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Robbie McCarthy Jnr. successfully retained his Irish (40X20) National Championships title

Updated: Sunday, 29 Apr 2012 10:43

Robbie McCarthy retained his National title in Cavan on Sunday
Robbie McCarthy retained his National title in Cavan on Sunday

Robbie McCarthy Jnr. successfully retained his GAA/O' Neill's Irish (40X20) National Championships Men's Open Senior Singles title in Cavan on Saturday.

McCarthy Jnr. was well in control throughout both games and despite some stern resistance from Michael Gregan, the Westmeathman won 21-9, 21-9 to claim back-to-back titles.

Meanwhile, in the Women's Open Senior Singles final, Antrim's Aisling Reilly caused an upset by defeating clubmate and defending champion and No.1 seed Fiona Shannon in a tense encounter over two games.

In the first game, Reilly began explosively, storming into a
commanding 15-3 lead, before Shannon clawed her way back to 18-14. But that was as near as shannon got, as Reilly pointed three times in succession to close out on a decisive scoreline of 21-14.

The second game proved to be a much more one-sided affair, as Reilly opened an early 5-2 lead. From there on, she never looked back, pointing 16 consecutive times to close out 21-2.

Legendary Kilkenny handballer Michael "Ducksy" Walsh added yet another title to his illustrious list, when he bagged the Masters "A" Singles crown, easily defeating ace Meath veteran Tom Sheridan.

Walsh was well in control throughout both games and extended his unbeaten record on the Masters circuit with a 21-12, 21-11 victory.

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