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Robbie McCarthy claims third successive All-Ireland handball title

Updated: Sunday, 08 Sep 2013 19:03 | Comments

Robbie McCarthy defeated Eoin Kennedy 21-20, 21-9
Robbie McCarthy defeated Eoin Kennedy 21-20, 21-9

Westmeath’s Robbie McCarthy sealed a third successive All-Ireland 60x30 senior singles title when he saw off the determined challenge of Eoin Kennedy in an epic final in Williamstown, Co Galway.

The action which was streamed live in a historic first for the sport saw one of the greatest final programmes in recent times take place at the Galway venue.

The Mullingar man took a 10-1 lead in game one as he came out of the blocks in blistering fashion, but eight-time champion Kennedy came roaring back and levelled at 20-20 before agonisingly missing a shot by inches for the first game, this gave McCarthy the chance and he closed out the game with a precise pass shot down the left.

The second game was tight for long periods before McCarthy pulled away to seal a 21-20, 21-9 victory after a sensational match.

“Eoin was a great champion and came back this year with a bang," said McCarthy.

"I learned a lot from him growing up, he was a fantastic role model, so I’m delighted to have beaten a player of his calibre.”

In the earlier games Limerick’s Paudie Quish retained his minor title following an enthralling tussle with Wexford’s Galen Riordan, with Quish winning a third game tie-breaker 21-9.

Meanwhile, Tipperary’s Fergal Collins and David Hickey won the intermediate doubles title after defeating Mayo’s Stephen Cooney and Ian McLoughlin in two games.

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