Pól Ó Muirí
Congratulations to Cavan’s Paul Brady for winning his sixth All-Ireland 40×20 handball title in a row and his seventh in total. Brady beat my club mate, Charly Shanks, on Saturday in Kingscourt, Co Cavan, 21/17 and 21/7. Unfortunately, I could not get to the game but reliable sources – ie our club’s senior team captain, Collie – informs me that the standard of play from both players was incredible and Charly did manage to take more points from Brady in the first game than any other senior player this year. Cold comfort for Charly but something none the less. I know the amount of work he puts in to his game. Hopefully, the training will result in a title soon. (In fact, Charly is playing tonight with partner James Doyle in the doubles quarter-final against Tom Sheridan and Brian Carroll of Meath.)
Still, congratulations to Brady. Having watched him in action a couple of times, I envy no one the job of trying to out-play or out-think him on court. His strength, power, intelligence and hunger for the game are truly phenomenal.
And talking of phenomenal, I have a championship game myself tonight – a Division Three championship game that is. An injury has laid one of the squad low and I have been given the nod. Here comes the sub. Phenomenal? Not a chance. Be the ball! Avoid the wall!