EQUESTRIANMurphy enjoys strong finishJoseph Murphy finished eighth with Electric Cruise at the CCI 4-Star three-day event in Pau, France yesterday. The Mullingar rider, who was a member of last summer's London 2012 Olympic eventing team, was lying well down the order in 44th place when the dressage phase concluded on Friday.
But while Saturday's cross-country test created problems for many of the big names, the Irishman rocketed up to 15th place when producing a classy clear.
And with plenty more drama in yesterday's final showjumping phase, he improved even further to eighth place, despite collecting an additional four faults.
League leaders Killester maintained their winning streak thanks to Michael Bonaparte's last-minute heroics which pulled them back from their possible Waterloo with an 84-81 victory over DCU Saints.
A huge three-pointer from Saints' Eoin Quill with two minutes remaining seemed to have given his side the momentum before the superb Bonaparte answered with seven of his game-high 39 points to seal the game for Killester.
Elsewhere in Dublin, UCC Demons also maintained their undefeated record by easily disposing of Dublin Inter by 65-89; Bord Gais Neptune earned their third bonus point of the season with a 71-69 win over Templeogue; and up north, Belfast Star won their third game in a row, defeating Moycullen 82-62.
In the final, Murray held fifth place on the opening lap, and worked his way through the field, climbing to second position at half distance behind fellow Irishman, Formula Ford veteran Noel Dunne.
Two laps later, Murray went ahead and despite enormous pressure from Ulsterman Wayne Boyd and England's Oliver White, he held on to win by almost two seconds.
Dunne finally came home seventh, ahead of Stephen Daly from Dunshaughlin, but Murray was the hero of the day.