Mallow handballer Killian Carroll created an amazing four in a row over the Christmas/New Year period when he won his fourth world title in succession.The 18-year-old was in Tucson, Arizona, for the USHA Four Walls Championships and won every match on the way to the final where he beat the highly-rated Daniel Cordova. Killian also qualified for the doubles final but had to settle for a runners-up spot, but another Mallow young man kept the flag flying when Pa Herlihy won the doubles 17 and under title.

Killian’s record in the World Championships is outstanding. He travelled to Vancouver in 2008 and won the 15 and under title, and the following year he was in Madoff, Chicago, where he took the 17 and under title. Last year he journeyed to San Diego, California, and retained the 18 and under title. And this year he moved up to the 19 and under grade, once again emerging triumphant.

Pa Herlihy was partnered by Colin Crehan from Clare and they proved too strong for all-comers. Pa was also competing in the singles tournament and advanced to the quarter final before bowing out to J. Rodriguez. Well done to Killian and Pa on their fantastic achievements, and to their coaches and supporters in Mallow Handball Club.