Morning Sports Update

ROWING

Gary & Paul O’Donovan are world champions after they claimed gold in the men’s lightweight double sculls in Bulgaria this morning

The Skibereen brothers qualified third from their semi final but there was no such drama in the final as they took control with 500m to go and came home comfortably in front of the Italian pair in second.


Emily Hegarty and Aifric Keogh struggled in the women’s pair medal race finishing in 6th place

This lunchtime, Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll in the ‘C’ final of the men’s heavyweight pairs while Aoife and Denise Walsh have their women’s lightweight double sculls ‘C’ final.

RACING

Roaring Lion, the mount of Kerry jockey Oisin Murphy, will be bidding for his third Group 1 victory of the current campaign today.

He faces seven rivals in the Group 1 QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, at 6.35.

Roaring Lion clashes again with Aidan O’Brien’s Saxon Warrior.

Alpha Centauri is the star attraction at the venue today.

Jessica Harrington’s superstar filly heads a seven-strong field for the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes at 5.25.

Harrington’s been delighted with Alpha Centauri’s form this season

Racing gets underway at 3.20, with the going good to firm.

RUGBY

Joey Carbery’s scored his first try for Munster in their bonus-point 49-13 win over the Ospreys in rugby’s Guinness Pro-14.

Rhys Marshall ran over two tries with James Cronin and Arno Botha also crossing the white-wash in Cork.

Connacht lost 17-10 at Edinburgh – Niyi Adeolokun got the try for the Westerners.

Leinster look to get their Guinness Pro14 rugby campaign back on track this evening.

Having lost at Scarlets last weekend, the defending champions host Bernard Jackman’s new-look Dragons at the R-D-S at a quarter-past-five.

Johnny Sexton skippers the Blues from out-half with fellow Irish internationals Garry Ringrose, James Ryan, Rob Kearney and Josh van der Flier also in to start.

SOCCER

Liverpool aim to win their first five games of the season in the Premier League era for the first-time later.

The table topping Reds go to Wembley to face fellow high-flyers Tottenham in the lunch-time game at half-twelve.

Spurs are without injured midfielder Dele Alli while their captain Hugo Lloris is still sidelined with a thigh problem.

In the 3pm kick-offs, defending champions Manchester City host Fulham, Arsenal go to Newcastle, Huddersfield take on Crystal Palace and Bournemouth are at home to Leicester.

The evening game sees Watford look to continue their 100 per cent start when they take on Manchester United at Vicarage Road.

There’s one game in the S-S-E Airtricity League Premier Division this evening with Sligo Rovers host St Pat’s at the Showgrounds at a quarter-to-eight.

Cork City have suffered another blow in the defence of their S-S-E Airtricity League Premier Division title.

John Caulfield’s side have lost 4-2 to Bohemians at Dalymount Park.

The defeat leaves Cork six-points behind Dundalk with the Lilywhites also having a game in hand.

Third-place Shamrock Rovers maintained their drive for European football with a 5-nil victory against Limerick while Waterford enjoyed a 2-nil win over Bray.

U-C-D are heading back to the Premier Division for 2019.

The students have secured the First Division title with a one-all draw against Finn Harps at Belfield.

Drogheda won 2-1 against Longford, it was 1-all between Galway and Wexford and in the game between Cabinteely and Shelbourne.

Scottish Premiership holders Celtic have been held to a nil-nil draw at St Mirren.

It finished 1-all between Birmingham and West Brom in the SkyBet Championship.

GOLF

Padraig Harrington’s four-under par heading into today’s third round at golf’s K-L-M Open.

The three-time major winner is eight strokes behind half-way leader Ashun Wu of China.

Jonathan Thompson leads the chase at nine-under.

ATHLETICS

A new name and logo have been unveiled for the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the island of Ireland with a name change from The Olympic Council of Ireland to Olympic Federation of Ireland. A modernised Olympic crest will also be sported by the Team Ireland athletes for the first time at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires next month.

