Limerick handball star Martina McMahon reaffirms her position as Ireland's no1

Jerome O'Connell


Jerome O'Connell


Limerick handball star Martina McMahon reaffirms her position as Ireland's no1

All-Ireland champion Martina McMahon

LIMERICK’S star Martina McMahon has reaffirmed her position as Ireland's no1 female hand-baller.

The Croagh-Kilfinny native retained the sponsored All-Ireland Softball title in Croke Park last Saturday with an emphatic 21-12, 21-9 win over five-time champions Catriona Casey.

McMahon outscored her Cork opponent by 25 aces to 1 across the final.

It was a tentative opening to the 60x30 final and McMahon trailed early on but then 11 unanswered points helped here into a 19-11 point lead on her way to the first set.

The dominance of the Limerick woman continued into the second set, which she opened by building an 11-0 lead.

It’s a third title for the Broadford Handball Club star - 2019, 2018 and 2016.

McMahon rose to prominence with an All-Ireland minor title in 2012 and followed that up with an All-Ireland intermediate title the following year.

Since turning senior, McMahon has dominated the sport at national and world level - contesting the last six softball finals with Catriona Casey.

With three softball titles in four years, McMahon is now hot on the heels of fellow Limerick woman Bernie Hennessy, who won five titles between 1992-2009.

Elsewhere last weekend, the various grades of the adult softball singles finals took place in 13 different grades.

Keith Heelan won the over35 B title in Moycullen against Roscommon’s Glen Walsh - 21-11, 15-21, 21-11.

Shane Murphy lost out in the junior final to Mayo’s Patrick Murphy, 21-18, 21-14.

Aisling Shanahan also suffered final defeat - losing the ladies junior final to Armagh’s Megan McCann; 11-21, 21-8, 21-14.