Thursday 14 December 2017

Handball: Brady ready to take on world

HANDBALL: Having claimed his seventh US National Championship crown on Sunday, Paul Brady's focus is now shifting firmly on to October's World Championships in Citywest.

Having missed last year's tournament through injury, the Cavan man was on a mission to reclaim his title in California last week and he did so in some style, dismissing Armagh's Charlie Shanks in the final.

And, with mission accomplished, Brady will take some time off ahead of the worlds in the autumn.

"I'm really excited about the worlds," he said. "The way the championships have been publicised in Ireland is something new, I've never seen such publicity. Handball is booming in Ireland.

"I will take a few weeks off and then I think I'll be a lot more focused coming into that. I am so focused on training to win that again.

"I will play some football during the summer, take each week as it comes, and with the Olympic committee coming it is important that every nation comes to the event. Hopefully all the top players can make it."

And after missing last year's tournament, Brady was delighted to reclaim his title. "It meant a lot," he said. "Last year I was devastated that I couldn't come. I spent a few months being really down, but I was determined to come back. I was here to get my title back."

It was another all-Irish final in the women's single Open final as Belfast's Aisling Reilly overcame Marianne Rush of Roscommon late on Sunday.

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