Irish in medals at Europeans
IRELAND'S young prospects will be taking home at least eight bronze medals from the European Schoolboy Championships after a hat-trick of quarter-final wins in Grozny, Russia, yesterday.
Craig Bonney, Sean Conroy and Matthew Burke registered last-eight victories 24 hours after James Cleary, John Joyce, Tiernan Bradley, Lewis Crocker and Keelan Sexton all won their quarter-final duels.
Trinity Boys ace Bonney claimed a 7-4 decision over Turkish bantamweight Onur Arsha. Conroy (Ballyhaunis BC) had a 5-1 victory over Aleksa Vyachesiav of Azerbaijan.
Burke completed the hat-trick after Sergey Zelenskiy's corner retired their boxer in the second with the Irishman 6-3 ahead and dominating the contest.
Willie Donoghue, Patrick Joyce and Chris O'Callaghan Walsh were all involved in quarter-final bouts yesterday, but were defeated.
NUIG's senior eight squad enter the national championships, which begin today at Cork's National Rowing Centre, hoping for their third straight win.
This year NUIG have formed a composite crew with Galway's Grainne Mhaol for the highlight event, the Senior Eight on Saturday afternoon. In the boat they will have experienced winners Cormac Folan, James Wall and Alan Martin.
Runners-up for the past two years, Queen's University will provide the main opposition for the Galway team.
Over 1,800 rowers, making for 720 crews, will compete at the championships.
The Irish team of Ken Doherty and Fergal O'Brien kept their faint World Cup hopes alive with a marathon victory over Egypt in Thailand yesterday in a match that took nearly three and a half hours.
The duo of Ken Doherty and Fergal O'Brien battled hard for a 4-1 success. "I started off clean shaven and I now have a beard," joked Doherty afterwards.
Northern Ireland and Scotland also completed 4-1 victories, with both matches completed before the Republic of Ireland had seen off Egypt.
The North, represented by Mark Allen and Gerard Greene, moved to the top of Group C with a dominant display over Brazil, while England moved up to second place in Group C as Mark Selby and Ali Carter edged past Belgian duo Bjorn Haneveer and Luca Brecel 3-2.