Birthday girl Reid in Solheim boost
ENGLAND'S Melissa Reid gave a timely boost to Europe's Solheim Cup campaign at Killeen Castle this week by clinching her second win of the Ladies European Tour season with yesterday's final-round 70 at the Open de Espana Femenino.
Reid, who'll celebrate her 24th birthday with her Solheim Cup team-mates today in Ireland, banked E52,500 after completing 72 holes at the La Quinta resort on the Costa del Sol in eight-under. Ireland's Rebecca Codd finished seven back in a tie for 13th (worth E5,512) after her closing 69, the equal lowest round of the day.
BARRY LANE of England eased to a two-strokes victory over Aussie Peter Fowler in the Casa Serena Open in the Czech Republic yesterday after following-up on Saturday's sensational 62 with a two-under-par 69 in the final round.
Eamonn Darcy (72) and Denis O'Sullivan (69) were best of the Irish in a share of 36th on two-under, earning E2,250 apiece. A closing 73 left Des Smyth tied 63rd on seven-over (worth E555), while Eddie Polland was 71st on plus-24 after his fourth round 81.
A HAT-TRICK from Gary Shaw saved Glenanne blushes as they escaped from Mount Temple with full points on the opening day of the hockey season in Leinster.
Runaway provincial champions last term, they were on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline at half-time against freshly-promoted Clontarf.
Striker Shaw, better known for his strong running outfield, showed he can also turn opportunist in around the pads, picking off his three-timer at the set-pieces.
Meanwhile, Pembroke Wanderers were grateful to have Alan Sothern back from Holland for the 3-2 win at Dublin Airport against Fingal.
Sothern was on target, along with Alan Giles and Paddy Good.
Fingal extracted a measure of compensation in yesterday's 1-0 Neville Cup success against YMCA, with second-team captain Declan Brady claiming the sole goal.
LEINSTER champions Hermes made a losing start to the campaign to retain their crown as they went down by the odd goal in five against arch-rivals Loreto.
And the 3-2 reverse in a rain-interrupted fixture at Beaufort was made all the more painful as Caitriona McGilip shipped a nasty head injury.
Former Irish stalwart Jenny Burke popped up to score the opener for the defending champion. Corner specialist Sarah Clarke bagged the equaliser. Cathy McKeen had Loreto ahead by the break at the end of a move orchestrated by Ali Meeke.
Hannah Matthews tucked away an insurance score that was needed as Hermes rallied strongly despite the loss of McGilip, who required six stitches to her scalp after being hit by a rising ball.
Burke teed up Katie Codyre for the final goal of the game.
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