Monday 19 February 2018

In brief: Glenanne tighten grip on league

Men's hockey : The Leinster League title looks certain to be heading back to Tallaght after a three-year break following Glenanne's double success at the weekend.

Not only did the men from St Mark's beat principal rivals YMCA on Saturday, but they then held their nerve yesterday to claim three more precious points with a 5-4 win over Railway Union -- coming from two goals down.

The results propels them six points clear of YMCA with a game in hand -- their rivals have just three matches left.


Aileen Lawlor has promised to continue raising camogie's profile after her election as president-elect of the Camogie Association in Belfast on Saturday.

Lawlor saw off the challenge of Catherine O'Hara, who also lost out three years ago to Joan O'Flynn.

Lawlor is a Dubliner who has been resident in Westmeath for the past 20 years. The St Munna's clubwoman began her involvement with Crumlin, with whom she won an All-Ireland senior club title in 1985.

She also won national league and Leinster championships with Dublin, before moving to Mullingar and winning a provincial title with Westmeath.

She was a key cog in the St Munna's machine that won 18 county titles in 19 seasons.

She later graduated to refereeing and took charge of All-Ireland, national league and inter-provincial finals.


Peter Dempsey from Ashbourne stunned the American Indycar racing establishment by taking third place in his first race in the Firestone Indy Lights series at St Petersburg in Florida yesterday.

The Irishman, twice the Young Driver of the Year, finished just three seconds behind winner Josef Newgarden, with Conor Daly in second place.

Earlier, Dubliner Patrick McKenna opened his campaign for the US Star Mazda Championship with fourth place in the opening round at the same circuit.

There was bitter disappointment for Waterford driver Craig Breen in Portugal on Saturday, when his Fiesta slid off the road on the 10th stage of the World Rally Championship event while holding a lead of almost a minute in the Academy section.

There was huge disappointment for the Irish riders and fans who travelled to support them in Round 2 of the World Superbike Championship at Donington Park.

Eugene Laverty started a lowly 13th for his pair of races, after a huge accident in qualifying which destroyed his No 1 bike.

Another bad crash on lap three of the opening race put the Irishman out once again, leaving him in even worse shape for race two where he finished 14th.

Later, Dubliner Jack Kennedy was forced to retire.

Irish Independent

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