Dublin’s Eoin Kennedy and Robbie McCarthy will contest the M Donnelly All Ireland 60x30 Handball Senior Singles final on Saturday in the Williamstown handball club in Galway at 3.30pm.
Kennedy, from the St Brigid’s club, who won an incredible eight titles including seven in a row, will look to capture his ninth as he takes on reigning champion and current number 1 seed, Westmeath’s McCarthy.
This will be the fifth final that the pair have contested and with two titles apiece so far both players will be determined to win on Saturday and claim the next chapter of a great sporting rivalry.
McCarthy, the reigning champion from Mullingar, oozes class. He will glide around the court effortlessly and pick off points at will. His form coming into this final is exemplary having seen off Kilkenny legend Ducksy Walsh in the semi-finals while in the quarter-finals he defeated Meath’s Brian Carroll.
Kennedy will bring all his experience to Galway in the hope of recapturing the title he last won in 2010. A gentleman off the court the St Brigid’s man is a fierce competitor on the court and his classy style of play and his endless stamina levels are a joy to watch.
So far this year he has looked imperious in defeating Mayo’s Dessie Keegan in the semi-final, Mayo’s Joe McCann in the quarter-final and Kilkenny's Ciaran Neary in the first round.
Both men look to be in peak physical shape and both are playing excellent handball.
In their previous four meetings the duo have shared 2 titles each with Kennedy claiming wins in 2009 and 2010 and McCarthy claiming the title in 2011 and 2012.
GAA Handball are delighted to announce that the 60x30 finals programme in Williamstown will be streamed live on www.gaahandball.ie world wide from 1pm in what is a massive step forward in the promotion of the national game.