Rising young Westmeath star Robbie McCarthy Jnr (Mullingar) further enhanced his growing reputation as one of the country's finest emerging talents when he claimed the singles title at the GAA/O' Neill's Irish One-Wall National Championships at Citywest in Dublin on Sunday.
McCarthy saw off Clare’s Diarmuid Nash (Tuamgraney) in a thrilling final over three games.
In the first game, McCarthy was well in control throughout,
killing and retrieving the ball at will and despite some stern
resistance from a resilient Nash, the Westmeath man forging ahead to close out on a decisive scoreline of 15-9.
In the second game, Nash hit his stride as he forced a tiebreaker after prevailing 15-12.
Nash raced into what appeared to be a commanding 8-1 lead, but McCarthy responded in emphatic fashion, reeling off ten consecutive points and eventually prevailing 11-9 to record his second win in the event.
Meanwhile, in the women's event, Down’s Lorraine Havern (Saval) drubbed Fiona Shannon (St Paul's, Belfast) 15-2 15-0 to regain the crown she first won 2010.