Trophy-starved Monkstown made progress on two fronts at the weekend, with hard-fought wins on the road in the Irish and Leinster Senior Cups.
The Dun Laoghaire outfit was one of just three survivors from south of the border to weather an Ulster surge in the national competition.
Holders Glenanne were the most eye-catching casualties as Bandon, UCD and YMCA all capitulated to northern opposition on Saturday.
But there was no denying Monkstown their place in the last eight as goalkeeper Davy Fitzgerald made a spectacular save at the end of the 2-2 draw against Mossley in Belfast and dominated the penalty shoot-out as his team remained on course to end a title drought that has lasted more than two decades.
A dominant Australia tore England's batting order apart to seal a one-day series victory with two matches yet to play. The Aussies were restricted to 249 all out in Brisbane as Chris Woakes became only the second Englishman to take six wickets in a one-day international but that total proved beyond England as they stood at 22-3 early on in their pursuit.
Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell made a brief stand but their dismissals led to a 198 all out to hand Australia the series. Eoin Morgan went cheaply for just two runs.
DUBLINER Anthony Fitzgerald successfully defended his Irish super-middleweight title with a KO victory over Leeds-born southpaw Lee Murt-agh at the CityWest Hotel yesterday.
Fitzgerald triumphed after the fight was stopped in the seventh round, with Murtagh, who was behind on points, bleeding heavily from a cut on his brow sustained following a clash of heads in the second. Meanwhile, Oisin "Gael Force" Fagan came out of retirement to register a points win over Karoly Lakatos of Hungary and Ian Tims knocked out Victor Szalai.
Paul Griffin (39), who won gold for Ireland at the 1991 European Championships, also took the early route to victory with the KO of lightweight Janos Vass from Hungary. Paddy McDonagh, JJ McDonagh, Robert Long, Gary Hyde's new-signing Levan Ghamichava and Finbarr Eade also recorded wins on the DolPhil promotion.
Cathal Moynihan (Muckross) was the fastest men's single scull with a time of 12.27 at Rowing Ireland's first official event of the 2011 Irish rowing calendar, the National Head of the River event at O'Brien's Bridge, Co Clare on Saturday.
Monika Dukarska (Killorglin) was the fastest women's single scull with a time of 13.52. St Michael's Rowing Club of Limerick, who hosted the competition, won the men's senior pair and Skibbereen won the women's senior pair.