Carl Browne and Eoin Kennedy win All-Ireland Semi-Final   14/05/2017

St Brigid’s Carl Browne and Eoin Kennedy win All-Ireland Semi-Final

Defending champions Carl Brown and Eoin Kennedy had a convincing victory today over Kerry’s Dominic Lynch and John-Joe Quirke in the All-Ireland Senior Hardball Doubles semi-final held in Hospital, Limerick.

After their great win last year in the final against Limerick, the St Brigid’s pair entered this year’s championships as the top seeds. They lived up to their billing in a tough quarter-final match two weeks ago against the Cork pairing of Daniel Relihan and Tadgh Carroll when they came through 21-13 and 21-19, drawing on all their experience to win the second game against their younger opponents.

This close quarter-final match clearly stood to them in their preparations for today’s semi-final which they won on an emphatic scoreline of 21-8, 21-3. The scores do not fully reflect the match however, as the first game in particular had some terrific rallies with many hands exchanged. The main difference between the two sides was the Dublin pair’s better ability to score when in hand, through superior serving and excellent killing. They got off to a quick start in the first to lead 8-3 and 13-5. The Kerry pair then got back to 8-13 before the Dublin pair closed it out 21-8. In the second the Kerry pair led 3-0 but Browne and Kennedy powered through the rest of the game to run out easy winners 21-3.

They will now play the All-Ireland final in two weeks time. This will be a real challenge as they come up against doubles specialists Meath’s Brian Carroll and Tom Sheridan. The latter defeated Browne and Kennedy in last October’s softball final so the St Brigid’s pair will be hoping for revenge in this year’s hardball final. It promises to be a real “alley-cracker’ and a final not to miss.

Both Browne and Kennedy play their singles semi-finals this coming weekend. Browne plays last year’s singles champion CJ Fitzpatrick from Limerick while Kennedy plays Kerry’s Dominic Lynch. Both matches should be real thrillers with the unique prospect of Browne and Kennedy contesting the All-Ireland singles final should they both win next weekend.

St Brigids GAA Club,
Russell Park, Navan Road, Dublin 15