Tuesday 24 April 2018


Demons clawing way to the top BASKETBALL: ESAT Business Demons continued their climb up the table with a fourth successive league win against a disappointing Frosties Tigers Tralee in Cork yesterday, writes Aidan O'Hara.

Demons, who beat Neptune last week, once again were grateful to the form of John Estick who top-scored with 28 points, but their defence was also excellent, restricting dangerman Jermaine Turner to just seven points in the second half.

The 80-73 win moves Demons up to second place with three games in hand over leaders UCD Marian. The Dublin side easily beat Tyrone Towers yesterday, but their defeat at the hands of Notre Dame on Saturday means that their reign at the top should be a short one.

Waterford Crystal destroyed a tired Gleaneagle Lakers by 24 points with the Ryan Gorman and James Singleton combination once again proving decisive. The pair scored over half of their sides 110 point total to move Crystal in to third place.

The clash of last year's top two sides saw DART Killester notch up their second consecutive win with a 83-78 victory against SX3 Star. It was the second win for player-coach Jerome Westbrooks who seems to have brought out the best in Chris Davis, who top-scored with 32 points.

Despite missing their two American's, Abbey Foods Sligo continued their good form with a narrow win against Tyrone Towers on Saturday. Towers will be furious at not registering their first win of the season, but Sligo's determination won out in the end with an 80-74 win.

MEN'S HOCKEY: International defender Errol Lutton had a day to forget as the Inter-provincial series got under way with a 1-1 draw between Munster and Ulster on Saturday, writes David Medcalf.

David Eakins may have been given the credit for scoring the Munster goal but, in fact, his penalty corner effort was going well wide when the ball took a grotesque deflection from the stick of the unfortunate Lutton and finished in the back of the net.

His blushes were spared a few minutes later when Lisnagarvey clubmate Mark Tumilty conjured up an equaliser from a Julian Stevenson pass.

However, Lutton's woes were not over, as he was needlessly sin-binned for dissent after disputing a free awarded against his team.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY: Hermes, who have set their sights on all the major domestic trophies this season, showed top form in their 5-1 Leinster League win over Old Alex at Belfield on Saturday, writes John Stokes.

It was an impressive opening to their Division 1 campaign and unless the likes of Loreto, Pembroke Wanderers, Corinthians or UCD can match their high standard, the signs are that Hermes could be lifting the League trophy for the second year in a row.

Mary Logue got two of the Hermes goal's, while Rachel Petrie, the former New Zealand international, set them on their way with their opener after three minutes play.

International striker Jenny Burke netted another and Rosie Walsh completed the tally.

Loreto and UCD played out a 1-1 draw with Sarah Scott putting Loreto 1-0 in front after four minutes and Helen Maguire equalising for UCD midway in the first half.

Corinthians were in complete control in their 4-0 win over Glenanne at Whitechurch Park, with Niki Jolley scoring two from penalty strokes, with Viv Doran and Brenda Duggan picking off the others.

Trinity and Genesis played out a goalless draw at Santry, although the home side felt hard done by when having a score disallowed two minutes from the end.

MOTORSPORT: Damien Faulkner had to be content with third place in the Indy Lights championship after finishing seventh in the final round at Fontana SuperSpeedway in California last night.

He was involved in a huge, five-car slipstreaming bunch battling for third place, who all took the chequered flag within a tenth of a second of each other. Unfortunately, Faulkner was at the tail of the group when it mattered.

The Donegal driver's English rival, Dan Wheldon, went into the final round three points behind in the duel for runner-up position. He finished the race just five hundredths of a second behind winner and newly crowned champion Townsend Bell, which was enough to clinch second place in the championship and the Rookie of the Year title.

Ireland's Steven Kane yesterday took a close second place in the opening round of the Winter Formula Ford Series at Silverstone, with his Van Diemen less than a fifth of a second behind winner Tom Gaymor, who started from pole position.

