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Legend Ducksy back in singles action and gunning for glory

Published 13/08/2010 | 05:00

Walsh: return to action
Walsh: return to action

After a year in the gallery, Kilkenny legend Michael 'Ducksy' Walsh returned to senior singles softball action last weekend and tomorrow will be seeking to extend his run when he takes on Cavan's Michael Finnegan in the GAA 60x30 championships.

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Four exciting quarter-final clashes take place in Kells (Meath) and Mullingar (Westmeath) tomorrow, with Walsh in action at the Royal venue for his match after a year in retirement.

Finnegan recorded a 21-12 21-17 win over Tipperary's Paul Mullins last weekend to seal his quarter-final place against Walsh.

"It's great to be back in championship mode. I really enjoyed the doubles last year but it's fantastic to be back playing singles," said Walsh.

"I'm looking forward to playing Michael -- it's been a while, and I'm sure it will be a good game."

In the second game at the Meath venue, Wexford's Barry Goff also makes a welcome return to the senior singles championship after a four-year break, and many are marking the former Model County hurling ace as a real contender for the title. Goff takes on last year's beaten finalist, Westmeath's Robbie McCarthy.

In Mullingar, reigning champion Eoin Kennedy (Dublin) takes on Meath stalwart Tom Sheridan in one of the most eagerly awaited meetings of the championship.

Kennedy has dominated the senior softball championship since the turn of the century and is bidding for an incredible seventh title in succession.

Irish Independent

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