McConville to take reins at Dundalk IT
OISIN McConville is taking his first formal steps into management by taking over the reins at Dundalk IT.
The Armagh man will manage the Louth college in Division 2 of third-level football's league next season and also in the Trench Cup, the second-tier championship.
McConville was brought in to help with the Armagh seniors this year as a forwards coach. Dundalk IT has already been mooted as a possible location for Louth football's new headquarters. The Wee County is also looking at the possibility of redeveloping their Drogheda ground or developing a new stadium at their training grounds in Darver.
The Maguire twins from Slieve Russell bid for more silverware this week when they compete in the prestigious Duke of York Young Champions Trophy competition over the demanding Royal Liverpool links at Hoylake.
Lisa is playing as the Spanish and European Ladies champion while sister Leona is invited as the British Ladies Stroke Play champion and the Portugese title-holder. Jordan Hood is the Irish Boys representative. The event runs from today until Thursday.
Strabane's Helen Jones will attempt to banish the memory of the rules infringement penalty which cost her the Irish Women's Open Stroke Play title last week when she competes in the British Seniors Championship at Belvoir Park, Belfast, today.
She suffered a two-stroke penalty at Greenore when officials were alerted to the fact that Jones' caddy raked her footprint in a sand bunker on the final hole before she took her shot, and that meant she lost the title by one shot.
Donabate's Pat Doran in the field as are Sheena McElroy and Ennis veteran Valerie Hassett.
Ireland go in search of an unprecedented fourth title in succession in the Senior Men's Home International championship which begins today at Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire.
They face Scotland in their opening match. Bangor's former Amateur Champion and Walker Cup captain Garth McGimpsey leads a strong Irish side, with Barry Doyle of Carlow the non-playing captain.
Ireland -- M Coote (Tralee), M Kelly (Killeen), G McGimpsey (Bangor), S McParland (Greenore), A Morrow (Portmarnock), A Pierse (Tipperary), H Smyth (Mourne). Non-playing captain: B Doyle(Carlow).
RODDY Collins is expected to continue a legal battle after he was unsuccessful in an appeal to the FAI contesting sanctions imposed for comments he made about the association in a radio interviews. Abbotstown's Independent Appeal Committee last night agreed with the initial verdict that Collins made "unsubstantiated allegations which questioned the integrity of the FAI and its management and were disparaging of the organisation."
Monaghan boss Collins was charged under Rule 94 of the association's guidelines. He was also fined €1,000 or given the alternative option of a six-match ban. That penalty has now been reduced to just a €500 punishment.