Limerick’s rising young stars, Seamus O'Carroll and CJ Fitzpatrick, claimed the Senior Doubles title at the GAA/O' Neill's All-Ireland Hardball (60X30) Championships, easily defeated Mayo's Vinny Moran and Campbell Brennan in a one-sided final at Mullingar on Saturday.
It was a case of double-delight for O'Carroll, as he had bagged the senior singles title a week earlier when he defeated Meath veteran Tom Sheridan, taking the first game 21-18 and the second 21-14, to clinch his first All-Ireland Senior crown.
It was also a case of sweet revenge for the young Limerickman, as he had lost out in both the Singles and Doubles finals at last year's championships.
In the first game O' Carroll and Fitzpatrick started brightly, storming into a commanding 6-0 lead before Moran and Brennan replied with two points in succession.
But O'Carroll and Fitzpatrick really took control from there on, and the Limerick duo raced away to a decisive 21-8 victory. The second game was even more one-sided, with O'Carroll and Fitzpatrick racing into a commanding 8-0 lead.
The Limerick duo was in devastating form and their opponents, Moran and Brennan, were mesmerised by the relentless onslaught as O' Carroll and Fitzpatrick retrieved and killed the ball at will.
Despite some stern resistance from the Mayo pairing O’Carroll and Fitzpatrick stretched ahead to close out on an emphatic 21-4 scoreline.
Meanwhile, in the Minor Doubles final young Cork aces Michael Hedigan and Daniel Relihan easily defeated Wexford’s Galen Riordan and Padraig Foley, recording 21-11 and 21-5 to win comfortably.
Meath veterans Tom Sheridan and Joe Lynch claimed the Masters Doubles title when they defeated Kildare's Michael Dowling and Neil Morrison in a hard-fought final over two games.
The first game was a closely fought affair, with the score level on numerous occasions. However, as the game neared the end, Sheridan and Lynch found reserves to secure a 21-19 win.
The second game proved to be a much more one-sided affair, with Sheridan and Lynch seizing control. The Meath pairing took the game 21-8, to seal a deserved success and Sheridan's second crown of this year's championships.
In the Junior Doubles final Kildare's Niall O'Connor and Paul Moran comprehensively beat Keith Kavanagh and James Gregan 21-1, 21-4.