Meath veteran, Tom Sheridan, teamed-up with rising young Westmeath star, Robbie McCarthy Junior, to claim the Men's Open Senior Doubles title of this year's Danny O'Sullivan Softball (60X30) Memorial Invitational Tournament.
McCarthy and Sheridan defeated Wexford aces, Barry Goff and Colin Keeling, in a thrilling final, over three games, at Hospital, Co. Limerick.
The annual, prestigious, benefit tournament, consistently attracts the best of the national pool of large (60X30) court players and this year was no exception, with sixteen of the country's top senior exponents of the Softball (60X30) code, in action, over the weekend
Goff and Keeling, who were the 2010 winners and last year's beaten finalists, were the slight pre-match favourites to regain their crown.
The Wexford duo, who are the current GAA/O'Neill's/M. Donnelly All-Ireland Softball (60X30) Championships, Men's Open Senior Doubles champions, were fresh from their Men's Open Senior Doubles triumph, last weekend and were expected to extend their rich vein of recent form.
In the first game, the score was level on numerous occasions and the game hung in the balance, all the way through. However, Goff and Keeling then hit a purple patch, displaying their full array of lethal kill shots and silken pasing shots, allied to their trademark rocket-like serve, as they forged ahead, to close out, on a narrow scoreline of 17-21.
The second game followed a similar pattern to the first game, with the score level, several times and at one stage, it was anyone's game.
Then Sheridan and McCarthy hit top gear, producing their own armoury of pinpoint kill shots and smooth passing shots, allied to some explosive serving, as they surged ahead, to close out, on an identically-narrow scoreline of 21-17.
The third game also proved to be a cracker, as each set of players swapped point-for-point and the capacity crowd were kept on tenterhooks, right throughout.
However, Sheridan and McCarthy proved to have more reserves left in the tank, as they edged tenaciously ahead, to close out, again on an identically-narrow scoreline of 21-17, to seal a deserved victory.