Thursday 23 November 2017

In Brief: India hit back to sink Ireland women's hockey team

Ireland captain Megan Frazer
Ireland captain Megan Frazer

The Irish women's hockey team suffered a severe case of the second-half blues as they lost 3-1 to India in Belfield last night.

Stand-in captain Megan Frazer gave the home side an early lead at the Dublin venue in the first game of this week's three-Test series.

However, they failed to capitalise despite continuing to dominate up to the break.

The Indians took command after half-time, with Rani Poonam striking the equaliser before Rani Ritu and Sunita Lakra put the visitors out of sight. The sides meet again tomorrow evening and on Friday at the same venue.

Ireland – E Gray, M Harvey, C Sargent, C Brown, N Evans, S McKay, M Frazer, N Carroll, C Watkins, N Daly, A Meeke. Subs: A O'Flanagan, K Mullan, A O'Flynn, G Pinder, D Duke, A McFerran.

Doherty books his place at crucible

Former World champion Ken Doherty will be back on the game's biggest stage after winning his World Championship final qualifying-round tie against Thailand's Dechawat Poomjaeng 10-5.

Doherty, who lifted the World title in 1997, missed out on last year's tournament after losing 10-9 to Matthew Selt but there was no slip-up this time as he brushed aside the eccentric Poomjaeng to earn his place in tomorrow's draw.

The Dubliner, ranked 28th in the world, will play one of the 16 seeds in his first-round match at the Crucible in Sheffield, where the tournament begins on Saturday.

Doherty (44) has carved a niche as a broadcaster at the tournament, but he wants to remain active at the top of the game as a player.

"When you've had success at the Crucible you know what it means," he said.

"You want to be part of the tournament and not sitting on the couch talking about it."

Djokovic on fire in Monte Carlo

Defending champion Novak Djokovic was in rampant form as he saw off Albert Montanes at the Monte Carlo Open.

The world No 2 got a bye into the second round and beat Montanes 6-1 6-0 in 45 minutes to reach the third round.

Djokovic lost only five points in the second set, in his first match on clay since last year's French Open. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga also got through, beating Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4 1-6 6-4.

Irish Independent

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