St. Macartans was well represented at the 2ndLevel Colleges competition in Kingscourt last Saturday, with five Students having won Ulster titles, and progressing to the All Ireland Semi Finals. The Ulster winners were:
Intermediate Boys Singles Final: Darren Doherty
Intermediate Boys Doubles: Ramunas Ramanauskas / Conal McKenna
Senior Boys Doubles: Ryan Treanor / Conor Bogue
Darren Doherty made short work of his opponent in the Semi but the doubles teams had a tougher battle with the Intermediate Doubles going to a tie breaker. Both the Intermediate and the Senior Doubles teams were defeated in the Semi Finals. Darren Doherty battled his way to the Intermediate Singles All Ireland final where he came up against John Lalor from Galway. The Emyvale clubman and 5th year Student at St. Macartans was in control of this match all the way and won it in two straight games, taking gold for the Sem. Congratulations to Darren and indeed well done to the four Doubles players for progressing so far in the competition. Great to see that Handball is alive and well in the Sem!
Another great day of Handball in the Kingscourt complex, with youngsters from all over the country taking part. Thanks to Austin McKenna the event ran smoothly and on time, and the Kingscourt club were, as always, very accommodating and hospitable. Scores for the matches played below:
Intermediate Boys Singles Semi Final:Darren Doherty (St. Macartan’s, Monaghan)dft Robert Fox (St. Ciaran’s CS Kells) 15-4, 15-4
Intermediate Boys Doubles Semi Final:Evan Sheridan/Dylan Sheridan (St. Ciaran’s CS Kells) dft Ramunas Ramanauskas / Conal McKenna (St. Macartan’s, Monaghan)14-15, 15-3, 15-0
Senior Boys Doubles Semi Final: Cian O’Dalaigh & Corey Fay (Sc Chaitriona) dftRyan Treanor / Conor Bogue (St. Macartan’s, Monaghan) 15-4, 15-3
Intermediate Boys Singles Final: Darren Doherty (St. Macartan’s, Monaghan) dft John Lalor (St Mary’s Coll. Galway) 15-0, 15-5
Ulster Juveniles Reach Finals
Following a very successful outing to Kingscourt on Sunday the following Harps players are now into the Ulster finals which will be held in the same venue on March 9th:
Justas Dambinskas is through to the Under 13 Singles final; Cailean Myles and Hubert Sheinbach are through to the Under 13 Doubles final and Martin Mullen has made it to the Under 15 Doubles final. Ramunas Ramanauskas has already qualified for the Under 17 final. The Under 12 Singles and Doubles games involving Eoghan Mc Ginnity, Jakub Szkup and Konrad Kowal had to be postponed due to injuries to their respective opponents. However it would be a great surprise if they too didn’t join the others on March 9th.
Justas beat a very capable Tim Prenter from Down over 2 games. Cailean and Hubert also won over 2 games. Martin teamed up with partner James Mc Cague to win a very close match against Armagh opponents over 3 games.
Primary School finals in Donegal
It’s off to Donegal on Saturday for our boys and girls for the Ulster finals in the Cumann na mBunscol competition. Good luck to Tiernan, Deivydas, Eoghan, Jakub, Konrad, Justas, Louise and Viktorija. The girls play in Ballybofey while the boys travel to Glenfinn.
Ulster Adult Finals
There was disappointment for Conor Mc Donnell and Martin Mc Entee in their respective finals. Conor lost out to his Down opponent, Seán Mc Nally, by 1 single point in the deciding game. Martin lost in 2 games to his Antrim rival Tony Caddell. Terry Mc Elvaney faced a tough Tyrone opponent in the Under 21 Final but he was in superb form and duly won over 2 games. Ulster winners now proceed to play the Munster champions next month.
Congratulations to Gavin Coyle and Gary Mc Elroy for reaching Ulster finals. Gary in the under 17s doubles who got a bye in the semi final. Gavin came trough his semi final in style against the Tyrone opposition. News on finals next week. Congratulations and best of luck to both!
GAA leauge- In the GAA leauge our A team went up against the in form B team. The A team were out to seek revenge for the defeat the last time out, after a raging battle it was the B team that came out on top to complete the double.
Senior leauge- Monaghan Harps were the opponents last Monday night. The Bawn team came away with the win. Next up, Coduff!
Club doubles leauge- Fixtures are on the notice board, please make an effort to play your games as soon as possible.
Adult handball championship
The week ahead will determine the fate of four of our adult handballers in the county championship. On Saturday night there is a double bill in Monaghan when Emmet Caulfield faces Martin Clerkin in the novice three championship final and Mickey Eoin plays Tim Oliver in the novice 2 championship final and both those games will probably go down to the wire. Also at the weekend Paul Cassidy plays Cormac Sherry in an all Tydavnet novice 1 county final in Bawn this Friday at 8pm. The last time we had one of these was when Mickey Holohan defeated Brendan Finan at the end of the last century. We wish all our competitors the very best of luck in the finals.
Ulster Juvenile Handball
The Tydavnet handball club had some great success in the Ulster juvenile championships at Kingscourt at the weekend. In the U15 singles semi-final Conor Leonard defeated Cavan’s Shane McVeety and will now face Jordan Murtagh from Armagh in the final. In the U15 doubles TydavnetsJames McCague and Martin Mullan from Monaghan Harps defeated first Down and then Armagh opposition in a three game thriller 12 -15, 15-8, 15-11 and will now play Tyrone in the Ulster final. In the U16 semi-final Tydavnets Conor Mohan and Gary Treanor from St Mellans defeated Down opposition and will now play Tyrone in the Ulster final. Meanwhile in the U14 doubles Tydavnets Ronan King and Killian Sherry defeated Antrim opposition before falling to Armagh in the semi-final 15-12, 15-14. Well done to all our players and good luck in the Ulster finals which are scheduled for Kingscourt on Saturday 9th March starting at 10.30am
Congratulations to Terry McElvaney from Monaghan Harps who won the Ulster U21 championship final against Conor McElduff from Tyrone in Scotstown at the weekend and good luck in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Ulster Finals. Congratulations to Michael McCarron who won the Ulster final in the “Diamond Masters A Singles” in Beragh last weekend, there he took on David Mulhern from Donegal, loosing the first game 12-18 Mickey dug deep and took the game 21-18, having lost momentum the Donegal man could not turn back the tide of inevitability and lost the 2nd 21-13, well done to Mickey for securing yet another Ulster title and good luck now as you enter the All Ireland arena.
Adult County Championships. The county adult Singles Championships have reached final stages now with only one club member making the summit, Eamon Todd has reached the Junior final but no date or venue has been set yet for the final.
Adult Club Competitions. Would all adult players make sure the clubs Singles & Doubles competitions in both divisions are played on the date set or definitely before the next game is fixed, contact your opponent if any problem arises from the fixtures.
Juvenile County Doubles. A list of the doubles entered into the county doubles for our juveniles is on display at both alleys so get practicing for the competitions as it is just around the corner.
Speedy Recovery. The club would like to wish Padraig Mc Kenna a speedy recovery after getting injured during a college football match.