Sunday 17 November 2019

Irish unchanged for Crown battle

IRELAND women's coach Philip Doyle has named an unchanged team for his side's Triple Crown tilt.

Two weeks on from their first win over England, the women in green can make history by claiming the Crown and also qualifying for the World Cup by beating Scotland in Lasswade tomorrow.

"It's all about meeting the standards we set out against England. We have named the same team as we are looking for consistency now to our game," Doyle said.

IRELAND – N Briggs (UL Bohemian); A Baxter (Belfast Harlequins), L Cantwell (Richmond), J Murphy (Old Belvedere), A Miller (Portlaoise); N Stapleton (Old Belvedere), L Muldoon (UWIC); F Coghlan (UL Bohemian), G Bourke (UL Bohemian), A Egan (Old Belvedere); S Spence (Mowden Park Sharks), ML Reilly (Old Belvedere); S Fleming (Tralee), C Molloy (Bristol), J Neville (UL Bohemian). Reps: SL Kennedy (City of Derry), F Hayes (UL Bohemian), L Day (Waterloo), L Dargan (Saracens), L Guest (Highfield), A Davis (Blackrock), G Davitt (Cooke), N Kavanagh (UL Bohemian).

MOTORSPORT

Sergio Perez concluded his two days of running in the second pre-season Formula One test by finishing top of the timesheet.

Perez, who will now make way for McLaren team-mate Jenson Button for the final two days at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya, posted a superb lap of one minute, 21.818 seconds.

Behind the 23-year-old was Sebastian Vettel, the current triple world champion 0.349 adrift in his Red Bull.

Tennis

IRISH tennis is mourning the passing of former Irish Davis Cup captain, Dr Harry Barniville, who died on Wednesday aged 86.

A former international player and administrator, Dr Barniville represented Ireland as recently as 2005 when he was a member of a team which travelled to the World Championships in Turkey. He topped the senior rankings consistently in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Through the 1980s and '90s he made a huge contribution to the junior game in Ireland. Amongst the players who took part in his trips to UK junior tournaments over a 27-year period were Karen Nugent, Scott Barron, Eoin Collins, Dave O'Connell, James McGee and Rachael Dillon.

A former president of the Lansdowne and Fitzwilliam clubs, he sat on the General Council of the Irish Lawn Tennis Association and also on the Leinster Branch.

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