Friday 24 November 2017

In brief: Pembroke make Euros progress Phoenix Park success

Hockey

Pembroke Wanderers progressed to the knock-out stages of the EuroHockey League, despite losing yesterday 4-2 to HGC's all-star line up in Eindhoven.

Friday's thrilling 4-3 success against Ukranian side Kolos Sekvola was enough to leave the Dublin outfit second in Pool F.

Meanwhile, Glenanne went clear at the top of the Leinster league as they beat Monkstown 7-4.

Joe Brennan was credited with four of the Glens' seven as they put an end to 'Town's unbeaten league run.

In the women's game, Ulster claimed both the Girl's U-16 and U-18 ESB Inter-provincial titles for the third successive season in yesterday's final day at Milltown, with Leinster claiming runners-up spot in each event.

Athletics: Britton sparkles in Phoenix Park success

A rejuvenated Fionnuala Britton gave a truly sparkling performance to win the women's event at the Gerry Farnan Memorial cross-Country carnival in the Phoenix Park yesterday, sprinting away form the large field to win by margin of 66 seconds.

It was the Britton of old, the woman that took the silver medal in the European U-23 cross-country event a couple of years ago, 13th place in the World Championships and who made the Steeplechase final at the world Championships in Osaka in 2007.

All that was achieved under the coaching of Pat Diskin, but she disclosed yesterday that she now has a new coach in Welsh born Chris Jones, who is best known as a High Performance director with the Irish Triathlon Association.

Rugby League: McNally efforts fail to stop Wales

The wheels came off Ireland's Rugby League European Cup campaign as the fell to a 31-30 loss in Wales. It was the second defeat for Ireland after going down 58-24 to France last weekend.

But it was a more committed display from the men in green this weekend and they pushed Wales all the way. Greg McNally contributed 18 points, but it was not enough to overcome powerful Wales.

Equestrian: Kuerten and Breen fail in jump-off attempt

Jessica Kuerten and Shane Breen picked up qualifying points at the opening leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup series in Oslo, Norway yesterday. Both were denied a place in the jump-off by a single mistake in the first round of the competition won by Germany's Christian Ahlmann and Taloubet Z.

From 40 starters only seven found the key to the first-round track, and Breen's error came at the final element of the treble at fence seven. It was the last fence, the oxer at fence 13, that spoiled Kuerten's otherwise flawless round with Castle Forbes Cosma.

Meanwhile, Irish dressage rider Anna Merveldt enjoyed a great run of form at the 3-Star International in La Mandria, Italy. On Saturday she steered Coryolano into third place in the Grand Prix and was second in the Grand Prix Special yesterday.

Basketball: Bernsen demands more from Eagles

UL Eagles head coach Mark Bernsen has demanded more from his side in the way of fitness, despite the fact that his side claimed back-to-back victories in their Men's Superleague double-header over the weekend.

Just 18 hours after putting DCU Saints to the sword, winning 77-61, the UL Eagles built on that victory yesterday and triumphed over Neptune on a scoreline of 70-57.

But Bernsen wasn't entirely happy with his side's performances. "Normally you wouldn't want to play back-to-back games -- especially early in the season because it showed that our fitness wasn't very good", Bernsen said.

Boxing: O'Neill leads superb Irish medals haul

IRELAND'S Elite and Pre-Elite boxers hovered up six gold, three silver and four bronze medals in the Czech Republic and Finland at the weekend.

The eight man Irish Elite squad, which were minus European champ Paddy Barnes and Ken Egan, claimed five gold and three silver medals at the 11-nation Ostrava Grand Prix.

European silver-medalist Darren O'Neill, Word bronze medalist John Joe Nevin, Jason Quigley, Willie McLaughlin and Sean Turner finished on top of the podium.

And the Irish Pre-Elite squad took home one gold and four bronze medals from the 22-nation Tammer Multi-Nations in Finland with light-welterweight Ross Hickey claiming the gold.

Irish Independent

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