Friday 24 November 2017

In brief: Red-hot Quinn tops senior pile

Athletics

It may have a new venue -- the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown -- but there were no real surprises at the Aviva All-Ireland Schools Cross-Country Championships, where Munster took the lion's share of honours, including two senior titles.

Shane Quinn (De La Salle Waterford) took gold in senior boys, ahead of CBC Monkstown's Kevin Dooney and Liam Brady (St Brendan's, Birr).

Amy O'Donoghue (Villiers) added the girls senior title for Limerick and Munster, while national junior inter-club champion Siofra Cleirigh-Buttner (Colaiste Iosagain) won the intermediate girls.

The race of the day was the intermediate boys, where Sean Tobin (Clonmel High School) eventually pulled away from Ian Hartnett (Colaiste Daibhead, Cork) and Aaron Hanlon (St Mary's, Drogheda).

Ella Fennelly (Mount Anville) continued her winning ways in junior girls, while Hugh Morgan (De La Salle Waterford) held off the challenge of St Malachy's Paddy Robb in a thrilling climax to the boy's equivalent.

Tennis

IRELAND'S James McGee bounced back from doubles defeat in the Davis Cup tie against Luxembourg nine days ago by clinching a main draw place in the ITF Futures event in Bath.

McGee yesterday reeled off two wins, beating British duo Oliver Plaskett and James Hignett on respective 6-3 6-1 and 6-2 6-0 margins. Today, the Dubliner faces Italy's Stefano Galvani for a place in the second round.

Table Tennis

England followed their rugby counterparts in securing top spot at the junior and Cadet Six Nations Championship in UL Sports Centre, Limerick over the weekend.

Ireland had to settle for silver in the junior boys and two bronze in the two girls events. Taking two golds -- in the cadet boys and junior girls -- and a silver in the cadet girls, the English proved too strong in the key matches.

Basketball

Belfast Star and Bord Gais Neptune have both earned a place in the last four of the Nivea for Men Superleague.

The Belfast side will face 11890 Killester in the semi-final after clinching a two-point victory against UCC Demons. Star had a 20-point lead at one stage but despite a comeback from the Cork side, they lost the match 88-86.

Board Gais Neptune will meet UL Eagles after they beat DCU Saints 83-69.

Motorsport

In a surprise result, Patrick Ryan won the Super final at yesterday's final Rallycross of the season at Mondello Park, with his Nova holding off the Lancer Evo of David Dempsey.

Former champion Michael Coyne took third place in another Nova.

In Tralee, Steven Ferguson and Robin Lyons shared wins in the Kerry MC double header Hewison Autotest weekend.

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