Sunday 19 November 2017

Sport in brief: Joyce confident victory will stand

David Oliver Joyce, who has had a complaint lodged on his behalf
David Oliver Joyce, who has had a complaint lodged on his behalf

Boxing: German boxing chiefs have lodged an objection on behalf of Ireland's David Oliver Joyce in the World Series of Boxing (WSB).

Joyce, a five-time Irish Elite champion, was initially adjudged to have won for Team Deutschland against Argentina's Brian Nunez in Germany last Friday. But the result was reversed in favour of Nunez on a TKO on Saturday morning.

Joyce was retired in the second by the ringside doctor with a cut near his left eye after a clash of heads. The scores were level at 19-19. If the cut was sustained from a headbutt Joyce has a strong claim for victory from the five-match bout, which Germany won 4-1.

"I knew going into the fight that he was going to be awkward. He was all over the place technically and he was using his head and holding a lot," said Joyce. "The German team are confident that the result will be overturned."

Meanwhile, AIBA World Junior male and female champions Willie Donoghue and Ciara Ginty advanced at the Open Youth Championships in Dublin's National Stadium. Donoghue beat Limerick's Dom Sarsfield, and Ginty -- the 2013 World Female Boxer of the Year -- received a walkover.

Hockey

The new-look Irish women's team sprang a surprise on highly rated Spain yesterday with a late run of goals to win 4-2.

Stand-in coach Graham Shaw blooded five new caps for the game at Terrassa. But it was the more experienced hands who came up trumps in the closing three minutes.

The Irish, still smarting from Saturday's 2-1 loss in the opening game of the Spanish series, led in the early stages through Nikki Evans.

However, the hosts were 2-1 ahead as the match entered its closing stages, only for Audrey O'Flynn, Megan Frazer and Anna O'Flanagan to come to the rescue in dramatic style.

Cycling

Banbridge'S Roger Aiken took his second consecutive and fourth career national cyclo-cross title in Belfast, storming around a mud-plugged Lady Dixon Park to finish a minute and 45 seconds clear of 18-time champion Robin Seymour of Wicklow. As expected, this duo were head and shoulders above the rest of the field, with only bronze medal winner Glenn Kinning of Antrim anywhere near them on the tough, rain-lashed course.

Handball

Former Clare underage hurler Diarmuid Nash has picked up the first big victory of the season after his success in the John Gaffney Memorial tournament in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon.

The left-hander -- world U-23 champion -- came through a field that included 25 of the country's best players to lay down a huge marker for the championship, which kicks off next month and is expected not to include 10-time champion Paul Brady.

Irish Independent

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