Monday 23 October 2017

McGuigan takes title in Florida

Monkstown's Andy Ewington
Monkstown's Andy Ewington

Equestrian

Tyrone showjumper Ronan McGuigan won the $50,000 (€37,000) Wellington Realty Grand Prix at Palm Beach in Florida.

Riding the 10-year-old Capall Zidane, McGuigan pinned America's Todd Minikus and Norman dello Joio into second and third in an eight-horse jump-off.

Elsewhere, both Billy Twomey and Denis Lynch qualified for the 11-horse World Cup qualifier jump-off in Leipzig.

Lynch lost his chance when Abbervail van het Dingeshof refused after a tight turn, but Twomey was well in contention until his feisty 17-year-old mare Tinka's Serenade hit the very last fence to slot them into eighth place.

Twomey and the mare were fifth in Friday's Preliminary World Cup class, while Shane Breen, who retired with Balloon after a mistake in the opening round of the World Cup qualifier, earlier lined up second with For Cento in the Youngster Cup Final.

Irish team manager Robert Splaine has named La Baule in France, Rotterdam in Holland, Hickstead in Great Britain and the Aga Khan Cup at Dublin Horse Show as Ireland's four points-gaining events for this year's Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup series.

Killester bounced back from their National Cup semi-final loss last week with a Michael Bonaparte-led 90-61 victory over UCD Marian. Bonaparte weighed in with three three-pointers in the first quarter.

Meanwhile, in Galway, SSE Renewables Moycullen also felt the wrath of semi-final losers when Neptune hammered them 116-83. Michael McGinn netted 47 points.

Cork-based Cuban heavyweight Mike Perez and Cameroon-born Carlos Takam battled each other to a majority draw in Canada on Saturday.

The final scores read 96-94, 95-95, 95-95 after 10 rounds in front of over 20,000 fight fans at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

It was not announced who earned the 96-94 score, although Takam looked sharper near the end, as the two-month turnaround since his last fight appeared to take its toll on Perez.

Monkstown clawed their way to the top of the Leinster League with a 4-3 home win over Pembroke Wanderers.

Andy Ewington played through the pain barrier to make a telling contribution at Rathdown. The Kiwi defender sported a cricket glove on his damaged finger as he slotted home the third of 'Town's four at a penalty corner.

Pembroke welcomed back scoring ace Alan Sothern after two months on the sideline, but his late goal was not enough.

Marcel Kittel of Germany outsprinted illustrious compatriot Andre Greipel in a thrilling finish to the People's Choice Classic, the traditional prelude to the Tour Down Under race.

Irish Independent

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