Saturday 20 January 2018

Athletics: Britton gets off to flyer in Belgium

DOUBLE European champion Fionnuala Britton got her international cross-country season off to a great start by winning the Lotto Cross Cup in Belgium.

Britton came home 19 seconds clear of Switzerland's Francienne Schlumph in 15:40.

David McCarthy's performance in Antwerp also impressed the Irish selectors enough to earn him pre-selection for next month's European Cross-Countries in Belgrade.

McCarthy was fourth in the senior men's race in 28:26. Kenya's Alex Kibet came home first in 27:52 and Leevale's Mark Hanrahan was next fastest Irishman, 10th in 29:04, with John Coghlan 19th (29:54) and Darren McBrearty 22nd (30:07).

Meath's Sara Treacy (Moynalvey AC) was fourth in the senior women's race in 16:23 and Lifford's Ann Marie Larkin (16:30) and An Riocht's Laura Crowe (16:32) finished seventh and eighth respectively.

DSD schoolgirl Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner took the junior title and finished 12th overall in the senior race in 16:57, just 77 seconds slower than Britton.

* Priscah Jeptoo (2:25.07) claimed the women's title and Geoffrey Mutai (2:08.24) took the men's in the New York City Marathon. The marathon was cancelled last year following Hurricane Sandy.

UCC Demons scored a seasonal high of 101 points in the Mardyke Arena to slay Cork rivals Bord Gais Neptune.

Demons' full-court defence proved especially effective and repeatedly led to Neptune turnovers, as they ran out 101-75 winners.

League leaders Killester earned a 87-63 victory over Belfast Star, with Michael Bonaparte once again shining. His presence close to the ring collapsed the Star defence time and time again, creating the platform for an impressive 24-point victory.

Meanwhile, UL Eagles kept up their impressive opening to the season with an 85-67 success over DCU Saints.

Renewables Moycullen registered their first win of the season in the Oblate Hall with a 78-83 conquering of Templeogue. UCD Marian went down out by 10 points to Dublin Inter on a 88-78 scoreline.

All-Ireland champions Galway and finalists Kilkenny shared 11 All Star awards at the 10th annual Camogie All Stars.

Galway boss Tony Ward received the manager of the year award having led Galway to two All-Ireland titles (senior and intermediate) in September.

Galway goalkeeper Susan Earner, defensive trio, Sarah Dervan, Lorraine Ryan and Therese Maher, midfielder Niamh Kilkenny, centre-forward Niamh McGrath and corner-forward Ailish O'Reilly were all rewarded for their exploits this season.

All Star Team – S Earner (Galway), M Power (Kilkenny), S Dervan (Galway), L Ryan (Galway), E Keane (Kilkenny), T Maher (Galway), C Morey (Clare), N Kilkenny (Galway), J O'Leary (Cork), K Power (Kilkenny), N McGrath( Galway), K Kelly (Wexford), S Farrell (Kilkenny), E Dermody (Offaly), A O'Reilly (Galway).

Irish Independent

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