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February 12th, 2019

Harps Handball Report

Ten of our juvenile players represented their club and county with distinction in the Ulster Juvenile championships at four different Tyrone venues last weekend. It was a proud moment to see so many of our young players in their County colours. Many thanks to parents and trainers for preparing the players and providing transport and much-needed support.

In Carrickmore our under 12 doubles pairing of Calum Sherry and Adam Richardson had an easy win over Down opponents to reach the semifinal. What followed was an excellent battle against the McCannon brothers who represented Cavan. This went to the latter pairing on a tie-break. The scores were agonisingly close at 14-15, 15-10 and 15-11. Congratulations to the Cavan players on reaching the final on February 23rd in Kingscourt.

Our U13 pairing of Oisín McGeown and Matas Sakalauskas deservedly reached the final with an excellent 2-game win over Cavan. Both Harps players were in great form. Fergal Magee was our Representative in U13 singles semi final. However, the favourite, Ruairí Kerr, from Tyrone proved too strong and won in straight games.

On paper Seán Callan’s semi final match against Cavan’s Niall Magee was expected to be very tough. Seán proved the pundits wrong with victory in straight games on the score of 15-10, 15-0.

Our next player to reach the Ulster finals was Aidan McGeough in U15 singles. He was in superlative form against Antrim’s Charlie Merton. This was a well-deserved win.
Not to be outdone our girls, Emily and Louise McGinnity also got through to the Ulster finals with their respective victories in U12 and U16 singles.

Next week we will see Aidan Cunningham, Szymon Polewski and Tiarnán O’Rourke play their semifinals. Already into the u17 singles final is Deivydas Kaklauskas.

So congratulations to our 7 confirmed finalists on February 23rd They are Emily, Louise, Seán, Matas, Oisín, Aidan and Deivydas.

Also into the Minor Singles final on February 24th is Eoghan McGinnity who easily defeated his Down opponent. This was a remarkable achievement as he won the All-Ireland Colleges 40×20 title the previous day. What a week for Handball’s Young player of the Year.

Photo 1 Oisin & Matas Boys Under 13 Doubles.jpg

Photo 01 Oisin & Matas Boys Under 13 Doubles

Photo 2 Aidan McGeough Boys Under 15 Singles.jpg

Photo 02 Aidan McGeough Boys Under 15 Singles