Tuesday 6 December 2016

No disgrace in defeat for Irish

HOCKEY

Published 28/07/2011 | 05:00

Ireland had a gallant tilt at world No 1 side Australia before losing 4-2 at the INSEP Five Nations in Paris, WRITES David Medcalf.

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Australia were ahead from the third minute through Chris Ciriello and never surrendered the initiative.

Three to the good at the break and four up shortly afterwards, they finally cracked when Mikey Watt scored on 48 minutes.

The Irish, fresh from their 5-1 win on Tuesday over Korea, looked lively to the end and John Jermyn netted a late penalty corner won by Peter Caruth.

Ireland have a rest today, but return to action tomorrow against Argentina.

TENNIS

IRELAND'S James McGee yesterday shook off the effects of last week's punishing schedule to power his way to the second round of the ITF Futures event in La Spezia, Italy.

The 24-year-old Dubliner needed just over an hour to beat Italy's Federico Raffaelli 6-4 6-1, setting up an encounter against another Italian, Luca Vanni.

Vanni looks a more difficult opponent for unseeded McGee, who is ranked at 516, as the home player is the No 6 seed and is ranked at 366.

Meanwhile, top seed Sinead Lohan yesterday battled her way to the quarter-finals of ITF U-18 Circuit Grade 5 event at the Donnybrook Club in Dublin.

Tramore native Lohan, who recently won the singles titles in an ITF U18 Grade 4 event in Riga, Latvia, overcame unseeded Luxembourg player Laura Correia on a 5-7 6-4 6-0 margin.

Today, Lohan faces unseeded Italian player Georgia Brescia with a semi-final place at stake.

Donnybrook's Alexandra Drummy pushed No 7 seed, Greece's Dimitra Stavrian-akou, to 6-4 4-6 6-1 in her second-round match.

BOXING

THERE was double-medal disappointment for Ireland at the World Junior Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan yesterday as Martin Conroy and John Stokes were both beaten in the quarter-finals.

Mayo middleweight (75kg) Conroy was edged out 6-5 by Germany's Dmitar Tilev, while Dublin bantamweight Stokes bowed out following a 10-6 reversal to Artem Melkonyan of Russia.

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