Saturday 16 December 2017

Heroic efforts come to nothing in France

RUGBY LEAGUE: Ireland lost to France in the opening round of rugby league's European Cup at Avignon. Before a crowd of over 14,000, the Irish took an early lead through a Sean Hesketh try, with Greg McNally converting. With 12 minutes on the clock, the French had equalised. They dominated the rest of the half, despite heroic efforts by the Irish, with both John Gillam and Jamie O'Callaghan scoring tries to leave the half-time score at 24-14.

The French then moved up a gear and, with the score at 48-14 with only 10 minutes left, it was looking bleak for Ireland. To their credit they continued to push the French and were rewarded by a second try for Gillam and one for McNally. Liam Finn added the conversion to leave the score 48-18 before France's Olivier Elima scored his third and fourth tries of the match. The final score was 58-24.

Jets ensure season is taking off as usual

VOLLEYBALL: With the first salvos fired in this year's Irish volleyball League, the men's premier division table has a familiar look about it. Sharing the lead are the Alsaa-based teams, Aer Lingus and Jets.

Both teams had epic weekend matches. New team EuropWYD stretched the Jets hard, winning the first set 28-26 and then only losing the next three 26-28, 23-25, 20-25. Even closer was the match between Aer Lingus and UCD that went to a tie-breaking fifth set.

Emerging victorious from their matches in the women's premier division were defending champions Aer Lingus, Santry, DVC and Trinity, who were very lucky to beat Munster Thunder in a five-set marathon.

Tuaev storms to win as Scott succeeds too

WRESTLING: Soslan Tuaev convincingly won the boys' cadet title at the Irish Open Wrestling Championships at the Oscar Traynor Centre in Coolock Dublin. In all, 21 weight categories were contested.

Clinton Scott of Hercules successfully defended his boys' U15 title, beating Justin Haughey in a feisty match that came down to the final minute of the third round. Also showing good form were Caoimhe Smyth, Toni Edgar, Jenny Kitson, Helen Corpus and Rhianna Costelloe in the girls' classes.

Marathon effort ends in disappointment

SQUASH: A disappointed Madeline Perry went out in the quarter-finals of the women's squash singles at the Commonwealth Games when she lost to Australian Kasey Brown in a marathon match. In the doubles, Perry paired up with Zoe Barr to win one of their three matches.

Slattery and McGlone share out crowns

TABLE TENNIS: Meadhbh Slattery, who currently tops the Irish junior rankings, won the junior girls' title at the Leinster Junior Classification tournament held in DCU. Slattery finished ahead of Katie McGlone and her sister Elayna. At cadet level, Katie McGlone came out on top, ahead of Slattery with Elayna third. Shi Zhao Li won both junior and cadet events. In the junior grade, he finished ahead of Matt Finlay and Will Gallagher, while in the cadet competition, Ciaran Kelly and Kevin Hutchinson finished second and third.

Noble return for Gavin who finishes 8th

TRIATHLON: Gavin Noble finished a fighting eighth at the World Cup Triathlon in Huatulco, Mexico. Noble, back racing after a long injury break, was in the leading group after the swim, and with the second group on the cycle. Winner Javier was also in this group, and pulled into the lead on the 10k run to finish in 1 hr 49 mins 8 secs. Noble finished in 1:50.40. Unfortunately Emma Davis crashed on the cycle and needed stitches to her chin.

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