A mouth watering final match-up between Dublin and Meath is still on track in this year's M Donnelly All-Ireland 60x30 Open Doubles championship after Dublin pair Eoin Kennedy and Carl Browne came through their first-round clash at the weekend.
Kennedy and Browne were teaming up for the first time in championship handball following Browne's high-profile transfer from Meath to the capital.
Dublin defeated the Royal pair of Tom Sheridan and Brian Carroll, the reigning All-Ireland champions, in the recent Irish Nationals in a heated final and neutrals are licking their lips at the prospect of a championship clash between the heavyweights.
Meath had a bye this weekend but Kennedy and Browne easily saw off Cavan's James Brady and Patrick Clerkin, with, in other action, Limerick (CJ Fitzpatrick and Paul Hedderman) comfortably defeating Mayo (Vincent Moran and Campbell Brennan).
Veteran Michael 'Ducksy' Walsh also advanced. He paired up with left-hander Ciaran Neary to see off Roscommon's Chis Doolin and Aengus Cunningham in the third game, while Wexford veterans Gavin Buggy and Tommy Hynes had a straightforward win over Limerick youngsters Paudi Quish and Eamon Davern.