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Wednesday 13 December 2017

What a wonderful weekend for sports fans

Dublin players celebrate after their victory over Gaway in the Leinster hurling final
Dublin players celebrate after their victory over Gaway in the Leinster hurling final
Daniel Martin of Ireland crosses the finish line ahead of Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark to win the ninth stage of the Tour de France

IT was a weekend that had everything for sports fans.

It started on Saturday morning when the Lions completed their magnificent Series win over Australia. Back home King Henry returned to the Kilkenny fold as the Cats dumped fierce rivals Tipperary out of the hurling qualifiers with a 0-20 to 1-14 win on Saturday evening.

And yesterday Cork's gaelic footballers' 18-year-wait for a victory in Killarney was extended after Colm Cooper and his Kerry teammates toppled the Rebels to regain the Munster Championship 1-16 to 17 points.

Ireland's Dan Martin became the first winner of a Tour de France stage since his uncle Stephen Roche's famous victory on stage 16 of the 1992 Tour in La Bourboule, while golfer Graeme McDowell claimed his third win of the season in nine events, closing with a 67 round to claim the Alstom Open de France.

To round things off, John McAffery became the first Dublin man to lift the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship trophy in 52 years after a 2-25 to 2-13 win over Galway in Croke Park.

Across the water in England, Scotsman Andy Murray ended a 77-year wait for tennis fans across Britain, clinching the prestigious Wimbledon men's singles title in straight sets against world number one Novak Djokovic. France's Marion Bartoli became the ladies' champion, crushing crowd favourite Sabine Lisicki.

And in Amsterdam, Ireland's cricketers moved a step closer to the World Cup with victory over The Netherlands in a qualifier.

It was a weekend no sports fan will forget in a hurry.

Irish Independent

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