Handball: Darren Doherty and Maeve McElduff Are 2014 Colleges Champions

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Updated: February 21, 2014

The GAA Handball All Ireland 40×20 2nd Level Colleges Championships took place in Kingscourt Cavan  as the 2014 Colleges winners were crowned across ten different grades.

The Girls Junior Singles title went to Roscommon’s Fiona Tully Convent of Mercy Roscommon, who defeated Sinead Meagher of St Mary’s Secondary School Nenagh over two games. Tully earlier defeated Holly Hynes from Presentation College Wexford in the semi final while Meagher had overcome Aoibhinn Henderson from St Michaels Grammar school Lurgan in a third game tie breaker in their semi final. The Junior Girls Doubles titles went to St Michaels Grammar School in Lurgan as Niamh Coleman and Alana Doran defeated Kiltimagh’s Dayna Finn and Maggie Byrne in the final. The Armagh girls had earlier defeated Catruona Millane & Clodagh Neville of Laurel Hill, Limerick while Finn & Byrne accounted for Catriona Lawlor & Aileen Hennessy in their semi final.

In the Senior Girls grades, the Girls Senior Doubles title went to Tyrone and Dean Maguire, Carrickmore as Aoife Kelly & Eilise McRory defeated Roisin Ní Chonghaile & Adhna Ní Odhrain- Ní Mhurchú (Col Na Coirbe) in a three game thriller with both sides winning one game easily enough before the Tyrone girls took the tie-breaker. In the semi finals Kelly & McRory defeated Michelle & Niamh McCarthy from Hazelwood College in Limerick while the Galway girls overcame the challenge of Denise Love & Aisling Maher from Castlecomer CS.

The Girls Senior Singles champion is also from Tyrone as Loreto Grammar School Omagh’s Maeve McElduff took the title defeating Niamh Dunne from Colaiste Mhuire Johnstown in the final. McElduff earlier defeated Cathy Foley from Hazelwood College Limerick while Dunne received a bye following the withdrawal of Ciana Ní Churraoin of Galway due to illness.

The Junior Boys titles went to Tyrone as Sean Kerr (Dean Maguire, Carrickmore) took home the Boys Junior singles title defeating Daniel Kavanagh (Wexford) in three games in what was a cracking final. Earlier Kerr had defeated Colin Ryan Cashel Community College in the semi final while Kavanagh defeated Diarmuid Mulkerrins from St Marys Galway. The Junior Boys Doubles title also went to Tyrone and also took a tie break to decide the outcome as Pauric Mullan & Turlough Clarke (Omagh CBS) defeated P. Ó Donnacha & S. Ó Maoilchiarán (Inis Mór). The Omagh pairing defeated David Walsh/Tadgh O Neill (Patrician Academy Mallow, Cork) in their semi while the Inis Mór pairing defeated Cathal O’Connor & Michael Fallon (C.B.S. Roscommon).

The Intermediate Boys titles were won by Clare and Tipperary as Fergal Coughlan Rice College Ennis took the singles title defeating St Ciaran’s CS Kells’ Evan Sheridan in two games. Coughlan had earlier accounted for Gavin Coyle of Ballybay Community College, Monaghan while Sheridan came through his semi final against Niall Joyce of Colmans College Clairemorris, Mayo.
Jonathan Walsh & Daniel Hayes (Cashel Community College, Tipperary) defeated Peter Smith/Robert Fox (St. Ciaran’s CS Kells) to take the Intermediate Doubles title following semi final victories over Stephen Smith & Cian McManus (St. Patrick’s College, Cavan) & Cathal O’Connor & Michael Fallon (C.B.S. Roscommon) respectively.

In the Senior Boys grade a competive field in both singles and doubles emerged with the titles eventually going to St. Macartan’s – Monaghan in the singles and St Peters Wexord in the Doubles. The Wexford pairing of Padraig Foley & Galen Riordan received a walkover in their semi final against John Lalor and Conor Noone from St Mary’s Galway and lay in wait for their final opponents as Omagh CBS’ Pól Clarke and Niall Allison took on Ricky Bolton and Willie Fitzgerald from Scarriff CC Clare. It was the Tyrone pairing who made it through to face the Wexford pairing and in the end Foley and Riordan who are both top underage players had too much for the Tyrone pairing securing the title over two games.

In the Boys Senior Singles Monaghan’s Darren Doherty took on Daniel Relihan from Charleville CBD Cork in what appeared the stronger side of the draw, Doherty was in devastating form as he wrapped up the semi final win 6&8 to book his place in the final where he would meet the winner of Dylan Sheridan of St Ciarans CS Kells and G Nolan of St Nathys College Ballaghaderreen. It was to be Sheridan who would take on Doherty as he booked his place in the final with and 8&6 victory over his Mayo counterpart. Doherty once again was clinical and proved too strong for Meath’s Sheridan as he took the title 7&3.

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