Brady to focus attentions on handball
After sustaining an injury to his finger in the lead-up to the handball final, Brady had appealed to the fixture makers to allow him some time to recover from the injury.
While this was not granted to him, he got through the final in impressive style, overcoming Shank’s early lead of 12-3 to come storming back and win the final in two sets, 21-17 and 21-3.
In winning, he passed Kilkenny handball legend Michael ‘Ducksy’ Walsh’s haul of All-Ireland titles, setting a new record of eight. “It’s been an emotional rollercoaster this week and up until today, I really wasn’t sure I was going to be able to play with my finger, but I had great medical people looking after me,” said Brady.
“My focus is straight onto the doubles now so it leaves little time to digest today’s win; that’s handball I suppose, but I’m thrilled with the victory. It’s a special one.”
With the World Championships in the mid-distance, Brady’s focus is squarely on handball, with the county team opting to continue without him. Speaking to Gaelic Life last week, Mullahoran manager Niall Lynch confirmed that Brady would be concentrating his efforts on handball, but that he expects him to play a role in the club Championships.