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Weekend handball round-up

Updated: Monday, 05 Mar 2012 19:34

Tom Sheridan and playing partner Brian Carroll impressed
Tom Sheridan and playing partner Brian Carroll impressed

Another major weekend of GAA Handball All Ireland Championship action saw the big guns reach the final stages.

In the O'Neills Mens Open All-Ireland Championship race, the doubles series entered the quarter-final stages with no major shocks.

Reigning champions, Cavan's Paul Brady and Michael Finnegan held all the aces against Kilkenny's Patrick and Peter Funchion, winning 21-11, 21-9 in Leixlip.

Brady and Finnegan now have an intriguing tussle with Limerick's rising stars, Seamus O'Carroll and CJ Fitzpatrick, in the last eight stage, following the Limerick duo's impressive 21-8, 21-14 win over Cavan's James Brady and Patrick Clerkin.

Last season's finalists, Meath's Tom Sheridan and Brian Carroll, delivered the most telling performance of the weekend in Crinkle as they scored an emphatic 21-5, 21-3 win over Diarmaid Nash and Niall Malone.

That win has set up an intriguing head to head with Munster Champions, Ger Coonan and Fergal Collins, the latter having a thrilling third game 21-18 victory over Antrim's Sean Devine and Paul Graham.

Mayo's Dessie Keegan and Joe McCann, were forced to pull out all the stops in an absorbing contest with Wexford's Gavin Buggy and Paul Lambert, losing the first 21-20 before coming back to win 21-16, 21-8.

Keegan and McCann will take on Antrim champions, Ricky McCann and Seamus O'Tuama in the quarter-finals, with the Saffron duo having scored a 21-15, 21-19 win over Cork's pairing of Brendan Fleming and Killian Carroll.

In the All-Ireland Ladies Open Senior Championship, the biggest tie of the weekend was at Leixlip where Antrim's Aisling Reilly exhibited beat highly regarded Cork teenager, Catriona Casey, in a third game thriller. Reilly won through 12-21, 21-14, 21-9.

The Antrim women will now cross swords with her club colleague, Fiona Shannon, in the semi-final, after the World Champion powered past Down's Lorraine Havern by 21-14, 21-12 in their quarter final meeting.

The last two semi final places will be decided when reigning champion, Kerry's Maria Daly faces Kildare's Anna Spence and Roscommon's Marianna Rushe takes on Kerry's Ashley Prendiville in the last of the quarter final ties.

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