Irish juniors just miss out on medals
Published 12/09/2011 | 05:00
The Irish Junior team finished just outside a medal placing when fourth at the European Junior Eventing Championships at Vale Sabroso, Portugal at the weekend, writes Louise parkes .
Angela Dennehy and Decent Gamble went clear to rise from 18th to 11th place individually going into the final day but a single show-jumping error dropped her to 14th in the final analysis. Luca Stubington (Kilminchy Condor) who finished 28th, and Tori Dixon (Shadow Light) who slotted into 27th spot, both had a cross-country refusal while Katie Moffatt (Pick n Mix) added just 3.6 cross-country time penalties but had three show-jumping fences down yesterday. Great Britain took gold, Germany silver and France claimed bronze.
Meanwhile, the Irish show jumping team of Trevor Coyle, Shane Sweetnam, Jennifer Crooks and Shane Breen finished well out of contention at the BMO Nations Cup in Calgary, Canada on Saturday.
At home yesterday, Tyrone rider, Peter Smyth, clinched the TRM National Grand Prix series title with a second-place finish behind Neal Fearon in the last leg at Kill International Equestrian Centre.
Damien Cole from Hereford in his Ford Focus dominated the Wexford Dick Bailey Stages Rally for the second year in succession, finishing more than one and a half minutes clear of Welshman Sebastian Ling after two days of stages.
Elsewhere, Derek Tohill from Dublin, the defending European Rallycross champion in Division 2, spun out of a battle for second place in the Polish round yesterday, finishing fourth. This leaves him tied for third position in the table with just the Czech round to go.
FORMER Ireland Davis Cup player George McGill yesterday chalked up a brace of 6-1 6-1 victories to clinch a qualifying final-round place in the ITF Men's Futures event in Nottingham.
The Limerick native (34), who earned his lone Davis Cup cap in 1998, saw off the challenge of Poland's Sebastian Dabrowski and Britain's Conor McDonald and now takes on Britain's Nicholas Mercer.
McGill's fellow Limerick man Sam Barry and Mayo's Daniel Glancy are also in the last-32 of the outdoor hardcourt event.
England completed a series victory over world champions India yesterday after the fourth one-day international at Lord's ended in a Duckworth/Lewis tie when rain forced the players off with seven balls remaining.
The result was decided when Ravi Bopara was well held by Ravindra Jadeja for 96 to reduce England to 270-8 from 48.5 overs in reply to India's 280-5.
The teams left the field immediately afterwards with no more play possible and Bopara's dismissal meant the teams were tied under the D/L method.
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