Saturday 21 April 2018

Brady hoping for dual delight from action-packed weekend

Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

WIN an All-Ireland handball title on Saturday and then help Cavan beat Fermanagh in their crucial NFL Division 3 clash at Breffni Park the following afternoon.

That would be the ideal weekend for World Handball champion and Cavan footballer Paul Brady, but he knows it's easier said than done.

Brady can equal the great 'Ducksy' Walsh's record of seven All-Ireland handball titles, and Pat Kirby's six- in-a-row, if he defeats Charly Shanks from Armagh in the senior singles final at Kingscourt.

The talented dual performer has already beaten Shanks in the Ulster final earlier in the year, and said: "I beat him well enough last time, but I'm going to have to beat him well again.

"I'm going for my seventh title, and a six-in-a-row. "It will equal Pat Kirby's record if I win, so it sets me up nicely for the rest of my career if I win it and hopefully overtake Pat. Then I can hopefully concentrate on my football career for a good period."

On Sunday, Tommy Carr's Cavan footballers will have to beat Fermanagh and hope that Wexford and Sligo, who have a two-points advantage on them, slip up, if they are to gain promotion.

Brady has yet to play for the footballers in the current league, and hopes that fatigue after the handball clash on Saturday won't affect him.

"I have played handball before playing football in the past," said the 30-year-old. "I have done that a good few times. Hopefully I will have recovered by Sunday."

Irish Independent

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