Monday 19 February 2018

In Brief: Tonnerre clinches Round Ireland titleSailing

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AFTER a relatively slow-paced edition, the Conway Media Round Ireland Race began its conclusion at Wicklow Sailing Club last night when mid-sized entry Tonnerre de Breskens 3 was announced as the provisional overall race winner as well as recipient of 'line honours'.

Piet Vroon's team crossed the finishing line shortly after dawn yesterday morning as fresh winds boosted their final approach.

Steve White's Open 60-footer sailing as Rosslare Europort, the pre-race favourite, was banking on downwind sailing conditions. But as winds remained light on the west coast on Monday night, the bigger boat already had a 26-mile deficit to catch Vroon's team, who were surging along the Atlantic seaboard.

The Open 60 gave chase, coming within two miles of its quarry by Malin Head when the breeze dropped off and returned as headwinds. White's window of opportunity had closed and eventually slammed shut as Tonnerre opened its lead to a massive 48 miles at the finish.

THE Dublin and District Schoolboy League (DDSL) will meet South Dublin in the final of the SFAI Kennedy Cup at the University of Limerick today.

DDSL, aiming for their seventh title on the trot, beat Limerick District 3-0 in the semi-finals yesterday thanks to a brilliant hat-trick from midfielder Jack Dylan Byrne.

South Dublin advanced to the final with a dramatic 2-1 win over Wicklow. Dylan McKeever opened the scoring for the Dubs after five minutes, Sean Hughes replied but Mike Hogan headed home the winner with three minutes left.

Sam Barry suffered a shock defeat in the first round of Wimbledon Junior Open qualifying at Roehampton, London, yesterday.

The Limerick lad lost 6-4 4-6 6-3 against unseeded Frenchman Gregoire Barrere who, at 107, was 40 places behind Barry in the U-18 rankings. Barry, though, gained some consolation for his exit when he advanced to the boys' doubles semi-finals in the Grade One Aegon Junior International also at Roehampton.

With a world U-18 ranking of 37, Dubliner John Morrissey has gained a place in the main draw at the Wimbledon Junior Open, which gets under way next week.

Meanwhile, Conor Niland clinched a place in the quarter-finals of the ATP Challenger Tour event in Marburg, Germany, with a 6-0 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 victory over Germany's Denis Gremelmayr yesterday.

TALENTED Leinster back Kyle Tonetti is on his way to Sale Sharks after agreeing a two-year deal with the English outfit.

Former Leinster coach Mike Brewer is in charge at Edgeley Park and moved to sign the centre/out-half, who was part of the 2007 Grand Slam-winning Irish U-20 squad.

"Kyle is a great prospect with plenty of potential," said Brewer.

Irish Independent

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