Tuesday 20 March 2018

Hockey: Irish wrap up series success

Late goals from Anna O'Flanagan and Megan Frazer propelled the Irish women's team to a series-clinching 2-0 success against Scotland.

The game at Mossley's pitch in The Glade was a tale of missed chances at both ends until UCD striker O'Flanagan made the breakthrough.

After Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Scots at the same venue, the result means that Ireland have won the three-match series, which concludes today at 12.0.

DUBLIN teenager Natasha MacManus made history by taking sixth in the platform event at the European Junior Championships in Poznan.

MacManus (16) is the first Irish diver to reach a European final. She finished ninth in the preliminaries off the 5m/7m/10m heights to make the top-12 final, where her final three dives left her 10.65 points off bronze.

She will also compete in the 1m springboard competition today and the 3m springboard on Sunday.

Irish riders were on fire with three wins on the opening day of the North American 5-Star Tournament at Spruce Meadows in Calgary.

Cameron Hanley took the feature Sun Life 1.60m competition with Antello Z, Shane Sweetnam won the Suncast Cup with Solerina, and Conor Swail earned victory with Martha Louise in the Friends of the Meadows Cup.

Sweetnam also slotted into third in the Aon Cup 1.50m.

Denis Lynch competes this weekend at the latest leg of the Global Champions Tour in Portugal, while the next round of the Premier Grand Prix series takes place in Omagh.

CONNACHT have signed up New Zealander Dave Ellis as backs and skills coach on a one-year deal.

"The biggest thing with Dave is his massive ability as a coach around skills, decision-making and player development," said head coach Pat Lam. "The last 10 years he's been involved with the International Rugby Academy in New Zealand, where I worked with him, and I saw the ability he had in improving players."

MERRION all-rounder Tyrone Kane will lead Ireland's bid to reach the finals of the 2014 U-19 World Cup by winning a tough qualifying tournament in the Netherlands next month.

Captain Kane is one of four survivors from the 2012 World Cup campaign, while the selectors have fast-tracked 15-year-old Phoenix fast bowler Rory Anders into the squad of 14.

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