Schmidt wins Coach of Year
LEINSTER were the major winners at last night's RaboDirect Pro12 Awards ceremony in Cardiff, picking up three awards, including Coach of the Year for Joe Schmidt.
Out-half Jonathan Sexton scooped the Golden Boot award, with a 90pc success rate off the tee from his six appearances, while Leinster also claimed the Fair Play award.
Edinburgh winger Tim Visser picked up the Player of the Year award, with Glasgow full-back Stuart Hogg named Young Player of the Year.
DERMOT McElroy lost count of the number of occasions his ball landed in bunkers over four rounds of the Lytham Trophy, where he finished leading Irish player.
"Some of them were so deep that I had to splash out sideways and I often had to execute an escape shot with one foot in and the other out," said the 18-year-old from Ballymena.
McElroy finished 11-over-par to take a share of 15th place, 18 strokes behind runaway winner Daniel Huizing from the Netherlands.
Rathmore's Alan Dunbar trailed McElroy by two shots, blaming his closing 76 on "doing silly things".
A win for Jessica Kuerten in the 3-Star Grand Prix at Ebreichsdorf, Austria, and a third-place finish for Denis Lynch in the 5-Star Global Champions Tour Grand Prix at Valencia, Spain, topped another successful weekend for Irish horses and riders.
Kuerten won an Opel Corsa when steering the 10-year-old stallion, Voss, to victory at the Austrian fixture.
On Saturday, a single mistake from Abbervail van het Dingeshof denied Lynch the €94,050 winner's prize, which went to Britain's Ben Maher riding Tripple X. Lynch still bagged a handsome €42,750.
For the second year in succession, Daragh O'Riordan and Tony McDaid were the winners of the Cartell.ie International Rally of the Lakes in Killarney yesterday.
The Cork-Derry men formed an excellent partnership in their Subaru Impreza, coming away with an impressive victory margin of more than two minutes over Irish Tarmac Rally Championship leaders Darren Gass and Enda Sherry.