Tuesday 12 December 2017

In Brief: Maguire on top in France

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Leona Maguire continued the defence of her French U-21 title at St Cloud yesterday by leading the qualifiers into the knockout stages.

The 15-year-old fired an excellent 70 to add to her 72 of the previous day for a 142 total -- one stroke clear of French girl Celine Boutier.

Twin sister Lisa also made it through, posting a 70 as well yesterday for a 145 aggregate, which was seven strokes inside the qualifying mark.

A man-of-the-match performance in Rotterdam from goalkeeper David Harte yesterday was not enough to keep Pembroke Wanderers afloat in the Euro Hockey League.

Pitted against German side Rott Weiss from Cologne, the Dubliners folded 3-0 at the first hurdle of the knockout stage.

Former Three Rock Rovers star Phelie Maguire scored one of the three goals for Leuven of Belgium as they made the quarter-finals at the expense of Beeston from England.

Dutchman Robert Jan Mol won yesterday's 96km opening stage of the Kerry Group Ras Mumhan. Twenty-two-year-old Mol out-sprinted Sean Lacey from the Edge Racing Team in Cork, with Andrew Roche from the Isle Of Man in third.

All three were part of a 12- man group that went clear of the main field after 10km.

Mol will wear the yellow jersey for today's 140km stage, while Tralee man Lacey leads the King Of The Mountains classification.

Northern Ireland's Mark Allen came from 4-2 down to beat Stephen Hendry 5-4 and set up a semi-final with fellow young gun Ding Junhui at the China Open in Beijing.

Ding delighted the home support with a 5-2 win over Peter Ebdon, while Mark Williams and Ali Carter progressed with easy 5-1 victories against Marco Fu and Mark King respectively.

Oxford University are strong favourites to extend their Dark Blue dynasty on the River Thames in the 156th Xchanging Boat Race.

The race will feature the first Irish rower to represent either Blue Boat in 20 years. Martin Walsh, who is in the 2-seat for Oxford, becomes only the 13th oarsman from Ireland to compete in the event.

The last Irishman to compete in the race was Paddy Mant, who rowed for Cambridge in 1989 and 1990.

Irish Independent

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