Buggy goes out to the impressive Carroll
Written by Antoin Ó Braoin, Rúnaí Contae
Gavin Buggy’s run in the GAA Handball M. Donnelly Open Singles came to an abrupt end at Crinkle, Co. Offaly yesterday when he went down 21-9, 21-7 to Brian Carroll, Meath at the quarter final stage of this year’s championship.
It was a shattering loss for the competitive Buggy but the evidence is there that the top three or four seeds, and Carroll is one of those, have created clear water between themselves and the remainder of those who partake each year. Indeed partake is probably the operative word to describe their ‘annual involvement’ in this championship in the past few years as there is ample evidence to suggest that even amongst those elite players, the top seed Robbie McCarthy, Westmeath is also opening a bigger gap between himself and his main challengers.
Buggy gave his all as usual at Crinkle but he was simply outclassed by a younger and faster opponent. He now turns his attention to the upcoming All Ireland Over 35 A Singles final where the age gap at least will not be a factor.