Defeat brings joy for 'Garvey
A 3-0 defeat was hailed as enthusiastically as any victory by Lisnagarvey fans at the EuroHockey League in Sussex.
The result against Dutch side Bloemendaal kept the Irish flag flying in Europe's elite club competition. Saturday's draw against Lille meant 'Garvey only needed avoid a landslide in order to progress into the league's top 16 at the expense of the French.
Meanwhile, Pembroke Wanderers and Three Rock Rovers pulled clear of their pursuers at the top of the Leinster League at the weekend.
Pembroke had a 5-1 success against Avoca and And Three Rock beat YMCA 2-1.
Irish senior riders were placed at Hannover, Germany and Washington, USA, but 17-year-old Bertram Allen was the weekend show-stealer when scoring a hat-trick of wins in Belgium.
Tipperary's Denis Lynch was in action at the German event and, riding Lantinus, shared victory with Switzerland's Christina Liebherr and LB Carwyn in Friday's Six-Bar.
Corkman Shane Sweetnam clinched two third-place finishes at Washington International Horse Show.
Serena Williams claimed her seventh WTA title of the year with a 6-4 6-3 win over Maria Sharapova in the final of the season-ending WTA Championships in Istanbul.
The victory caps off an impressive 2012 for Williams who has lifted trophies at Wimbledon, Madrid, Charleston, the London Olympics and the US Open.
ROB LYNCH was the hero as Superleague champions UL Eagles bounced back from their first defeat of the season by defeating UCD Marian 73-61 in Belfield.
Veteran campaigner Lynch, who scored 22 points in the contest, helped Eagles get the much needed win a week after losing to table toppers UCC Demons at home. Elsewhere, Neptune saw off the challenge of Killester in Clontarf.
Paul Brady made it a clean sweep of 2012 'Majors' in Los Angeles when he added the US Open title to his Irish, world and US National successes.
But the Cavan man was forced to do it the hard way, coming through a tiebreaker in his semi-final against Seattle's Sean Lenning and holding off a strong surge from Armagh's Charly Shanks in the decider.
Earlier, Antrim's Aisling Reilly defeated top American Megan Mehilios of Chicago in straight games in the Ladies Open Singles final.