Monday 24 April 2017

In brief: Mulhare added to Ireland team

Athletics

Dan Mulhare (North Laois AC) will make his international debut on the boards next weekend after being added to the Irish team for the European Indoor Championships in Paris.

Mulhare (25) won the 3,000m title at the Irish championships a week ago and has been selected after following up with a personal best time of 8:01:00 while winning the Scottish indoor title last weekend.

Pole vaulter Tori Pena (Finn Valley), who was already selected, added 1cm to her Irish record when she cleared 4.31m at those Scottish championships in the Kelvin Hall.

Tennis

Ireland's Amy Bowtell yesterday crashed to a shock defeat in the qualifying first round on the ITF Women's Circuit in France.

The 17-year-old from Greystones, who was seeded No 5, came up short against unseeded French 16-year-old Caroline Romeo 6-0 5-7 6-2 in Lyon.

Bowtell, ranked 824 in the world, had gone in with high expectations, as in Portugal two weeks ago she reached the second round of the main draw. The Irishwoman will bid to get back on track in next week's ITF Women's Circuit event in Dijon, France.

Rugby

RBAI qualified for the final of the Ulster Schools Senior Cup with a 20-8 win over Coleraine AI at Ravenhill, while Campbell College edged Methodist College 8-3 in the quarter-final second replay.

RBAI were much too strong for the Coleraine team and took a 10-3 interval lead.

Matthew Madill scored their try, with Matthew McGuigan converting and adding a drop-goal.

Alan Clarke landed a Coleraine penalty but Andrew Brown scored a second try for the Belfast team. Later Gareth Lawlor touched down for the third before Clarke scored a consolation for Coleraine.

Campbell College were the better team at Shaw's Bridge and now play Ballyclare High in the semi-final at Ravenhill next Monday.

Both teams made basic mistakes, with all the scoring in the first half. Rob Haldane touched down for Campbell before Methody's Adam Berry swapped penalties with the Belmont team's Rory Scholes.

Irish Independent

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