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Saturday 30 August 2014

Equestrian: Splaine back as team manager

Published 14/02/2013 | 04:00

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Robert Splaine has been re-appointed Irish showjumping team manager, WRITES LOUISE PARKES.

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The Corkman had filled the role for the last seven years, but his most recent contract concluded on December 31 last – so the job was advertised.

Candidates included Eddie Macken, Jack Doyle and former Army jumping star, Comdt John Ledingham. But Macken withdrew his name last month, claiming that poor management of the interview process by governing body Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) had "effectively forced" him out.

Final interviews were held on Monday, and Splaine's re-appointment was rubber-stamped at a HSI Board meeting on Tuesday, with new chairman Pat Wall at the helm.

Hockey

Ireland stumbled to yet another defeat yesterday, losing 3-1 as Malaysia completed a whitewash in the three-match series at the Bukit Jalil Stadium.

Andrew Meredith's side started brightly when Shane O'Donoghue knocked in the first penalty corner of the concluding fixture in the series.

However, the hosts were level by half-time and added two more without reply after the break.

The Irish were in Kuala Lumpur on their way to the World League in Delhi, where they will face Bangladesh in their opening game on Monday.

Meanwhile, national women's coach Darren Smith has decided to leave the experienced Shirley McCay at home for the female World League event.

Smith decided that the versatile Old Alexandra midfielder was not ready for the physical demands of the Spanish adventure following her return from a year long lay-off.

Handball

There was surprise yesterday when it was learned that Chris Curran, the man credited with the rejuvenation of handball and its successful re-branding as 'GAA Handball', has resigned, writes Paul Fitzpatrick.

The Tyrone native informed Ard Comhairle of his decision, citing "personal reasons". He will step down in April, with former president Tony Hannon from Roscommon set to take the reins on an interim basis.

Golf

Tipperary's Pat Murray is eight shots off the lead, held by Switzerland's Edouard Amacher, after firing a par 72 in the first round of the Portuguese International Amateur Championship in Montado.

Belvoir Park's Matthew Wylie is two shots behind Murray while Irish Amateur Open champion Gavin Moynihan (The Island) is on 75.

Royal Portrush's Matthew McAlpin shot a 77, Alex Gleeson (Castle) 79 while Galway's Eddie McCormack is on 80.

Irish Independent

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