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Friday 18 April 2014

In Brief: Macken in frame for manager role

Show-jumping legend Eddie Macken is on the list of potential candidates for the role of Irish show-jumping team manager, which has been filled by Corkman Robert Splaine for the last seven years.

The board of Horse Sport Ireland (HSI) has announced its intention to advertise both Splaine's position and that of eventing team manager Ginny Elliot "in the interest of transparency and fairness" as both contracts expire on December 31.

HSI also circulated the results of a review commissioned following Ireland's failure to qualify a show jumping team for the London 2012 Olympics which, referring to managing riders, said that "however difficult the task, qualification required better people management".

Meanwhile Shane Breen on Cos I Can was runner-up yesterday at the 5-Star World Cup fixture in Lyon, France.

Barry falls just short of promised land

TENNIS

IRELAND'S Sam Barry failed by a hair's breadth to capture his third doubles title this year on the ITF Men's Futures circuit.

Playing in the outdoor hardcourt event in Netanya, Israel, the 20-year-old from Limerick and New Zealand 's Sebastian Lavie, who were seeded No 3, came up short against the top seeds, Stephan Fransen and Wesley Koolhof.

But Barry and Aucklander Lavie stretched their opponents to the limit, the Dutch duo having to go to a champions' tie-break before they eventually squeezed home on a 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 11-9 margin.

Today, Barry travels on to the Czech Republic where next week he concludes this year's chase for world-ranking points in the indoor hardcourt tournament in Jablonec nad Nisou.

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