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In brief: O'Leary storms to Sovereigns glory

Sailing: Gusty, grey and damp conditions marked the conclusion of the biennial Sovereigns Cup series off Kinsale, where winning Irish Commodore's Cup team captain Anthony O'Leary lifted the overall winner's prize for a commanding performance on Antix.

O'Leary's well-drilled crew recovered from a shaky start on their Kerr 39-footer to justify their tag as pre-event favourites.

Dave Scott's Kinsale-based Eos prevailed on home waters in Class One with a highly-consistent scoreline of first and second places, while Tim Goodbody brought White Mischief in for the 23-boat class win.

In the Quarter-Tonne class, Neil Kennefick and Joxer O'Brien's Tiger, the continuing class champions, lost their joint lead against the visiting Aguila owned by Rob Grey.


Gene Muller was left frustrated that a largely positive week, in which Ireland ended with the most amount of wins of any nation, yielded only a sixth-place finish from the Electric Ireland Champions Challenge in Belfield.

Pietie Coetzee, who broke the world goal-scoring record earlier in the competition, fired a sublime drag-flick to the top right corner to hand South Africa a 2-1 win in the fifth-place play-off.

Nikki Symmons' close-range scramble had put Ireland on level terms with 20 minutes remaining, cancelling out Sulette Damons' excellently taken opening goal.


Star players John Jackson and Eugene Magee are poised to return to the Irish team after missing the four-nations tournament at Belfield, which finished yesterday with the host country losing 2-1 against Pakistan.

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Impressive Irish goalkeeper David Harte was beaten twice at penalty-corners by Sohail Abbas as all the scoring came in the second half.

The Irish looked very competitive, with John Jermyn slotting home a drag-flick equaliser, while Phelie Maguire missed a close range chance before Abbas produced the winner.


Irish riders filled five of the top 11 places in the Hickstead Derby, where Great Britain's Tina Fletcher claimed the coveted trophy with the only clear round of the competition.

Shane Breen shared runner-up spot with Capt David O'Brien (Mo Chroi) and two of the British contingent when picking up four faults with Mullaghdrin Gold Rain.

His brother Trevor (Adventure de Kannan) slotted into joint- seventh with eight faults and Gerard Clarke (Jakes Dream) and Michael Whyte (Highpark Lad) shared ninth spot with a total of 12.


IRELAND'S Sinead Lohan captured her first title on the ITF U-18 circuit, in the grade four outdoor clay event in Riga, Estonia.

In the final, unseeded Lohan, 463 in the U-18 world rankings, scored a 6-3 6-3 win over Estonia's Eva Paalma, ranked at 373.

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