Tuesday 21 November 2017

Brady triumphs on US return

handball

After a nine-month hiatus during which Cork youngster Killian Carroll established himself as the No 1 player on the American pro tour, world champion Paul Brady came roaring back into action in some style in New York yesterday.

The Cavan man hadn't played competitive singles since losing to Carroll, 14 years his junior, in the final of the US Nationals last June.

Brady was back to his best as he smashed Carroll 15-12, 15-4 in the final of the former Breffni footballer's comeback tournament.

'The Gunner' sent out a warning to the Mallow right-hander after Brady's semi-final win over Mexican Luis Cordova. The cat-like Carroll started well in the final but Brady quickly got on top, finding his range with kills and serving superbly.

There was some joy for Cork handballers in the Big Apple, as the in-form Catriona Casey defeated Limerick's Martina McMahon in the women's Open decider.

hockey

Youthful Three Rock Rovers edged into top spot in the EY Hockey League with a couple of away wins over the weekend.

Ben Walker was on the mark first on Saturday as they edged a very close fixture with Pembroke Wanderers 4-3 and he was among the goals once more yesterday as Rovers beat Belfast Instonians 4-1, moving them a step closer to relegation.

Meanwhile, the top four in the women's league was decided with one round of games yet to play, with UCD, Hermes-Monkstown, Cork Harlequins and Loreto guaranteed their places in the end-of-season play-offs.

camogie

The win-at-all-costs approach at underage level must change, according to the game's president Catherine Neary.

Neary highlighted the need to encourage participation among youngsters when she made her keynote address at the Association's congress in Croke Park .

"Ultimately, camogie is about participation, players will not stay if they feel that they are not valued and allowed to develop and take part in matches," said Neary.

The Uachtarán also welcomed her successor, Kathleen Woods of Armagh, who was elected unopposed as the Association's Uachtarán Tofa on Saturday.

basketball

A repeat of this year's National Cup final is in store as Ambassador UCC Glanmire and Courtyard Liffey Celtics booked their spots in the play-off final.

Glanmire aim to defend the title after a 72-58 win over Pyrobel Killester, while Liffey Celtics overcame DCU Mercy 62-55.

Meanwhile, UCD Marian and Garvey's Tralee Warriors are in the quarter-finals of the League Cup and Champions Trophy after beating Ulster University Elks 80-56 and Maree 82-67 respectively.

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