Monday 20 November 2017

In brief: UCD foil NUIG to seal double glory


NUIG/Grainne Mhaol were denied a third senior eight title in a row at the Irish Championships on Saturday as UCD celebrated a day to remember in Inniscarra.

The university's women's team made it a double after they saw off Muckross in their senior eight final.

In the men's finale, UCD led by three-quarters of a length at half-way. NUIG made a push with 1,500m remaining but it wasn't enough as the Dubliners claimed their first senior eight win since 1973.

Strong winds caused problems for many and Killorglin's Monika Dukarska capsized just metres from the finishing line in the senior singles, allowing Laura d'Urso of City of Derry to take the title.


IRELAND'S Elite young boxers claimed eight medals at the European Schoolboys Championships in Grozny, Russia.

One gold, two silver and five bronze was the haul as John Joyce, Matthew Burke, James Cleary, Craig Bonney, Lewis Crocker, Sean Conroy, Keelan Sexton and Tiernan Bradley finished in podium positions.

Joyce went all the way in Saturday's finals, claiming gold after a 3-2 win over Russian light-flyweight Miroslav Peshkov in the Chechen capital.


Galway's Frankie Leonard will today be announced as the media crew member on board the sixth entry for this year's Volvo Ocean Race that starts in Alicante in November.

The former Connacht U-21 rugby player also taught sailing at Lough Derg YC and has used his masters degree in interactive media to secure the place on past race-winner Mike Sanderson's team.

The entry is called Team Sanya -- named after the Chinese port where the race will stop-over and is funded by the Chinese government.

The 11th-hour entry was announced last month and recently completed the purchase of Telefonica Blue, the third-placed boat from the last race that is now based in England to prepare for the race start.

The appointment completes the expected Irish involvement in the team that had been rumoured to be a Sino-Irish venture, similar in nature to the Green Dragon entry three years ago.


American Thomas Wrona landed the overall victory in the Junior Tour of Ireland yesterday.

The Hot Tubes rider was part of the main bunch held up when the railway gates stopped them from crossing the track at Foxford.

That allowed lone leader Darragh Zaidan to pull five minutes clear. Zaidan held on to win the stage but Wrona came home in eighth place, over two minutes in arrears but with his lead still intact.


World Rally Championship Academy contender Craig Breen finished second in his class in Rally Estonia, which the Waterford driver was using as a shakedown for the third Academy round, Rally Finland, next week.

After two days of gravel stages, Breen's Ford Fiesta R2 was 35 seconds behind Finland's Teemu Horkama and one second ahead of Ulster rival Alastair Fisher.

Meanwhile, Dubliner Gary Thompson (19) finished fifth in Round 6 of the Japanese National Formula 3 Championship at Fuji.

Irish Independent

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