Friday 24 November 2017

Handball: Brady has another title in sights

Paul Fitzpatrick

The stage is set for the last four of the O'Neill's Open 40x20 Championships today, with world No 1 and nine-time champion Paul Brady set to face surprise semi-finalist Dominick Lynch from Kerry.

The Mullahoran man easily saw off Antrim's Owen McKenna last weekend, while veteran Lynch (35) pulled off an upset against Diarmuid Nash, the world U-23 champion.

Another veteran, Ricky McCann, defeated Michael Finnegan in the quarter-final, while the line-up is completed by Robbie McCarthy.

There was a huge shock in the ladies championship when Cork teenager Cathriona Casey stunned world champion Aisling Reilly from Antrim to book her place in the semi-final.

She will be joined by former champion Maria Daly, Ashley Prendiville and Anna Spence.

GAA president Liam O'Neill last week pledged that the GAA will underwrite handball losses of almost €1.4m, incurred from hosting the World Championships last October.

Irish Independent

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