Handball: McCarthy takes title
Published 05/09/2011 | 05:00
Robbie McCarthy became the first Westmeath handballer to secure the All-Ireland Senior Softball Championship when he beat Dublin's Eoin Kennedy in Mullingar on Saturday.
Kennedy entered the 2011 decider as an eight-time champion but lost a thrilling opening game in which the protagonists were level on several occasions.
Boosted by that fine start, McCarthy soon drove clear in the second game, moving into a commanding 16-6 lead.
Kennedy rallied and cut the deficit to 16-13, but the Westmeath man held his nerve and clinched the title after a 21-13 victory in the second game.
"I lost out in the past two years in the final and all my efforts were geared towards winning this title in 2011. Eoin is a great player and it took everything from me to win," said McCarthy.
Meanwhile, Galway's Martin Mulkerrins secured his second M Donnelly All-Ireland 60x30 minor championship crown at Abbeylara on Saturday when he got the better of Kildare's Niall O'Connor.