The new identity for Olympic Federation of Ireland falls at the halfway mark between the Summer Games. “This is a good juncture for us to launch our new identity,” explains CEO Peter Sherrard, “We are just under two years out from Tokyo 2020 and we are currently planning a range of initiatives with partners and sponsors to help support the athletes of Team Ireland in the build-up.”

The new logo was designed by the creative agency, Atomic Sport, with the aim of developing an identity within the IOC guidelines, that would be worn with pride, and in keeping with the rich history of this iconic brand.

One of the guiding principles behind the logo design was also the need to modernise the Olympic crest to make it suitable and effective on an increasing number of digital platforms.

Another consideration was the importance of creating something that had a connection to the history of the Irish Olympic movement. The inspiration for the crest shape stemmed from the Irish Olympic team kit worn around the time of Ronnie Delany’s gold medal in the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, one of the country’s greatest ever Olympic moments.

The importance of a strong logo for athletes were reflected in the design. Director of Atomic Sport, Patrick Murphy points out, “we also wanted to ensure that we created a logo that would sit proudly on the athletes’ team kit as a badge of honour to acknowledge their achievements and efforts.”

The Olympic Federation of Ireland today named a squad of 16 athletes from 9 sports, to compete at the Summer Youth Olympic Games in October in Buenos Aires. Competition runs from October 6 to October 18 featuring over 4,000 athletes and over 32 sports. This will be the first outing for Team Ireland since the unveiling of the new logo and name.

This will be the third edition of the Youth Olympic Games which are hosted every four years. The Games provide invaluable Olympic experience and competition for talented junior athletes aged 15 to 18 from over 200 countries around the world.

The event replicates many features of the Summer Olympic Games with a fully maintained Athletes’ Village. In recognition of the role the games play in the development of future athletes, the Youth Olympic Games also integrates a Culture and Education programme.

The team of 5 male athletes and 11 female athletes includes Nhat Nguyen (Badminton) and Mona McSharry (Swimming), recipients of Olympic Solidarity Scholarships which were awarded to assist with qualification and preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

TEAM
Athletics
Miriam Daly (400m Hurdles), Sophie Meredith (Long Jump), Miranda Tcheutchoua (Hammer)

Badminton
Nhat Nguyen (Men’s Singles)

Boxing
Dean Clancy (Men’s Flyweight), Lauren Kelly (Middleweight), Dearbhla Rooney (Bantamweight)

Diving
Tanya Watson (10m Platform)

Karate
Sean McCarthy Crean (+68kg)

Golf
Lauren Crowley Walsh (Women’s Individual, Mixed Team), David Kitt (Men’s Individual, Mixed Team)

Gymnastics
Emma Slevin (Women’s Artistic Programme)

Swimming
Niamh Coyne (50, 100, 200 breaststroke), Mona McSharry (50, 100, 200 breaststroke, 50 freestyle), Robert Powell (50, 100 freestyle, 50 butterfly)

Tennis
Georgia Drummy (Women’s Singles)

MOTORSPORT

This weekend is the penultimate weekend of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship. The Clare Stages Rally takes place in Ennis it its environs as the championship battle hots up.

In the International category, Joseph McGonigle leads the championship, but has decided not to take part in this weekend event. That leaves Declan Boyle in his Ford Fiesta R5 in a very strong position heading into this event. Boyle scored no points at the rescheduled Sligo Rally so a win in Clare would put him top of the championship and leave McGonigle with a huge mountain to climb in the final round in Donegal next month.

Josh Moffett is another driver that you can never rule out. Although he can still mathematically still win the championship, it would look like Josh will use this event as a warm up to the Cork 20 next month, where he hopes to win the Irish Tarmac Championship on its final round. Other championship participants Roy White and Darragh O Riordan, as well as winner of last year’s rally Daniel Cronin are among the 122 strong entry list.

A total of 9 stages, 3 loops of 3 stages. Competitors might come across a familiar sight on stages 1, 4 and 7, as the crews hit a long straight passed the famous Father Teds house. It is sure to be a sight to behold for spectators and rally participants alike. With stormy conditions forecast for this weekend, the penultimate round of the National Rally Championship is surely one not to be missed.