Saturday 21 October 2017

In brief: Brady and Shanks set up final clash

Handball

Cavan's Paul Brady and Armagh's Charly Shanks will meet in the Handball 40x20 All-Ireland senior singles final after their semi-final victories on Saturday at Kingscourt.

Dublin's Eoin Kennedy put in a strong performance against the reigning champion Brady, and in the first game produced some of his best handball to date. Both players exchanged aces in early in the game before levelling up at 16-16, when the Breffni handball ace kicked into top gear to seal a 21-16 win in the first.

In the second, Brady sealed victory with a 21-11 win, and will now bid for his seventh senior singles crown in a row next month. Brady will meet Shanks in the final after he overcame Wicklow's Michael Gregan 21-12, 21-9.

Cycling

Nicolas Roche yet again showed that he is currently in the form of his life with another top-drawer performance by finishing in fifth place overall in the Volta a Catalunya in Spain yesterday.

From day one he was in the mix and rode aggressively during the week, clocking up a number of top-10 placings. The seventh and final stage was the 117.8km Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona with Roche placing third.

Spaniard Joaquin Rodríguez was the event's overall winner.

Athletics

Kenya dominated the World Cross-Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, sensationally taking a clean sweep of all gold medals, both individual and team, for the first time since 1994.

Emily Chebet won the senior women's title ahead of team-mate Linet Masai and Ethiopa's Meselech Mekamu with Ireland's only entrant, DSD's Linda Byrne placing 69th.

Ireland's only male entrant in Poland, Donore's John Travers, did marginally better, finishing 59th in the junior men's race.

Boxing

St Michael's, Athy southpaw Christy Joyce beat Kieran Forde 5-2 to claim a Youth 2 title and a possible World Championships place at the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday night.

The 63Kg clash had a double significance as the victor is now in the frame to be selected on the Irish squad for next month's AIBA World Youth Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Meanwhile, AIBA world Junior champion Joe Ward claimed his sixth Irish title after defeating Martin McDonagh.

Motorsport

Bantry rally ace Keith Cronin, the defending British Rally champion, scored a commanding win in the opening round of this year's Dulux Trade series, the Bulldog International event based in Wales.

His Pirelli TEG Sport Subaru Impreza dominated the day, taking a clear lead on the opening stage and increasing his advantage to more than two minutes by the finish.

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