Friday 23 March 2018

In brief: Ireland regain Cardigan Cup


Ireland completed a convincing victory over Wales in their boys' golf international at Cardigan yesterday.

Leading 8.5-3.5 overnight, they won the final singles session 5-3 for an overall 13.5-6.5 success and regained the Cardigan Cup.

Fota Island's Colm O'Sullivan was the star as he was the only player to win all of his three matches over the two days of competition.

He concluded the contest with a convincing 4&3 defeat of Mark Parry. Dermot McElroy, Daniel Murphy, Stephen Barry and Gary Hurley all won their matches yesterday.


OLYMPIC medalists Ken Egan, Paddy Barnes and World champion Katie Taylor are in the Irish squad for the Men's and Women's Prime Ministry Tournament which begins in Turkey next Tuesday.

Beijing Olympians John Joe Nevin and John Joe Joyce have also been selected on the panel.

Meanwhile, the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) have written a letter of complaint to the European Federation in relation to the unsporting conduct of the Italian team in the second leg of their dual international with Ireland earlier this month.

Ireland beat the Italians 7-5 at the National Stadium, Dublin, and were 4-1 up in the second leg in Belfast when Italy withdrew their team because they were unhappy with the judging.


World 800m champion Caster Semenya insisted she will race this season, hours after being told to wait for gender-test results to be revealed.

The 19-year-old has not raced since winning in Berlin, but was reportedly due to run in a meeting at Stellenbosch in South Africa yesterday.

However, Athletics South Africa (ASA) said she must wait for governing body, the IAAF, to reveal the test results.

The South African described the gender verification case as "a very simple matter".


MARK Allen qualified for the last 16 of the China Open in Beijing as he defeated Graeme Dott 5-1 yesterday.

Kent-based Northern Ireland man Gerard Greene was beaten 5-3 by Ding Junhui.

Allen will face fellow Scot Stephen Maguire in the second round tomorrow. Fergal O'Brien put up a plucky fight before being beaten 5-3 by current World champion John Higgins.

Irish Independent

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