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Thursday 17 April 2014

Callanan catches eye on Tipp return

EAMON O'Shea's first game in charge of the Tipperary hurlers against inter-county opposition resulted in a comfortable nine-point, 1-22 to 1-13, victory against Offaly in a challenge match played in Templemore.

O'Shea went with nine of the players who had started against UCC a week previously, as Tipp came from a point down at half-time to win.

Seamus Callanan grabbed the chance to impress as he marked his first Tipp appearance since last summer with 11 points, including four from play.

Scorers – Tipperary: S Callanan 0-11 (7f), S Curran 0-3, S Bourke 1-0, N McGrath, J Ryan, T Hammersley 0-2 each, A Ryan, M Heffernan 0-1 each. Offaly: S Dooley 1-7 (0-6f), C Parlon 0-3, J Bergin 0-2, O Kealey 0-1.

TIPPERARY – D Gleeson; D Maher, P Curran, J O'Keeffe; S McGrath, T Hamill, P Stapleton; N McGrath, J Ryan; M Heffernan, S Curran, A Ryan; S Bourke, S Callanan, T Hammersley.

OFFALY – J Dempsey; D King, C McDonald, P Camon; D Mooney, K Brady, M Cleary; S Gardiner, S Ryan; C Egan, D Molloy, C Parlon; S Dooley, J Bergin, O Kealey. Subs: B Carroll for Gardiner (h-t), T Carroll for Ryan (51), D Kelliher for McDonald (54), T Bulger for Molloy (63).

Ref – A Stapleton (Laois)

BASKETBALL

TEAMS from Limerick and Cork will dominate cup final weekend after the finalists in the men's and women's cups were decided.

Neptune will take on the UL Eagles in the men's final, while the UL Huskies and Team Montenotte Hotel Cork face off in the women's decider. Neptune saw off UCC Demons by five points while the Eagles were too strong for UCD Marian in the men's semi-finals.

In the women's semi-finals, the Huskies had too much for WIT Wildcats and Montenotte beat DCU Mercy with the finals down for the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght from January 25-27.

BOXING

DAVID OLIVER JOYCE beat his St Michael's Athy BC team-mate Eric Donovan on a unanimous decision in Saturday's German Eagles versus Astana Arlans World Series of Boxing.

Joyce (Eagles) earned a (49-46, 49-46, 49-46) verdict at the Kuppelsaal Centrum venue in Hannover.

Waterford's Lynne O'Shea, formerly McEnery, claimed elite 48kg gold at the Golden Girl Box Cup in Sweden. The St Paul's BC light-fly beat Sweden's Amie Ramstedt 13-3 in the final.

Dubliner Kelly Harrington (Corinthians BC) had to settle for silver after losing 12-9 to Mira Potkonen of Finland in the Elite lightweight final.

HOCKEY

Peter English propelled Railway Union to their first national indoor title since 2006 at the Basketball Arena in Tallaght as they beat Dublin YMCA 6-3.

English's hat-trick had Irish 'keeper Iain Walker in a spin.

In the women's event, holders Ards showed last year's success was no fluke, beating Hermes 3-1 in a repeat of the 2012 decider.

Athletics

Fionnuala Britton's great form continued with victory in the Antrim International Cross-Country.

Ireland's two-in-a- row European champion followed her victory in Edinburgh by winning the 5,600km race in 18:17 ahead of Britain's Louise Damen (18:29) with Kenya's Magdalyne Masai (18:45) edging Linda Byrne (18:48) out of third.

Ugandan Thomas Ayeko won the men's 10km race in Greenmount in 33:08, 40 seconds clear of Kenya's David Bett and Britain's Andy Vernon.

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