Saturday 17 March 2018

Handball: Brilliant Brady takes record title

Cavan's Paul Brady confirmed his status at the best 40x20 player to ever grace the courts of Ireland when he saw off the challenge of Armagh's Charly Shanks to claim his eighth All-Ireland Senior Singles title yesterday afternoon in Abbeylara.

In claiming another crown, Brady has now set a new Irish record, having equalled that of Kilkenny legend, Michael 'Ducksy' Walsh in 2010.

"I've been training for this day for 12 or 13 years; it was a long-term goal and words really can't describe what it means to me," he said.

Brady, who had his broken finger heavily strapped during the game, pulled off some incredible finishes to take the first game 21-17. In the second, the world No 1 brushed aside the challenge of the talented Armagh man 21-3 to earn glory.

Meanwhile, in the Ladies 40x20 All-Ireland Senior Doubles final, Kerry's Maria Daly and Ashley Prendiville defeated Antrim's Fiona Shannon and Sibeal McKenna in a three-game tussle.

In the Minor 40x20 final, Cork's Killian Carroll collected his county's first honours since fellow Rebel Tony Healy won the title in 1996, overcoming Kildare's Niall O'Connor on a scoreline of 21-7, 21-5.

Irish Independent

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