semi Finals: Tuesday 5th January 2016, Beragh, 7.30pm
PL SF1: Shane O’Neill (Breacach) v Runner Up Premier League Section A (Playoff Conor McElduff v Gabhain McCrystall)
PL SF2: Barry Devlin (Breacach) v Ryan Mullan (Carrickmore)
Tyrone GAA Handball League Finals 2015/16
Wednesday 6th January 2016, Loughmacrory, 7pm
Division 2 League Final: Wednesday 6th January 2016, Loughmacrory, 7.00pm
Dark Blue Premier League Final: Wednesday 6th January 2016, Loughmacrory, 7.45pm
Division 1 League Final: Wednesday 6th January 2016, Loughmacrory, 8.30pm
Thursday 7th January 2016, Beragh, 7pm
Dark Blue Division 2 League Final: Thursday 7th January 2016, Beragh, 7.00pm
Dark Blue Division 1 League Final: Thursday 7th January 2016, Beragh, 7.30pm
Premier League Final: Thursday 7th January 2016, Beragh, 8.30pm
Friday 8th January 2016, Carrickmore, 7.30pm
Dark Blue Division 3 League Final: Friday 8th January 2016, Carrickmore, 7.30pm – Dearbhla McNamee (Carrickmore) v Meabh McCrystall (Breacach)
Division 3 League Final: Friday 8th January 2016, Carrickmore, 8.00pm