In Brief Ireland extend lead in Cowes
Ireland extended their overall lead in the Commodores' Cup in Cowes following yesterday's Long Inshore Race and now face a 50-mile sprint today that is likely to be a survival course.
Yesterday saw the three-boat team score two race wins and a third in their respective classes, adding more points to their overall lead.
Today's race counts as a 50pc bonus while tomorrow's short final race will be for double points and the way remains clear for either Hong Kong in second or France Blue in third to mount a late challenge.
An error occured when the race committee signalled a change to the course that Rockall III, from Hong Kong, was leading in Class 3. The crew on Roxy 6 spotted the change and sailed on to win the correct course.
However, Rockall III protested to the international jury at the event and sought redress, alleging an error by the race committee. That was successul and late last night Rockall III was reinstalled as race winner for Class 3, dropping Roxy 6 to second place and reducing Ireland's gain accordingly.
"Right now, we are very pleased with the team's position and will make every single effort to avoid hiccups in the last two days," said Roxy 6 crew member Maurice O'Connell.
Ten-man Malaysia made themselves at home as they beat Ireland 4-2 at UCD to take the initiative in their four-game series.
The visitors struck the opener through Saari Faizal. The Irish pulled level on 27 minutes thanks to Alan Giles but the Malaysian advantage was restored on the half-hour mark when Izwan Firdaus beat Iain Walker.
The visitors conceded a penalty, converted by Alan Sothern, on 57 minutes. Hanfi Hafifi laid on the Malyasians third for Ahmed Tajudin and Misron Azlan fired home their fourth on the hour mark. After Wednesday's 3-3 draw, the result gives them the edge in the series. The sides meet tomorrow and again on Sunday.
James Cluskey and Colin O'Brien reeled off two victories yesterday to clinch a place in the doubles final of the ITF Men's Futures event in Jurmala, Latvia.
After receiving a bye in the opening round, the top-seeded Dublin duo scored a 6-1 4-6 10-6 win over Australia's Allen Perel and Latvia's Kristanis Stabinis in the quarter-finals. They then booked their place in the decider when Swedish opponents Markus Eriksson and Milos Sekulic retired when trailing 2-5 in the first set. O'Brien also advanced to the singles quarter-finals with a 7-6 (8/6) 6-3 win over Germany's Maik Burlage.
THE IABA have named a four-strong squad for the sixth AIBA Women's World Championships in Barbados next month. Katie Taylor, who will be aiming for her third World lightweight title on the trot, will be joined by Cavan flyweight Ceire Smith, Belfast light-welter Allanna Murphy and Drimnagh middleweight Sinead Kavanagh.