Thursday 14 November 2019

In brief: Maguires pull out of Tenby


The Maguire twins yesterday pulled out of the Welsh Womens Open Stroke-Play Championship at Tenby this weekend.

They contacted Golfing Union of Wales headquarters with the news citing family reasons for the withdrawal.

Their parents have a commitment elsewhere and Leona and Lisa, aged 16 from Slieve Russell, are unable to travel to Wales on their own.

Leona finished runner-up in last weekend's Helen Holm Scottish Open Stroke-Play Championship at Troon, but she and Lisa were leapfrogged at the top of the Ping Junior Solheim Cup rankings by Manon Gidali of France.

Lisa is second in the rankings and Leona third.


Irish boxing chief Dominic O'Rourke has hailed the performances of Katie Rowland and Austeja Accueita at the Women's World Youth and Junior Championships in Turkey.

European Youth silver medalist Rowland guaranteed Ireland a third bronze at the tournament with a 16-13 quarter-final win over Thi Yen Nguyen of Vietnam yesterday.

The victory arrived just a few hours after Accueita beat Marthamma Sattivada of India 14-8 in the Junior event. The duo join Belfast's Michaela Walsh in today's semi-finals.

Rowland meets Sweden's Frida Stenholm today, and Walsh fights Ornella Wahner of Germany. Accueita faces Sweden's Agnes Alexiusson.

There was was disappointment for Christine Gargan, Nicole Meli, Shannon Power and Oliwia Samsonow, who all lost out at the quarter-final stages.

Meanwhile, middleweight Andy Lee will take on Congo-born Alex 'The Technician' Bunema for the NABF middleweight belt in Illinois on May 18.


Ireland's Julia Moriarty yesterday advanced to the second round of the ITF Circuit event in Bournemouth, beating Britain's Laura Deigman 6-7 (2/7) 6-3 7-6 (7/4).

Moriarty's win earns her a difficult challenge against the No 6 seed, Germany's Bianca Koch. Also in Bournemouth, Dublin's James Cluskey teamed up with France's Albano Olivetti for a 6-1 6-2 win over British duo Ben Pritchard and Marshall Tutu.

  • Russian cyclist Pavel Brutt won yesterday's first stage of the Tour of Romandie. He leads the Ukraine's Oleksandr Kvachuk by 56 seconds on general classification.

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