Paul Brady goes head to head with Robbie McCarthy this weekend in Roscommon in a highly-anticipated Men’s Senior Handball final.
Brady, 32, is without doubt the most successful Irish player to have graced the 40x20 court.
He is chasing a staggering eighth straight GAA handball 40x20 singles title this weekend and ninth in total.
The Breffni man remains in buoyant mood ahead of the final: “My preparations have been great up to now. The injury has healed as well as it’s going to, so it's not a factor at this point. I have prepared as well as I ever have so I'm ready on all levels for the challenge that lies ahead.”
“I'm more interested in extending my overall record and want to collect my nith title. The fact that it’s eight in-a-row doesn't register with me. That loss in 2004 was a 21-20 third game loss to Tony Healy and that still motivates and sickens me, in equal measure, to this minute.”
Like Brady, McCarthy is ready for the encounter to commence and is relishing the underdog tag. “I have improved my eating habits; I am sleeping well and training well. I feel as if I’m playing ok and obviously there is room for improvement as there always is.
“I have not seen Paul playing this year and obviously I am going in as underdog but it is a position I like to be in and I don’t feel any pressure on me.
“The last time we met I don’t feel as if I played my best in the semi-final of the 40x20 championship and this year I hope to do better and we will see how it goes.”