Wednesday 21 March 2018

In Brief: Twomey steers Ireland to fourth

Ireland finished fourth in the third leg of the 2010 Meydan FEI Nations Cup series in St Gallen, Switzerland, yesterday, where Billy Twomey's last-to-go clear round clinched the solid result, writes Louise Parkes.

The 10-nation clash was won, for the third consecutive occasion, by France. Shane Breen led the Irish attack, picking up five faults in each round with Carmena Z, but Darragh Kenny followed a five-fault first effort with an expensive 16 faults second time out with Obelix.

Cian O'Connor and K Club Lady looked set for a first-round clear before things unravelled at the penultimate tricky treble, and with the clock playing a major role on the day, he also added a single time fault. But in round two, this partnership faulted only at the Liverpool oxer.

Twomey steered his 2009 St Gallen Grand Prix winner Je T'Aime Flamenco to a superb anchorman clear in the second round that bolstered the position of the Irish, who were joint-sixth at the half-way stage. Ireland have moved into fourth place on the series leaderboard.

IRELAND'S Barry King failed in his bid to clinch a place in the doubles final in the ITF Men's Futures event in Lanzarote.

King and American Ashwin Kumar were the No 2 seeds, but they suffered an emphatic 6-4 6-2 defeat by the No 3 seeds, Spain's Georgi Rumenov-Payakov and Portugal's Joao Sousa.

King will be hoping to get back on track in next week's corresponding tournament in Tenerife, where he is the No 13 player in the singles acceptance list, and is thus guaranteed a place in the main draw.

Sam Bennett from Carrick-on-Suir got the Irish team off to a flier after the first stage of the Ville de Saguenay U-23 Nations Cup race in Canada.

In the overall standings he is placed fourth. It is important that Ireland make their presence felt in this event as it carries points toward automatic selection for the World Championships in Australia in September.

The remaining team members -- Philip Lavery, Charles Prendergast, Marcus Christie and Conor McConvey -- were all credited with the same time as the bunch.

Fresh from their FBD Insurance Ras heroics, the An Post Sean Kelly team are back in action at the Wavre-Rijmenam tomorrow. The team returned to their base in Belgium earlier this week and face their first race after eight days of competing in Ireland. Ras stage-winner Mark Cassidy should be one to watch.

Kobe Bryant led the Los Angeles Lakers to victory over the Boston Celtics as the home side took a one-game lead in the NBA finals with a 102-89 victory.

Bryant scored 30 points and had seven rebounds and six assists and Pau Gasol had 23 points and 14 rebounds, with Ron Artest scoring 15. For the Celtics, Paul Pierce scored 24 points.

Irish Independent

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