Thursday 23 November 2017

Handball: Fitzgeralds keep it in the family

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GREYSTONES brothers Niall and Ciaran Fitzgerald are set to face each other today in the men's singles semi-finals in the National Indoors Championships at David Lloyd Riverview.

After losing the first set of his quarter-final against British former Wimbledon singles participant Edward Seator last night, Niall (20) struck back in decision fashion to power home 4-6 6-0 10-0 (champions tie-break). And Ciaran (18) overwhelmed Donnybrook's Mike Johnston 6-1 6-1.

The other men's semi-final will be contested by last year's runner-up Lazare Kukhalashvili, a Dublin-based Georgia native, and No 2 seed John Morrissey.

Kukhalashvili beat Carlow's Tommy Murphy 6-1 6-2, and Morrissey overcame fellow Donnybrook club member David O'Hare 6-3 6-2.

In the women's singles quarter-finals, top seed Rachael Dillon executed a 6-0 6-0 demolition job on Megan McGreevy from Newcastle, Co Down. Tramore's No 2 seed Sinead Lohan (15) thrashed Donnybrook's Alexandra Drummy 6-0 6-1.

In today's semi-finals, Dillon will face Fed Cup team-mate Jenny Claffey, a 6-0 6-1 winner over Mount Pleasant's Susan McRann, with Lohan facing Naas' Grainne O'Neill, who edged Donnybrook's Alison Clarke 6-2 7-5.

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IRELAND'S top young handballers have proven their worth at the US Junior Nationals in San Diego over the past two days, with many having already advanced to the semi-final stages.

Tyrone's Caolan Daly has yet to concede double figures in the U-19 event, and recorded an emphatic victory over San Jose's Vincent Gonzales Jr. Daly is seeded one in the event, and has been in top form since the outset of the tournament.

India ripped through South Africa's middle and lower order yesterday to win the second Test at Kingsmead by 87 runs and level the three-match series between the world's No 1 and No 2 sides.

Fast bowlers Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth claimed three wickets each in South Africa's second innings as top-ranked India took 7-114 on day four to bowl out the home team for 215 an hour after lunch.

Irish Independent

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