Tuesday 20 February 2018

Motorsports: Breen victory sets up title showdown

Craig Breen won the French round of the S2000 World Championship to take the points lead in the series as it heads into its final round in Spain next month.

The Waterford man started the final day in third place following transmission problems on Saturday, but won by 37 seconds in his Kel-Tech Engineering Ford Fiesta.

Dubliner Aron Smith continued his good form in the British Touring Car Championship, taking third and fourth places at Silverstone in his Ford Focus, soaring into the top 10 in the championship.

Andrew Watson (17) from Dublin scored his first win in the British Ginetta Junior Championship at Silverstone and took second place in race two. Niall Murray from Firhouse took third and sixth places, leaving him third in the points table.

Midleton's Daragh O'Riordan won the Orchard Motorsport Cork 20 International Rally for the second year in succession, with a four-minute lead over Declan Boyle, while Darren Gass won the Irish Tarmac Championship despite retiring on the opening day with suspension damage after he hit a rock.

HOCKEY

Ireland finished the Electric Ireland champions Challenge with a flourish as they beat Scotland in a bronze medal shoot-out at Belfield.

Scotland led twice, through Alison Bell and Samantha Judge, but Emma Smyth and then Niamh Atcheler levelled.

In the shoot-out, Lisa Jacob failed to make the most of her one-on-one but 'keeper Gray saw off two of the Scots, and veteran Nikki Symmons had the last word with a nerveless conversion.

Meanwhile, Pembroke Wanderers' unbeaten run in the men's Leinster League continued as they beat Corinthians 3-1 and then Glenanne 4-3, with Alan Sothern extending his record of scoring in every game.

Meanwhile, hope is growing that the Irish men will be heading for Argentina for the Champions Challenge event next month, following a frantic fundraising drive, with close to €30,000 of the required €45,000 raised.

An announcement is expected tomorrow. IHA chief executive Angus Kirkland said: "It has been very positive so far."

BASKETBALL

UL Eagles soared to the top of the men's Superleague table with a 84-59 win over Killester in Limerick.

"We won all the battles really. It was a dominant performance. We got off to a great start and that set the mindset for the rest of the game. We blew the game open early and never really looked back," said UL head coach Mark Keenan.

They were quickly joined at the top by UCC Demons who overcame a depleted Dublin Inter side in Cork, while there were also wins for UCD Marian, who scraped by a resilient Bord Gais Neptune outfit and DCU Saints over Moycullen.

In the women's Superleague, University of Limerick, DCU Mercy, WIT Wildcats and Team Montenotte Hotel all secured wins.

Irish Independent

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