Friday 23 February 2018

Joyce secures European gold


IRELAND'S boxers completed another medal-laden year for the sport in Anapa, Russia.

John Joyce won gold and Frankie Cleary and Martin Stokes claimed a brace of silver medals at the European Junior Championships on Saturday.

Joyce, who boxes out of the St Michael's Athy BC, beat Russia's Shakhin Aslanov in Saturday's final on a split decision to secure 63kg gold.

But Cleary (Olympic BC, Galway) and Stokes (Mulhuddart BC) lost out to Daniel Asenov of Bulgaria and England's Ryan Garner in the light-fly and fly finals, respectively.

Pembroke Wanderers goalkeeper Mark Ingram picked up a knee injury as his side leapfrogged Monkstown to go second in the Leinster League, beating their rivals 4-1.

Meanwhile, Three Rock Rovers player/coach Joe Brennan applied the coup de grace to his former team Glenanne as Rovers extended their unbeaten run with a 3-1 victory.

Dublin Inter claimed a shock win over 2011 National Cup champions and 2012 Premier League champions, UL Eagles, knocking them out of the first round of this year's cup 84-72.

C&S UCC Demons progressed to the second round by the skin of their teeth on a one-point aggregate score in their encounter with UCD Marian.

Reigning National Cup champions Bord Gais Neptune overcame Galway side SSE Renewables Moycullen 92-80.

There was disappointment for Ballylickey driver Keith Cronin at the end of the four-day Rally GB in North Wales, as he had to settle for third place in the Citroen Top Driver competition.

Sebastien Chardonnet of France clinched the lucrative title.

British-based Corkman Billy Twomey picked up his first valuable points of the season when finishing fifth in the Longines FEI World Cup qualifier in Stuttgart.

Riding his brilliant 16-year-old mare Tinka's Serenade, Twomey was one of nine to make it into the jump-off in this fourth leg of the winter-long series.

Irish Independent

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