Tuesday 24 October 2017

Sport in brief: Banks - Future is bright for Ireland

Peter Banks, left, National Performance Director, Swim Ireland in conversation with John Treacy, Chief Executive, Irish Sports Council
Peter Banks, left, National Performance Director, Swim Ireland in conversation with John Treacy, Chief Executive, Irish Sports Council

Swimming: SWIM Ireland's national performance director Peter Banks believes the current crop of young swimmers have proved they have the potential for major success following impressive performances at the European Junior Championships in Dordrecht, Holland.

The Irish team finished off their campaign yesterday with double semi-finalist Gemma Kane (28.66), Emma Reid (28.92), Danielle Hill (29.11) and finalist Niamh Kilgallen (30.66) all competing in the heats of the 50m Butterfly, while James Brown (4:43.00) and Ben Griffin (4:37.40) were in the heats of the 400m Individual Medley.

Banks was looking to the future in the knowledge that Reid, Hill, Kilgallen and Brown will all still be eligible to compete in next year's European juniors in Baku.


Meath kingpins Kells retained their All-Ireland 60x30 senior club crown when they defeated Ballaghadereen from Mayo in the final on a 97-68 scoreline.

The win marked a rare three-in-a-row for Kells, with veteran Tom Sheridan the star performer, winning his singles match 21-3 21-4 against Joe Dowling, with Brian Carroll defeating Paul Flynn 21-14 21-5.

Carroll and Sheridan will look to continue their good form when they team up for the All-Ireland 60x30 senior doubles, which serves off in the coming weeks.


The Irish men's team took consolation silver medals from the Investec London Cup yesterday after forcing hosts England to a shoot-out.

Twice the English took the lead, through Alastair Brogdan and David Condon, and twice Ireland replied.

Eugene Magee powered home the first with a rising piledriver and then Mitch Darling finished well to leave the score 2-2.

Magee was less fortunate in the shoot-out as he and Michael Watt failed to convert with England taking the tie-breaker 4-2.


The third and final day of the Irish Championships held at the National Rowing Centre at Farran Woods took place yesterday.

The first final of the day was the women's junior 16 quad scull, followed swiftly by the women's junior pair which was won by the Ford sisters.

The men's scull was a great race between UCD (O'Donovan) and Lee Valley (Keohane). In the final 250m Keohane pulled through to win by two seconds.


Reigning class champion Adam MacAulay has won the biggest prize of the year in Formula Vee by taking the Dunlop Formula Vee Festival final at Mondello Park in his Wicklow-built Sheane, having earlier won a qualifying heat and finished second in his semi-final.

However, his victory was an anti-climax, as the race was stopped and restarted because of a collision on the starting grid, and then stopped again after another incident, with drivers brought back in to the pit road, so that the Ashford driver couldn't savour the normal chequered flag finish.

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