Tuesday 20 March 2018

Handball: Brady determined to make history on home soil

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

CAVAN star Paul Brady is hoping to secure an unprecedented fourth consecutive world title in the World Championships, which begin today.

Brady, who secured a Cavan SFC title with Mullahoran just last Sunday and has previously lined out for the county side, is out to extend his dominance in the sport on home soil as the event comes to Dublin.

In the ladies competition, Antrim's Fiona Shannon will also be looking to win her fourth title in a row when the tournament begins in the CityWest Arena, where a state-of-the-art 21-court complex has been constructed to host the games.

More than 2,000 players from 30 countries are expected to play 3,000 matches; most of the attention will fall on the men's and ladies senior singles, with those finals down for decision on Tuesday.

Brady (right) will go in as the first seed and, for the first time, Ireland will also boast the No 2 seed. Westmeath's Robbie McCarthy takes that position in light of his Irish ranking and US Open success on his last excursion to America.

"This is without doubt the best world handball event ever," said Brady. "The fact we will have 2,000 players playing in 21 courts in an arena where 5,000 spectators per day will be present is really massive for the game of handball. I cannot wait to begin my title defence."

TG4 will also air 'The Handball Show' at 7.30pm tomorrow as part of the build-up to the tournament.

"For any sports fan in the country, this is a brilliant opportunity to savour a World Championship event where the highest levels of skill, speed, endurance and drama can be witnessed in a phenomenal arena where the greatest GAA handball stars do battle with the very best from around the world," said GAA handball chief executive Chris Curran.

• Tickets for each day of the event can be purchased for €10 (€5 for children) at www.worldhandball2012.com

Irish Independent

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