Tyrone minor doubles pair, Gabhainn McCrystal and Pol Clarke, added another Ulster title to the county’s roll of honour for 2012 when they defeated Monaghan duo Darren Doherty and Darren Byrne in last weekend’s provincial championship decider.
The Brackey pairing will now meet the Connacht champions in the All-Ireland semi-final, while their clubmates, Seamus and Eamon McCrory, are also preparing for an All-Ireland assault in the over 35 category. Both doubles teams will have home advantage for their semi-final engagements, but this weekend the Tyrone players who recently secured Ulster singles titles will have to travel to Connacht to stake their claim for an All-Ireland final place.
The tie of the weekend from a Tyrone perspective will be the All-Ireland intermediate singles semi-final in Moycullen featuring Carrickmore’s Caolan Daly and Galway’s brilliant teenager, Martin Mulkerrins, who only last weekend won the prestigious US Collegiate title.
At the same venue, Brackey’s Seamus McCrory will face Galway’s Trevor Hannon in the Over 35B Singles semi-final, while Loughmacrory’s Lisa McAleer is due to be in action in Ballaghadereen against Mayo’s Pauline Gallagher in the ladies intermediate singles semi-final, although Lisa has picked up an injury since beating Armagh’s Fionnuala McKenna in the Ulster decider and had to pull out of the ladies open singles competition last weekend.
Meanwhile, Darragh Daly and Shane O’Neill are due to face Roscommon in the Irish Open doubles preliminary round on Wednesday night in Kells. Darragh recently succumbed to an in form Brian Carroll of Meath in the open singles competition, while Shane put up a very good performance in the Open Singles before eventually going down in a three game match to Mayo’s Joe McCann.
Tyrone went into this year’s provincial series with a strong squad of players, with boys and girls representing five different clubs, and following last weekend’s semi-final programmes in Truagh and Kingscourt, the county remains on course for Ulster titles in nearly every grade.
The 2012 provincial juvenile finals will take place in Kingscourt on Saturday 10th March and the following players will have high hopes of victory following their semi-final success…
U12 Doubles Antoin Fox and Ronan Curran (Loughmacrory)
U13 Singles Turlough Clarke (Brackey)
U13 Doubles Ciaran Cuddy and Tiernan Mc Aleer (Carrickmore/Cappagh)
U14 Singles Sean Kerr (Brackey)
U14 Doubles Matthew Mc Cartan and Shane Mc Crystall (Brackey and Loughmacrory)
U15 Doubles Pauric Mullan and Jack Campbell (Carrickmore and Brackey)
U16 Singles Niall Allison (Carrickmore)
U16 Doubles Johnny Woods and Ryan Mullan (Brackey and Carrickmore)
U17 Doubles Matthew Mc Sorley and Luke Kelly (Brackey and Carrickmore)
U12 Doubles Emer Kerr and Ciara Mullan (Carrickmore)
U13 Singles Elizabeth Mc Garvey (Brackey)
U14 Singles Elise Mc Crory (Brackey)
U15 Doubles Patricia Mc Donald and Lucy Mc Geary (Pomeroy)
U16 Doubles Aoife Kelly and Maeve Mc Elduff (Loughmacrory and Brackey)
U17 Singles Zara Girvan (Pomeroy)
U17 Doubles Michaela Mc Namee and Michaela Mc Guigan (Pomeroy)