Wednesday 22 February 2017

In brief: O'Byrne back in the limelight

Basketball

Published 16/03/2011 | 05:00

Former FAI chief executive Bernard O'Byrne returned to the world of sport yesterday when he was appointed as Basketball Ireland's secretary general, writes Ruaidhri O'Connor.

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O'Byrne served at the helm of Irish football between 1996 and 2001 before he agreed to an early retirement severance package after the collapse of the €165m eircom Park project, among other controversies.

Since then he has worked as a consultant and as chief executive of the Mansfield Group; his last project was the Luas extension between Tallaght and Saggart.

O'Byrne will be expected to work with those within the sport to "relaunch and redefine" a game that is widely played but which has struggled commercially in recent years.

Schools Hockey

Captain Nicola Gray fired home two penalty corners as Alexandra College came from behind to beat St Andrew's 4-3 and win the Leinster Senior Schoolgirls Premier League title.

Alex have now completed a double, having earlier won the Senior Cup.

Andrew's looked on course to earn revenge for that cup final defeat of 10 days ago when they led 3-1 at half-time.

But Hannah McDermott gave her side a lifeline and Gray slapped home twice to grab the title at Grange Road.

Next for Alex is an All-Ireland bid as they bid for the Kate Russell Cup in Limerick on March 24 and 25.

Colaiste Iognaid became the fifth side to qualify for the competition with their victory over Salerno and join Lurgan College, the South East's Loreto, Kilkenny and hosts Crescent Comprehensive.

Tennis

IRISH duo Daniel Glancy and Sam Barry clinched main draw places on the ITF Futures Circuit in Portugal.

Mayo man Glancy, the No 4 seed, eased past Javier Banos-Pantoja 7-5 6-3 in the outdoor hardcourt event in Albufeira.

And Limerick's Barry, the No 6 seed, edged No 10 seed Steran Sterland-Markovic 7-5 7-5.

Today, Glancy (22) faces 'lucky loser' Sterland-Markovic and 19-year-old Barry, ranked at 1,231, is paired against the top seed, Italy's 387-ranked Claudio Grassi.

Barry and Glancy also paired up in the doubles to beat Manuel Cavaco and Antoine Champagne 6-2 6-4 in a first-round clash.

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