Westbrooks up to family standard
ERIC Westbrooks entered the family's 'hall of fame' yesterday as the St Fintan's of Sutton man lifted the All-Ireland U-19 A league trophy.
The co-captain was the only one of the remaining four Westbrooks brothers not to have collected a national winner's medal but he laid that ghost to rest with a terrific display for the Dublin school as they beat Presentation Bray 60-42.
The Westbrooks had a big hand in yesterday's proceedings with head coach Jerome (Eric's father) assisted on the line by son Michael, who will feature for Killester in today's Men's Superleague final.
Eric notched up 13 points, behind Ciaran Roe, who sank 17 points and was named MVP at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.
Calasanctius College Oranmore had earlier sealed an astounding treble as their U-16A boys, U-16A girls and U-19A girls all claimed titles.
The U-16 girls enjoyed a 54-39 win over Mercy Skibbereen, with MVP Ailish O'Reilly scoring 38 points.
The boys beat St Aidan's of Cork 64-33, and then the Calasanctius senior girls made history as they completed the league and cup double for the third successive year with a 76-55 victory over Colaiste Iosagain.
It was scintillating display from the Galway girls with MVP Carol McCarthy recording 24 points.
Nicolas Roche came home in the main bunch after stage five of the Volta a Catalunya yesterday and remains in fifth place overall.
Spaniard Joaquin Rodriguez of Team Katusha retains the overall lead with two stages remaining.
When a group of four detached themselves shortly after the start of the 181.2km stage, there was no reaction from the main group.
Davide Malacarne of Quick Step survived for a well deserved win.
At the World Track Championships in Denmark, the Irish pursuit team of David O'Loughlin, Martyn Irvine, Stephen Barrett and Matt Brammeier finished in 13th place.
In the Irish Independent on January 16, we claimed that John Delaney had stated that the FAI might not have gone ahead with plans to build Lansdowne Road if they had known that Croke Park would be available in the long-term.
We now accept that this was incorrect and that John Delaney said that had Croke Park indicated that it would remain open in the longer term, the FAI and IRFU could have looked into bringing the bigger games to Croke Park if the demand required it.
The FAI and IRFU never considered not building the Aviva Stadium.