Cavan capture title number 11
25 April 2017
There were two very familiar winners of the 2017 O'Neill's All-Ireland Senior Doubles title, as Cavan's Paul Brady & Michael Finnegan claimed a remarkable 11th crown, their first since 2014. Having narrowly lost out in the previous two finals, there was no stopping the pair this time round in front of a partisan home support at a packed Kingscourt HC.
Standing in their way on this occasion was Clare's Diarmaid Nash & Colin Crehan, a newly formed partnership this year and first time finalists. The Banner men certainly played their part in this contest and pushed the more experienced duo hard in the opener before falling 21-16. It was nip and tuck the whole way through but the Cavan men managed to keep their noses just enough in front to take the first.
Clare raced to a 5-0 lead in the second, but Brady's sublime attacking play and Finnegan's front court craft proved the difference in the end as they prevailed 21-13 to seal the historic 11th title for the greatest Doubles pairing in the Sports history.
The Mens Senior Doubles Final was the showpiece game of the second highly successful AIl Ireland Finals Festival weekend with the Kingscourt Handball arena packed to capacity once more as games in a number of grades took place over the weekend. In the Minor Final, Cork's Tadhg O'Neill & David Walsh retained their title with a hard fought 21-8, 21-12 win over Wexford's Adam Walsh & Adam Butler. Wexford also had to settle for silver in the Ladies Minor Final as Clare's Bridin Dinane & Ella Donnellan proved a step too far for Cora Doyle & Emma Sweeney, winning 21-6, 21-8.