In slippery going, Ger Dwane's Falcon Mini scored a clear outright win in the first ever car event held at the Tynagh Karting track near Loughrea, organised by Galway MC.

After three runs of two laps each, he was more than five seconds ahead of the Zetec Swift of Pat Callanan, with Alan Byrne's autocross Special close behind in third place.

HANDBALL: Corkman Tony Healy, winner of the All-Ireland 40x20 singles for the past two years, retained the championship with a most impressive win over Kenneth Kane (Carlow) before a packed gallery at the O'Loughlins Club, Kilkenny, on Saturday night.

Healy, from the Ballydesmond club, is the first 40x20 champion since Duxie Walsh in 1991 to keep the title for a third consecutive year.

He now goes to Peoria, Illinois, next weekend for a major tournament on the US circuit having qualified in Atlanta a fortnight ago.

The intermediate singles final was a two-hour marathon before Ricky McCann (Antrim) edged out Mayo's Dessie Keegan by three aces in the third game.

In the U21 doubles, also a three-game thriller, Cork brothers Brendan and Niall Fleming gave their county its sixth title at this grade with victory over Terry Gainsfort and Johnny Goggins of Wexford.

SWIMMING: Emma Robinson and Julie Douglas are expected to be among those named on the Irish team for the European Short Course Championships in December when the Irish selectors pick their team next weekend, writes Chalkie White.

The two Ulster swimmers have been previously been finalists at the championships which will be held this year in Antwerp, Belgium, from December 1-16.

Robinson has also been a finalist at the world short course championships.

Also in contention for places on the team will be Ulster's top breaststroker Michael Williamson, Leinster stars Donal O'Neill and Muiris O'Riada and Muntser's top butterflier Lee Kelleher.

As part of the new Swim Ireland strategy the selectors are also expected to select a second Irish team for the Welsh Short course championships, which will be held on the same weekend as the Europeans.

This team will be selected from the national squad with swimmers like Sinead Tyrrell, Stephen Manley and Michael Kelleher all chasing spots on the team.

BOWLING: Frank Woods, Crumlin BC, was nominated by the Bowling League of Ireland for the Bowler of the Year Award at their annual prize presentation.

Woods was skip on the Crumlin triples which won the BLI Championship. He was partnered by P Cogan and D Delaney to beat CYM 17-16 in an exciting final. He was also skip on the Crumlin team which won the Open Cup and went on to again skip the successful Crurmlin trio which won the National Championships.


Glynn's brace proves vital


GALWAY champions Pearses can thank a flying two-goal start from full-forward Sharon Glynn as they retained All-Ireland Club title and the O'Carroll Cup by defeating Cashel 2-08 to 0-13 in the All-Ireland Club championship final played in Cashel.

The winners led 2-5 to 0-5 at the break.

The final moments were heart-stopping, with Clare Grogan levelling in the 34th minute.

However, Pearses' Carmel Hannon sent over the winner deep in injury-time to help the Galway side to their fourth title.

SCORERS Pearses: S Glynn 2-2, S Ward 0-2, M Glynn, V Sweeney, L Lally, S Ward, C Hannon 0-1 each. Cashel: C Grogan 0-11, P Fogarty, L Twomey 0-1 each.

Elesewhere Cork retained their Junior National League crown when they defeated Derry at the Thomas Davis grounds in Dublin by 3-14 to 4-3.

Two opening first half goals from Derry's Paula McAtamney had the Oak Leaf County ahead at the break 3-01 to 0-05.

However, the Leesiders turned on the power in the second half with three opening points from Ger Collins and Colette Desmond paving the way for victory.

SCORERS Cork: E O'Farrell 1-2, C Desmond 0-5, A Murphy 1-1, M O'Connell 1-0, G O'Connor 0-3, G Collins 0-2 and V O'Keeffe 0-1. Derry: P McAtamney 2-2, A Tohill, P Bell 1-0 each, M O'Kane 0-1.

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