Wednesday 21 March 2018

McGee's Oz bid brought to end


IRELAND'S No 1 James McGee saw his dreams of making the main draw for the Australian Open dashed when he crashed out of the qualifiers.

McGee fought hard but, having lost the first set 7/2 in a tie-break to Taiwanese player Jimmy Wang, he was always on the back foot.

Wang served for the match at 5-4 in the second. McGee saved two match points and broke him to level at 5-5 but lost his serve immediately and was eliminated 7-5 in the second set.



Andy Murray is seeded fourth for the Australian Open with world No 1 Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams leading the way.

Wimbledon champion Murray, a three-time finalist in Melbourne, is playing his first Grand Slam since back surgery in September ruled him out of the final two months of last season.

He is behind Spain's David Ferrer, and cannot face either Nadal or three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic until the semi-finals in Melbourne.

Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro is the fifth seed ahead of Roger Federer, with Tomas Berdych, Stanislas Wawrinka, Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rounding off the top 10.


Fly-half Ross McKeever struck for 18 points as Gonzaga College eased away from Wilson's Hospital 43-3 in the Beauchamps Vinnie Murray Senior Cup first round at North Kildare RFC.

Wilson's needed a strong start and were doing well at 3-3 from centre Matthew Coade's penalty before 'Zaga slipped into gear for six tries, one from McKeever.

Captain Andy Marks, at centre, dotted down, joined by full-back Barry Goulding, wings Kevin O'Connor and Jayesh Daly-Devereaux. Lock Conor Horan completed the tries.

Irish Independent

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