In brief: Superb Hootan secures victory
Richard Hootan of Kanturk Town CC laid the foundations for overall victory yesterday in the Charleville two-day, three-stage event.
Hootan posted the fastest time of 130 competitors in the 6kms test against the clock in the morning. And in the afternoon, he was content to roll over the line in third place after a difficult passage over 72kms which included a tough climb at Ballyhoura.
The final stage was won by Frank O'Leary of Slaney CC from Conor O'Shea of Killorglin Credit Union CC.
Dubliner Simon McKinley scored his seventh and eighth wins of the year at Knockalla Hillclimb in Donegal to win the Connaught Competition Engines Hillclimb and Sprint Championship for the first time. He set a new record time for the course on both days, beating the previous best by 1.55 seconds.
MATTHEW MACKLIN will now meet tough Georgian middleweight Shalva Jomardashvili for the vacant European title in his native Birmingham on September 18 instead of England's Darren Barker.
The Irish middleweight was slated to meet Barker, the defending champion, but Barker had to relinquish the belt after picking up a hip injury. Macklin, meantime, claimed the Euro belt last year but had to relinquish it after breaking his nose in sparring in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, Dublin lightweight Stephen Ormond stretched his unbeaten run to seven with a points win over Londoner Johnny Greaves in Glasgow on Saturday night.
Army rider Capt Geoff Curran finished 17th with The Jump Jet at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials yesterday where veteran Irish-bred gelding Lenamore gave New Zealand's Caroline Powell the coveted trophy.
Curran, 15th after dressage, improved to 12th after a superb cross-country run on Saturday. But he left two fences on the floor in yesterday's show jumping phase while Powell's 17-year-old grey, Sea Crest, gave the Scottish-based Kiwi victory when adding nothing to their dressage score.
Elizabeth Power and Kilpatrick River retired after the dressage phase but Louise Lyons and Murphy's Miracle were eliminated on the cross-country course. Sarah Wardell retired Kincluny on the cross-country track, but completed in 46th place with Killeenduff Boy.
Ireland finished off their Women's Rugby World Cup with a 32-8 victory against Scotland to seal seventh spot. Eliza Downey nabbed the first try before Niamh Briggs touched down under the posts after a great individual effort. Downey crashed over again before Orla Brennan and Briggs got Ireland's fifth try of the game.
New Zealand won the competition, beating England 13-10 to retain the title.