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Big guns advance in Senior Singles championships

The All-Ireland Men’s and Ladies Senior Championships are each down to the last eight following the culmination of a hectic weekend of action.

In the Men’s Senior Singles, there were no major upsets in the rounds of 32 and 16 last weekend.

Defending champion Robbie McCarthy was in brilliant form as he dispatched youngster Cormac Finn of Sligo, who had beaten Mayo’s Niall Joyce, in emphatic fashion, with number two seed Diarmaid Nash a comfortable victor over last year’s U21 champion Rory Grace from Tipperary.

Five-time world champion Paul Brady, making a sensational return to the competition for the first time since 2013, advanced with wins over Michael Gregan and Peter Funchion.

There were also wins for the 2023 Intermediate champion Gavin Coyle, recently-crowned doubles champion Daniel Relihan, former Intermediate winner Conor McElduff and Kilkenny’s Patrick Funchion, while talented Corkman David Walsh advanced via a walkover.

In the Ladies Senior Singles, the big guns rolled through the round of 16 with the minimum of fuss.

The tie of the round was the meeting of Kildare’s Mollie Dagg and Armagh’s Megan McCann, with the Lilywhite lady winning in two close games.

The quarter-finals and semi-finals are down for decision this weekend at the National Handball Centre.

Click here for fixtures. Senior Championship results:

Ladies Senior Rd.16: Cork (Catriona Casey) dft. Wexford (Jodie Keeling) 21-6, 21-0

Ladies Senior Rd.16: Limerick (Martina McMahon) dft. Cork (Aishling O’Keefe) 21-3, 21-16

Ladies Senior Rd.16: Galway (Ciana Ní Churraoin) dft. Mayo (Cuileann Bourke) 21-3, 21-2

Ladies Senior Rd.16: Galway (Niamh Heffernan) dft. Clare (Leah Minogue) 21-4, 21-6

Ladies Senior Rd.16: Kildare (Mollie Dagg) dft. Armagh (Megan McCann) 21-20, 21-15

Ladies Senior Rd.16: Tyrone (Eilise McCrory) dft. Galway (Ashling Mullin) 21-2, 21-5

Ladies Senior Rd.16: Roscommon (Fiona Tully) dft. Kilkenny (Amy Brennan) 21-0, 21-8

Ladies Senior Rd.16: Clare (Caitriona Millane) dft. Tipperary (Sinead Meagher) W.O.

Men’s Senior Rd. 32: Cavan (Paul Brady) dft. Wicklow (Michael Gregan) 21-8, 21-2

Men’s Senior Rd. 32: Sligo (Cormac Finn) dft. Mayo (Niall Joyce) 21-15, 21-19

Men’s Senior Rd. 32: Tipperary (Rory Grace) dft. Tyrone (Barry Devlin) 21-12, 21-8

Men’s Senior Rd. 32: Waterford (Anthony Fitzgearld) dft. Meath (Gary McConnell) W.O.

Men’s Senior Rd. 32: Galway (Seamus Conneely) dft. Limerick (Evan Murphy) W.O.

Men’s Senior Rd. 16: Westmeath (Robbie McCarthy) dft. Sligo (Cormac Finn) 21-7, 21-0

Men’s Senior Rd. 16: Cork (Daniel Relihan) dft. Galway (Seamus Conneely) 21-1, 21-11

Men’s Senior Rd. 16: Clare (Diarmuid Nash) dft. Tipperary (Rory Grace) 21-9, 21-4

Men’s Senior Rd. 16: Tyrone (Conor McElduff) dft. Armagh (Cian O’Driscoll) 21-11, 21-6

Men’s Senior Rd. 16: Monaghan (Gavin Coyle) dft. Tipperary (Ger Coonan) 21-9, 21-12

Men’s Senior Rd. 16: Cavan (Paul Brady) dft. Kilkenny (Peter Funchion) 21-10, 21-11

Men’s Senior Rd. 16: Kilkenny (Patrick Funchion) dft. Kildare (Kevin Diggins) 21-4, 21-9

Men’s Senior Rd. 16: Cork (David Walsh) dft. Waterford (Anthony Fitzgerald) W.O.