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McCarthy: three senior singles titles in a row.
McCarthy: three senior singles titles in a row.
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Robbie McCarthy is the All-Ireland handball champion again

McCarthy beat eight-time champion Eoin Kennedy in Williamstown earlier today.
Sep 7th 2013, 6:29 PM 1,752 3

WESTMEATH’S ROBBIE MCCARTHY sealed a third successive All-Ireland 60×30 Senior Singles title when he saw off a game Eoin Kennedy in the final in Williamstown, Co Galway.

The 26-year-old Mullingar right-hander took a 10-1 lead in game one but eight-time champion Kennedy came roaring back and levelled at 20-all, before McCarthy closed out the game with a precise pass shot down the left.

The second game was tight for long periods before McCarthy’s younger legs helped him pull away to seal a 21-20, 21-9 victory after a sensational match.

“Eoin was a great champion and came back this year with a bang. I learned a lot from him growing up, he was a fantastic role model, so I’m delighted to have beaten a player of his calibre.

“I’ll enjoy tonight and then focus on the doubles semi-final next week,” said McCarthy.

– Paul Fitzpatrick

RESULTS

  • Minor Singles: P Quish (Limerick) dft G Riordan (Wexford) 21-17, (13-21), 21-9
  • Intermediate Doubles: D Hickey/F Collins (Tipperary) dft I McLoughlin/S Cooney (Mayo) 21-7, 21-20
  • Senior Singles: R McCarthy (Westmeath) dft E Kennedy (Dublin) 21-20, 21-10

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