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PREVIEW: Ladies Minor 4-Wall Doubles Final

Saturday's O’Neill’s All-Ireland Ladies Minor Doubles decider pits Kildare’s Leah Doyle and Abby Tarrant against Mayo duo Claire Reynolds and Cuileann Burke.

The Leixlip partnership will hope to continue a fine tradition of ladies handball in their club and follow in the footsteps of the likes of Anna Wrynn, Fiona Healy and Eimear Ní Fhallúin, who all won numerous All-Ireland titles in highly successful careers in the ladies game.

Then again, Leah Doyle is of course no stranger to the business end of championship handball at home and abroad having recently seen off Galway dual player Niamh Heffernan in impressive fashion in the All-Ireland Minor Singles final.

Leah won this particular title last year when she joined forces with Mollie Dagg and she will look to repeat a feat last managed by Catriona Casey and Aishling O’Keeffe, today’s senior finalists, in retaining this championship title.

Her partner, Abby Tarrant, also has a fine track record in singles play and is the holder of an All-Ireland U15 Singles medal from 2017, when she beat Armagh’s Caliosa Ní Dhúill in the decider.

The Connacht pair also come into the decider with a fine track record of achievement in the sport behind them, with Claire Reynolds having won the All-Ireland U17 Singles title in 2018 in the 40x20 court. Cuileann herself showed good form earlier in the season when reaching the final of the She's Ace 17&U grade, falling only to Noelle Dowling at the final hurdle.

Claire and Cuileann Burke and members of Belcarra Handball Club, which has a 60x30 court, and do much of their training at Aughagower. They bid to become the first Mayo pairing to win this title.

The Kildare ladies defeated Clare’s Amber Nolan and Orla O’Brien on a 21-15, 21-7 scoreline in the semi-final while Mayo are coming into the decider short on competitive action having received a bye at the semi-final stage.