Monday 22 January 2018

St Andrew's seal first title in style

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After a series of near misses, St Andrew's College finally claimed their maiden Kate Russell All-Ireland Schoolgirl's Championship, disposing of title holders Colaiste Iognaid 3-1 in the final at Dangan yesterday.

Harriet Kinsman got the Dubliners off to a flyer, guiding home from close range in the 12th minute. Tara Melvin levelled for the Galway girls within four minutes before Niamh Atcheler and Sarah Woodroofe both netted to seal the title in style.

Meanwhile, Royal School, Armagh showed few after-effects of their elimination in the group stages, bouncing back to take bronze with an easy 5-1 win over Loreto, Kilkenny.

St Andrew's -- T Ellis, N Atcheler, L Stephens, V Taaffe, L Pinder, C Watkins, G Pinder, S Woodroofe, S Marshall, H Kinsman, L Gray. Subs: H Sarratt, H Meredith, S Kavanagh, J Lavery, A Spain, L Moran

Colaiste Ioganaid -- N Cooke, T Melvin, A Ryan, N Callanan, L Trainor, B Flannery, E Murphy, K Codyre, M Carey, M Russell, E Carey. Subs: C Treacy, A Dunne, C Kirk, A Cunningham, C Power, S McLaughlin, N Codyre

IRISH duo John Morrissey and Sam Barry are set to clash in the boys' doubles final of the ITF U-18 Circuit Grade 1 event in Malaysia.

Yesterday, Dubliner Morrissey and Limerick's Barry won their respective semi-finals to set up an intriguing showdown today between the top U-18 boys' players in this country. Morrissey and Australia's Ben Wagland, the No 3 seeds, just edged past unseeded American duo Mitchell Krueger and Dane Webb -- who had shocked the top seeds in the quarter-finals -- on a 6-1 3-6 10-5 (champions' tie break) scoreline.

Barry and New Zealand's Ben McLachlan, the No 4 seeds, enjoyed an easier passage against the unseeded pair of Sweden's Kalle Averfalk and Germany's Patrick Elias, winning 6-3 7-6 (8/6).

David McCann remains on track to land the overall title in the Tour de Taiwan when it concludes today in the country's capital, Taipei.

Yesterday, the Belfast competitor -- who represents the Giant Asia outfit -- finished in the main group in 21st place.

His big threat Takashi Miyazawa, of the Japanese National Team, finished fourth on the stage, missing out on a time bonus. The time gaps now between McCann and his main rivals remains as it was at the outset of the sixth stage which was won by Tomasz Smolen.

Today's stage is over 60kms and is relatively short in comparison to the stages during the week.

Out-half Darragh Leader was the hero as St Joseph's College, Galway saw off Sligo outfit Summerhill College 12-3 to capture the Connacht Senior Development Cup at the Sportsground yesterday.

Summerhill led 3-0 at the break thanks to a penalty from Kieran Blake but St Joseph's took control after that with Leader crossing for his first try just after the restart.

He then wrapped up the issue 10 minutes later when he took a pass from Craig Joyce and skipped two tackles to dive over, before adding the conversion.

Irish Independent

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