Sunday 25 June 2017

Hockey: Wanderers go clear at the top

Pembroke Wanderers' teams are headed in different directions after the weekend as the men moved clear at the top of the Leinster hockey league, while the women remain mired in relegation territory.

The lads showed no mercy to understrength Three Rock Rovers, inflicting a 6-0 defeat on a side that has not won a game since the beginning of last month.

Elsewhere, Corinthians' lack of recent match practice cost them dear as they were three down in short order against YMCA and never fully recovered at Milltown.

Granted, Lucas Piccioli pulled one back for the Reds but they created few other chances. All the games in the ladies' league went to form, with three points apiece for UCD, Loreto and Hermes as expected.



BASKETBALL

KILLESTER bounced back from their recent run of poor games to see off UCC Demons 100-86 in Inchicore on Saturday.

DCU Saints remain top of the Northern Conference after a 72-51 win at home to Moycullen, while Neptune put their recent slump behind them with a second successive win against UCD Marian. UL Eagles returned to the summit of the Southern Conference after edging out Belfast Star 70-65 in a tense affair.

In the Women's Superleague, UL kept their year-old winning run up with a 65-53 win over Waterford Wildcats.

Killester beat Brunell, DCU Mercy beat Liffey Celtics and Ulster Rockets beat Dynamos.

SAILING

Telefónica's lead of over 50 nautical miles was cut back to 42.7 nm on day 16 of the 6,500-nm first leg of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante to Cape Town.

However, Telefónica were still in a strong position, further to the south, after taking a significant 'real world' advantage with their better choice of line on Friday.

Camper with Emirates Team New Zealand were 168.5 nm behind the leaders, having spent the last 24 hours chipping away, with Groupama sailing team continuing to trail 434.5 nm back.

MOTORSPORTS

For the third Mondello Park Rallycross in a row, George Tracey completely dominated the day, with his Citroen Xsara winning both the Supercar A Final and the Super Final, finishing well clear of the Lancer of John Kelly each time.

Willie Coyne's Corsa won the Modified A Final from the BMW of Pearse Browne, but the best battle came in the Stock Hatch 16 valve Final.

Eddie Peterson's Peugeot 106 led for most of the way, only to lose out on the final lap to Graeme Colfer and Aaron Dalton.

CRICKET

Ricky Ponting scored an unbeaten half-century yesterday to keep alive Australia's hopes of salvaging the series against South Africa on the fourth day of the second and final Test at the Wanderers.

Ponting, desperate for runs to save his international career after scoring just 245 in 15 innings in the last year, finished the penultimate day on 54 not out, steering Australia to 142 for three.

Bad light stopped play 25 minutes before the scheduled close with Australia requiring another 168 runs to win and level the series.

TENNIS

Roger Federer narrowly avoided another Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ambush in London yesterday as he began the defence of his ATP World Tour Finals title with a 6-2 2-6 6-4 victory as round-robin action began at the season-ending showpiece.

The Swiss endured one of the most painful losses of his year at Wimbledon in June when Tsonga blasted back from two sets down in their quarter-final.

Federer, bidding for a record sixth title at the tournament, looked on course for a quick-fire victory when he ripped through the opening set in 21 minutes.

But he lost his way early in the second and the outcome was in the balance until Tsonga wavered in the final game.

EQUESTRIAN

Denis Lynch has moved up to fifth place in the Western European League rankings after finishing sixth in the Rolex FEI World Cup competition at the German Masters in Stuttgart.

And it was a good weekend for the Irish contingent with a win for Shane Breen and a strong second-place finish for Billy Twomey.

Twomey filled second place in the German Masters behind Swiss winner Pius Schwizer and the Cork rider was fifth in the 1.50m World Cup Preliminary class.

The fifth leg of the World Cup qualifying series was the toughest to date, with only six first-round clears from 39 starters, and eight riders retiring over the 13-fence track.

Irish Independent

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