Galvin on hand to slay Demons Paul's pick up first cup title Williams hails Henin spirit McDowell best placed of Irish Kurten up to speed in Zurich Butler serves up revenge Brilliant debut for Copeland
BASKETBALL: An MVP display from John Galvin ensured that the two travelling Kerry teams came away with the top prizes yesterday, as Garveys St Mary's overcame Blue Demons 72-60 in the Men's Senior Cup final.
The Castleisland side had laid the foundations for victory inside the first quarter with baskets from Galvin and captain Declan Wall firing Mary's into an early 14-4 lead.
And although Brian O'Neill posed a considerable threat on the outside for Demons, some solid defensive rebounding from player coach Brian Clernon and Viktoras Velykis ensured a comfortable 40-22 lead at the interval.
Demons, through team captain Shane McCarthy, made some headway with baskets from Tim OHalloran, Robbie McGowan and Shane Buckley cutting the deficit to seven points with three minutes to go in the third quarter.
But successive three pointers from Wall took the sting out of Demons' attack as the Kerrymen comfortably rode out the final quarter.
Paul's pick up first cup title
St Paul's defeated Oblate Dynamos 69-57 to capture their first ever Women's Senior Cup title at the National Arena yesterday with captain Lynn Jones playing through the pain of an injured foot to win the MVP award.
A breakaway lay-up by Emma Sherwood had put Paul's up 24-14 at the end of the quarter. And the vastly experienced Pauls' team, which featured eight past internationals, remained in control with Maura Guiney featuring strongly on the inside.
Up 40-32 at the interval, Paul's were put under severe pressure in the third with Tanya McGrath eventually levelling proceedings with 50 seconds to go.
Nonetheless a timely basket from Carolyn O'Mahony ensured a 46-48 lead at the end of the third. And with Drimnagh's big inside player, Ealanor Curran, fouled out, Dynamos fell away.
Williams hails Henin spirit
TENNIS: Serena Williams heaped praise on beaten finalist Justine Henin after retaining her Australian Open title in a 6-4 3-6 6-2 win at Rod Laver Arena.
Henin was making her comeback from a 20-month retirement, but fell short of completing a fairytale return in what was for the most part a closely-contested final.
In winning the crown, Williams moved level with Billie-Jean King in the all-time Grand Slam singles winners' list. Both have 12 titles on their CV and only five people are now ahead of them.
A clearly delighted Williams warned the rest of the women's game that Henin is back and ready to win titles once again.
"I'd like to congratulate Justine for having a fabulous tournament and giving me such a great run today," she said during the post-match presentation.
"I think it could have gone either way and I definitely think she's back so all you guys back there definitely have a lot to cheer for."
McDowell best placed of Irish
GOLF: The Irish trio of Graeme McDowell, Shane Lowry and Peter Lawrie were left ruing indifferent displays on day three of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters in Doha.
McDowell posted a 13th-hole double bogey in his round of 72 to be the leading Irish player, but in a share of 12th place at four-under par.
"I played some great shots out there but two or three bad shots cost me and I think I let the frustration get to me," said McDowell.
Lowry dropped four shots over his outward nine also in a score of 72 to be tied in 20th position with playing partner Peter Lawrie, who doubled the eighth hole on route to a 73. England's Paul Casey (66) and Welshman Bradley Dredge (70) head the event on 10-under par, one clear of European No 1 Lee Westwood (70).
Kurten up to speed in Zurich
EQUESTRIAN: Though consistently in the prize money yesterday, Irish riders failed to break through with an outright win at the five-star show in Zurich until Jessica Kurten delivered the goods on 'Miribel D'Auvray' in the Wegelin Challenge speed competition.
The 40-year-old beat Swiss challenger Martin Fuchs and France's Kevin Staut, among a field of 20 starters, to land the €6,800 first prize.
Butler serves up revenge
HOCKEY: Irish Senior Cup holders Pembroke Wanderers were knocked out 1-0 by arch rivals Glenanne in yesterday's second-round clash at Serpentine Ave.
Glenanne's win was indeed a sweet one to savour having lost 3-2 in the league this season against Pembroke. Stephen Butler scored the only goal with a penalty corner on 53 minutes.
Corinthian had their South African international Darren Kimfley to thank for their 4-3 win over visitors Cork Harlequins when scoring two of the goals, helped with one apiece from Chris Pelow and Brian Doherty, with John Jermyn's hat-trick keeping Harlequins' bid alive throughout.
YMCA were caught at the post away to Kilkeel, who nicked a 3-2 win, while Fingal also bowed out to visitors Lisnagarvey, losing 2-1.
Brilliant debut for Copeland
CRICKET: Former Railway Union pace bowler Trent Copeland made a sensational debut for New South Wales in the Sheffield Shield game with Queensland on Friday.
His figures of 8-92 were amazingly the second best-ever bowling figures by a New South Welshman on debut -- only Herbert Hordern with 8-81 in 1905 did better.