St Brigid's Eoin Kennedy through to Semi-Final of Senior Singl 2015-09-15 18:50:00

Eoin Kennedy (Dublin St Brigids) vs Gavan Buggy (Wexford, St Marys)

Eoin Kennedy made another important step in his bid to retain his All-Ireland Senior Singles title by defeating Wexford’s Gavan Buggy on Saturday, in the All-Ireland quarter final. Played at the Garyhill handball facility, Kennedy was into his stride from the start with accurate serving, hard driving passes and clinical kills. Gavan Buggy demonstrated his supreme fitness throughout the match but was on occasion gasping for breath after yet another lung-bursting rally where he had to do most of the running due to Kennedy’s array of shots which brought Buggy on a regular tour of the court. Kennedy finished the first game 21-7.

After the five minute break between games, a revitalised Buggy briefly raised Wexford’s hopes by going into a two point lead. However Kennedy quickly re-established his supremacy to lead 10-4. Two great long distance corner kills won Buggy back the serve and brought him to 5. This was as far as he got in terms of scoring as Kennedy raced to a 21-5 victory in the second.

Kennedy’s convincing win 21-7, 21-5 earns him a place in the Semi-Final scheduled to be played in Abbeylara on Saturday 26th September.

Carl Browne (Dublin, St Brigids) vs Michael “Duxie” Walsh (Kilkenny, Talbots Inch)

After his thrilling 21-20 tie-breaker victory against Mayo’s Joe McCann last weekend, Carl Browne went into his quarter final against the legendary Walsh with hopes of a second giant-killing performance. However the experienced Walsh quickly established a lead by pinning Browne in the back left hand corner of the court with a precision high lobbing serve. Browne fell quickly behind and soon Walsh led 20-5. Carl kept fighting  and prolonged the first game with some very good kills from the back of the court. The first game finished 21-9.

Browne began the second game strongly and competed well in the early stages. Again however the main difference between the players was the quality of Walsh’s serves. Continuously under pressure on his return of serve, Carl was giving too many short returns to the experienced Walsh and was unable to keep Walsh out of front court. This proved the pattern throughout the second game which Walsh again won 21-9.

Walsh’s victory means that he is now scheduled to meet Kennedy in the semis on the 26th at Abbeylara, a match which promises to show Senior Singles 60x30 handball at its best. Also on the programme that day will be the remaining semi-final between Westmeath’s Robbie McCarthy and Tipperary’s Ger Coonan.

The All-Ireland Senior Singles Final is scheduled for Abbeylara on Saturday 10th October.

All-Ireland M Donnelly Senior Doubles

Next weekend has the St Brigid’s pair of Kennedy and Browne playing the Senior Doubles. Their quarter final opponents are yet to be decided by a last 16 match between Cavan’s James Brady and Patrick Clerkin and Wexford’s Tommy Hynes and Colm Keeling. The latter pair are very experienced and have previously won the title and are favourites to come through this match to face Kennedy and Browne next Saturday 19th at the Abbeylara venue.

The Cavan-Wexford match is scheduled for 7.30pm this Wednesday 16th at Na Fianna.

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