Another imperious performance by Hynes and Carty secures Masters A Doubles title
Written by Antoin Ó Braoin, Rúnaí Contae
The bigger the challenge the more they like it! The prospect of a real battle brings out the best in reigning All Ireland Masters A Doubles champions Tommy Hynes and Paul Carty, Wexford and Talbots Inch today was no exception as they faced up Tipperary brothers Eddie and John Corbett in this years decider.
The Wexford pairing have remained unbeaten since reaching the qualifying age for this 40+ championship and with four in a row on the horizon they were in no mood to have that winning run ended today.
The Tipp brothers posed a real challenge to this proud record with former All Ireland 40×20 senior singles champion Eddie returning to the game after a self imposed exile and brother John fresh from winning two MBS all Ireland titles in recent years.
The first game saw a slightly casual approach by Hynes and Carty and this meant Tipp were still in the game at 13-13. But it was when their opponents took the lead for the third time at 15-14 that the Wexford boys decided to stamp their authority all over this All Ireland final. The remainder of this match saw Hynes and Carty outscore the brothers by 28 points to 2 as they quickly reeled off the seven points needed for victory in that first game and then simply ran away with the second by a hugely impressive 21-2.
Hynes gave an exquisite display of ‘killing’ throughout the match and while Carty was slightly and unusually subdued in the early stages, he upped his all round performance considerably when the danger rader went into red towards the end of the first game. This terrific partnership thus extend their wonderful record in 60×30 handball and on the evidence of what we have seen from them so far, they only need to retain their hunger to remain unbeaten for a while longer.
From what we saw at Talbots Inch today,there is absolutely no evidence of that that hunger being sated any time soon.