FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. -- After three attempts, Paul "Gunner" Brady joined Naty "El Gato" Alvarado at the top of the leader board for USHA National Four-Wall Singles titles (11) and also became the oldest USHA singles champion at 39. In the historic final, Brady conjured up one of his most dominant performances defeating Martin Mulkerrins, 21-11, 21-7. Watch the final match point HERE.
Not 24 hours earlier, Mulkerrins looked unbeatable on his way to defeating Killian Carroll in the semifinal. But on this day, Brady wouldn't be denied another chance at history.
Mulkerrins shot out to a small lead as the gallery settled into their seats only to see Brady settle into the match and take a lead he would not relinquish. The second game started, and Brady soon held an 11-4 advantage. Mulkerrins would make one final push, putting together an array of kills that wowed the capacity crowd and gave hope to those hoping for more handball. Brady however, had other plans and viewers noticed more velocity and effort into each shot. As Mulkerrins would set up for a kill, Brady would almost glide to the correct spot with anticipation for a rekill.
With match point in the balance, a Mulkerrins return landed short of the front wall, and Brady let out an exuberant yell. Always a gentleman, Mulkerrins gave his opponent a congratulatory embrace, and afterwards the new champion fell to his knees to take in the moment while the gallery applauded. The win capped an incredible week and a journey that took slightly longer than first expected.
In the Women's Open division, Catriona Casey returns to the final where she'll face Ciana Ni Churraoin. Casey stopped Danielle Daskalakis 21-8, 21-5, while Ni Churraoin defeated Fiona Tulley, 21-8, 21-2.
In Men's Open Doubles, Daniel and Luis Cordova advanced to the final to play Sean Lenning and Marcos Chavez.
See more of Saturday’s results at the tournament's R2sports site HERE.
If you can't make to Los Cab to experience the Four-Wall Nationals, you can watch LIVE action on your streaming device. The USHA and WPH have teamed up again to broadcast LIVE handball from the Nationals. Below are the links and schedule to watch the stream each day.
Friday, June 28 - Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hmBPKwzZEI
Saturday, June 29 - Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK65fWNW2D4
Sunday, June 30 - Direct Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DqRgurihOk
10:00 AM WOMEN’S SINGLES FINAL (Catrionia Casey vs. Ciana Ni Churraoin)
11:00 AM MEN’S DOUBLES FINAL (Sean Lenning / Marcos Chavez vs. Luis Cordova / Daniel Cordova)
1:00 PM WOMEN’S DOUBLES FINAL (Catriona Casey / Tracy Davis vs. Fiona Tully / Ciana Ni Churraoin)