Saturday 20 January 2018

Hartys clinch last-four spots

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LIMERICK twins Jamie and Jason Harty guaranteed Ireland at least another two bronze medals at the European Schoolboy Championships following quarter-finals wins at Dublin's Citywest Hotel.

The Rathkeale BC duo beat Armenia's Arman Antonyan and Tony Jas of the Netherlands on unanimous decisions last night to book their last-four tickets.

Derry's Dominic Bradley, Dublin's Sean Whelan and Monaghan's Aaron McKenna also marched into the last four following impressive victories.

But Derry's Thomas Stokes and Limerick's Patrick Donovan bowed out following defeats to Dorin Dohi of Romania and Nikita Piskunov of Russia.

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A brilliant display from goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran could not save the Irish U-18s from 6-0 defeat by Holland at Belfield.

The host side racked up five against Wales on the opening day of the European Championships, but the Dutch represented a huge step up in class.

Despite a brave effort from McFerran, she had been beaten twice by half-time and conceded four more before the end.

The Irish have a rest day today before tackling the French tomorrow.

Kevin Pietersen's calf injury is set to keep England waiting until the last minute before they know whether he will be fit for the third Ashes Test.

The hosts are one victory away from clinching the urn with two matches to spare, but Pietersen's well-being was a cloud hanging over the squad yesterday as he underwent a fitness test.

England will wait until the first morning of the third Test – tomorrow – if necessary to give Pietersen every opportunity to take part.

BARRY Murphy finished 14th overall after making the semi-finals of the 50m breaststroke at the World championships in Barcelona.

The Dubliner swam a season's best time of 27.52 in yesterday morning's fastest heat at the Palau Sant Jordi, finishing sixth to secure his place in the semi-finals, but could only manage a 27.78 to place seventh in his semi-final.

Murphy will now look ahead to Friday's 50m freestyle heats where he will be hopeful of another second swim.

Irish Independent

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