Wednesday 13 December 2017

Ireland trio seal Estonia progress

THREE Irishmen -- Eamon Haugh, Pat Bevins and Gerard O'Neill -- have made it through to today's final round of the European Mid-Amateur Championship in Estonia, but two more just missed out.

Sweden's Hakan Lundberg holds the outright lead by three shots after carding a second successive round of 72 yesterday, while compatriots Patrik Andersson and Christian Nordstedt share second at the Estonian Golf & Country Club.

Castletroy's Haugh is tied for 35th on 11-over-par after a round of 78 and Bevins (Carlow GC) improved by two strokes on Thursday's 81 to sit on 16-over. O'Neill added a 78 to his opening 84 to also make the top 90.

Sadly, James Ormonde and Galway Bay's John Cassidy were edged out by one and two shots respectively after both went round in 84.

boxing

IRELAND'S Olympic boxers recorded three wins out of five at last night's Round Robin tournament in Calais, France.

Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlan beat Moroccan Olympians Darra Abdelali and Aboubakr Seddik Lbida, while O'Neill edged out Germany's Denis Radovan.

However, John Joe Nevin and Adam Nolan lost out to France's Rachid Azzedine and Germany's Marutjan Arajk, while Ross Hickey was beaten by Germany's Artjam Daschyan.

European champion Joe Ward squared the Ireland versus Germany head-to-heads at 2-2 with a 12-5 decision over Kevin Kunzel.

SAILING

Conditions in Weymouth made sailing for Day 5 of the Skandia Sail for Gold Regatta impossible -- but that did not dampen the spirits of five of the Irish Olympic Sailors.

Annalise Murphy in the Laser Radial, Peter O'Leary & David Burrows in the Star and Ryan Seaton & Matt McGovern in the 49er are all in the top 10 of their respective classes and therefore earn spots in the medal races today.

O'Leary & Burrows remain in third place, Murphy sits fifth overall and Seaton and McGovern are 10th.

The medal races today will be worth double points so everything is still to play for.

Irish Independent

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