Thursday 14 December 2017

Handball: Brady eyes US Open title

Paul Fitzpatrick

Fresh from his heroics at CityWest, World handball champion Paul Brady has flown to Los Angeles to compete in the US Open, where he looks set for a rematch with top American Luis Moreno.

The Cavan man, who was sent off while playing for Mullahoran in their Ulster Club SFC defeat to Errigal Ciaran last Sunday -- insisted that his focus is on performing rather than the $10,000 first prize.

"I just want to stay relaxed and get through it," said Brady, who plays his first-round match on Friday. "Last week was tough, mentally and physically, and I'm sure Moreno will be on a high after winning the doubles, but I'll be watching every player closely.

"Others will be fresher than I am and any one of them could potentially take me out if I'm not at my best. I just have to make sure I stay focused."

Brady will start as favourite at Los Cabbaleros for what is effectively the fourth 'Major' of the season. Apart from Moreno, Armagh's Charly Shanks and Texan Allan Garner -- who missed out on the World Championships -- are likely to provide the biggest threats for Brady.

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