Tuamgraney’s Diarmaid Nash has been crowned Munster 40×20 senior handball champion after he defeated Cork rival Killian Carroll in Broadford, Limerick.
Fresh from their battle in the Gaffney Cup last weekend, which saw Carroll just edge out Diarmaid Nash following a tiebreak, the duo once again renewed their rivalry in the Munster final.
Revenge seemed to spur on Clare’s Diarmaid Nash as he had no trouble this time round in getting past his Cork opponent. Although he had a tough run to get to the final, Nash did not suffer with cramps in his quad which affected his performance in the Gaffney Cup last weekend.
Going into the tie, Killian Carroll was the favourite as he claimed the last three National Ranking wins, winning the Golden Gloves, Irish Nationals and Gaffney Cup. Currently ranked as the Irish number one, Nash got to all three of those finals but learned from his mistakes to ensure he overcame the Irish number three.
It finished 21-15, 21-13 in favour of Nash which meant there would be no tiebreaker and secured the title for one of Clare’s top sporting talents. The win now books Diarmaid Nash a place in the All-Ireland quarter finals. Killian Carroll is down but not out and he still has a chance to be in the final shakeup of things but he has to go through the back door in order to make the last eight.
The win adds to a growing haul of medals in the collection of Diarmaid Nash and the former Clare U21 hurler deserves credit for his fantastic career to date in the handball alley and a stronger following from both the people and media of Clare is also warranted.