Friday 23 February 2018

In brief: Ireland bag third in Nations Cup


A team of US-based Irish riders finished third in the Nations Cup at Wellington, Florida, on Friday night where the Olympic silver medallists from Canada topped the line-up and the 2008 Olympic champions from the USA slotted into fourth place.

The Canadians -- led by the legendary Torchy Millar -- collected just five faults, to emerge convincing winners, with Mexico the surprise runners up. Only three riders from each country returned for round two so Kilkenny man Richie Moloney was sidelined following a creditable five-fault first-round effort from Brooke van de Zuuthoeve.

Kevin Babington added eight more to the nine he picked up first time out with Souvenir but Ireland's newest star, 21-year-old Darragh Kenny, had just one fence down in each round as did Shane Sweetman.


Aussie Karrie Webb (35) blitzed the opposition with a final round of 11-under-par 61 to claim her sixth ANZ Ladies Masters at the RACV Royal Pines Resort. The Queenslander's 26-under par aggregate put her six shots ahead of 2009 champion Katherine Hull and South Korean Bo-Mee Lee Webb. Of the Irish, a closing 73 left Rebecca Coakley in a tie for 60th on even par with Hazel Kavanagh six further back in 66th and last place after a disappointing final round of 78.


Already crowned as National champion, Tommy Graham scored another double at Mondello Park yesterday by winning both the Supercar A Final and the Super Final at the MC's final round of the Rallycross Championship in Kildare.

His Ford Fiesta needed four laps to get ahead of the fast-starting Andrew Morris in the main race, but once he was through, the local driver pulled away to a clear win. Despite a troubled run, Simon Quinn toured around in the Junior 'A' Final to win the Jondol Junior title after main rival Niall Murray retired early with damaged steering.


James Tredwell put his name firmly in the frame for a Test debut with six wickets as England took control of their three-day match against Bangladesh 'A'.

With Graeme Swann rested, the Kent off-spinner represented the tourists' only specialist slow bowler on a turning track and he obliged with figures of six for 95.

Roqibul Hasan ensured the home side were not skittled for a dismal total, scoring 107 not out of their 202 total.


Neptune secured second position in the Men's Superleague Southern Con-ference over the weekend with wins over Moycullen and UCD Marian.

UCC Demons did all they could to claim the semi-final home advantage in the play-offs as they overcame Belfast Star but alas it wasn't enough as their Cork rivals edged into the runners-ups spot on the final day of the regular league season.

Irish Independent

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