Cork Boat Club were Ireland's sole survivors on the opening day of Henley Royal Regatta when the students of Queen's University, Belfast and Trinity College, Dublin went out of the competition.
Cork's race with Cardiff University in the Wyfold Challenge Cup for coxless fours was one of the closest of the day, with neither crew gaining the upper hand until the last 200 yards, when the Cork men eventually pulled out to a one- length verdict.
In the Prince Albert Challenge Cup for student coxed fours, Imperial College drew ahead of Queen's Belfast to win by 1.5 lengths, and in the student eights TCD went down to University of Michigan by a length.
ANTRIM'S Jason McKay and Kerry's Brian Wall guaranteed Ireland at least two bronze medals from the 16th European Junior Championships in Bulgaria yesterday.
But there was disappointment for Lewis Crocker, Darren Pollock, Kalum McConville and Wayne Kelly, who all lost out at the at quarter-final stage.
McKay, who boxes out of the Canal BC, romped home to an 18-6 victory over Lithuanian light-flyweight Arturas Bankauskas.
And Cashen Vale BC middleweight Wall had his hand raised in victory after Turkey's Mustafa Atmaca was retired after suffering a cut under his right eye.
Stephanie Meadow and Leona Maguire heaved big sighs of relief last night after squeezing through to the knockout stages of the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship over the tough Carnoustie Links in Scotland.
Meadow (81 75) had to endure several hours of nail-biting before just making it on through on 156.
The wait was even worse for Leona Maguire, but she survived by the skin of her teeth as the final group of the day came in. Leona carded a second-round 84 for a 157 total. Lisa Maguire missed the cut on 161 after she added a 78 to a first-round 83.
CRICKET Ireland received a welcome bonus yesterday with the announcement of a $500,000 (€401,187) additional annual grant from the International Cricket Council.
The cash from the ICC's Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme will help pay for more international fixtures, a National Academy and the setting up of an inter-provincial structure.