Saturday 21 April 2018

Athletics: Gillick claims Aviva GP title

David Gillick produced a great opening to his new season when he out-ran his opponents to win the 400m in a superb 45.52 seconds at the Aviva Grand Prix indoor meeting at the National Arena in Birmingham yesterday.

His time equalled his own Irish indoor record, and is the second fastest in the world this season. This performance confirmed his participation in the World Indoor Championships in Doha next month. "If only I dipped a little I would have broken my record but I'm not complaining," Gillick said after the race. "Now I can plan ahead with more confidence for the world championships."

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AUSTRALIAN RULES: Tadhg Kennelly made an eye-catching return to the AFL yesterday as Sydney defeated Carlton in the first round of the pre-season NAB Cup by 71-59.

The match-up with fellow Irishman Setanta Ó hAilpín never materialised however, as Ó hAilpín did not make an appearance. Carlton struggled in the goal-scoring stakes, which had been predicted following the sacking of Brendan Fevola, their leading scorer in the past seven seasons. This weakness should increase Ó hAilpín's chances of earning a start for the AFL season.

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HOCKEY: Corinthians scored a second crucial 2-1 win over Pembroke Wanderers yesterday, to match their 2-1 win in December, but it is still a three-way race for the title.

Justin Sherriff gave Pembroke a 1-0 interval lead at Serpentine Ave, but in a see-saw second half Andrew Cronji, Corinthian's South African player coach, regained parity with a penalty stroke after just four minutes. Pembroke missed a penalty stroke before Corinthians sealed victory in a quick breakaway later in the half as Brian Doherty struck with a penalty corner goal.

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EQUESTRIAN: Ireland's Dermott Lennon secured himself a place in this afternoon's Grand Prix at Neumunster Germany, by finishing sixth in the qualifying competition on Woods Rosbotham's 'Hallmark Elite'.

The 40-year-old Co Down-based rider was one of 10 through to the jump-off, but the bay gelding clipped a single pole to leave Lennon with four faults. Germany's Markus Renzel won the €6,600 first prize with 'Christoph Columbus' on a double clear round.

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gaelic games: Louth will meet Dublin in the next round of the Leinster U-21 football championship, after mauling a hapless Wexford 4-16 to 0-8 in Dundalk yesterday.

First-half goals from Derek Maguire and full-forward Paraic Smith ended this tie, as the hosts were up 2-09 to 0-4 at the break. Jim McEneaney was in fine form firing in two second-half penalties, ending his day with 2-3.

Scorers -- Louth: J McEneaney 2-3 (3f, 2-0 pen), D Maguire 1-1, K Rodgers 0-4 (2f), P Smith 1-1, J Califf 0-2 (2f), N Conlon, C O'Hanlon, J Clarke, B O'Hare, S McCann 0-1 each. Wexford: K O'Grady 0-4 (2f), C Carty (1f), A Shore, P Kelly , T Foley 0-1 each

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Westmeath hung on in Cusack Park, Mullingar to take this U-21 tie 1-6 to 0-6, having had the majority of possession.

The Lake County led 1-5 to 0-3 at half-time, James Durkin having scored the only goal of the game. Kildare brought on in Danny O'Keeffe and Seamus Hanafin at half-time, changes which strengthened their performance.

In the closing minutes the visitors were reduced to 13 men, Peter Kelly picking up a second yellow and Danny Egan receiving a straight red. They meet Meath in the second round on March 6.

Scorers -- Westmeath: J Durkan 1-0, C McCormack 0-3, I Coffey, J Heslin 0-1 each, C Lynam 0-1 (f). Kildare: K Cribben 0-2 (1f), D Mullhall 0-2 (1f), D O'Keeffe 0-1, S Hanafin 0-1.

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A Jack McCarron goal nine minutes from full-time kept Monaghan on course to claim back-to-back All-Ireland Vocational Schools senior football titles, as they beat Galway 2-9 to 0-10.

The Ulster boys came out on top in this semi-final at Emmet Park in Longford yesterday despite a storming comeback from the Tribesmen during which a Tadhg Haran score with 10 minutes remaining drew the teams level.

Seconds later Monaghan broke up the field and McCarron ran onto a breakdown and slipped the ball to the net to break Galway hearts.

Scorers -- Monaghan: J McCarron 1-5 (0-4f), T Kerr 1-0, P Donnelly (0-1f), T Connolly, A Mulligan, P Dooney 0-1 each. Galway: E O'Regan 0-4 (0-1f), L O'Flatharta 0-2 (0-1f), C O Cillin, A Connolly (0-1 '45), C McGinn 0-1 each.

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Cork recovered from giving Meath a six-point head-start to reach the All-Ireland Vocational Schools senior football final after winning a well-contested semi-final in Templemore yesterday 0-16 to 2-7.

An early goal from Paddy Haslam gave Meath a tonic start but Cork hit back to trail by just two points at half-time. Inspired by nine points from man-of-the-match Brian Hurley, Cork kicked four unanswered points in the last 10 minutes to win.

Scorers -- Cork: B Hurley 0-9 (5f), D Ring 0-3 (1f), K Hoare, M Vaughan, S Murphy, P Cronin 0-1 each. Meath: L Tolan 0-5 (0-2f), P Haslam 1-1, B McMahon 1-0, P Dowling 0-1.

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Tipperary captured the All-Ireland Vocational Schools A hurling crown for the first time since 2004 with a three-point 2-13 to 1-13 victory over Kilkenny at a bitterly cold Semple Stadium yesterday.

Eoin Ryan and Sean Cleary scored the crucial first half goals for the winners against a Kilkenny team reduced to 14 men in the closing minutes when captain Padraic Gahan was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

Scorers -- Kilkenny: D Waugh 0-6 (0-6f), C Heffernan 1-0, G Malone, C Tobin (1f) 0-2 each, S Lawless, M Grace, K Bergin 0-1 each. Tipperary: S Murray 0-6 (0-4f), S Cleary 1-2, T Heffernan 1-1, E Ryan, J Ryan 0-2 each.

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winter olympics: Irishman Patrick Shannon lies in 26th position after the third heat of the skeleton. Shannon, 32, was 24th in the heat, with a time of 54.60 secs, some 2.4 secs slower Canada's John Montgomery.

Shannon is 7.79 secs beh-ind the event's overall leader, Martins Dukurs.

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