Thursday 26 April 2018

Handball: Nash cruises to world glory

Clare underage hurler Diamuid Nash has become new world U-23 champion after he defeated Tyrone U-21 football corner-forward Caolan Daly in a one-sided final at The Citywest Arena, writes Paul Fitzpatrick.

Left-hander Nash -- who caused an upset when beating Limerick dual star Seamus O'Carroll in a tiebreaker in the semi-final -- dominated throughout against Daly, cruising to a 21-6 21-6 victory.

Meanwhile, Cork starlet Cathriona Casey is the new Ladies U-23 champion after she saw off Lorraine Havern of Down in an exciting final.

In the Men's 'A' Singles, Kells man Carl Browne -- who lost to Paul Brady in the final of the 1997 World U-17 grade in Canada -- finally picked up a world title when he saw off Roscommon's Riki O'Gara 21-11, 21-15.

The action continues today, with Brady and Michael Finnegan lining out in the Men's Open Doubles quarter-finals.

Hockey

The fitness of Monsktown's comeback kids Kyle Good and Gareth Watkins will be tested to the full by a weekend double header.

The Leinster league favourites tackle unbeaten table-toppers Pembroke Wanderers on Saturday at Serpentine Avenue, then they welcome resurgent UCD to Rathdown on Sunday.

'Town have been missing the services of lynchpin defender Richard Sykes, who has decamped to Germany until sometime early in the new year.

However, with Good on the mend after breaking his thumb and Watkins back in action after crocking his metatarsal, they certainly do not lack experience through the ranks for the tests against Pembroke and the Students.

Boxing

The Irish Amateur Boxing Association's Boxing Council will meet next month to discuss a directive from the International Boxing Association (AIBA) to drop the world 'amateur' from its name.

Founded in 1911, the IABA have been advised by AIBA that what was previously known as 'amateur boxing' will now be known as AIBA Olympic Boxing.

Federations worldwide have been directed to follow suit ahead of the introduction of AIBA Professional Boxing (APB) next year.

Meanwhile, the National men's U-23 Championships and the women's U-21 Championships begin at the National Stadium in Dublin tomorrow.

Irish Independent

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