SPORTS SHORTS

•Tuam All Stars Gymnastic club members Amy Egan and Stephanie Gilmore, coached by Fionnuala Dooley Duffy, enjoyed success at the Celtic Cup in Cardiff when winning a bronze medal. Tuam All Stars is taking new members in September. Previous experience not required. Minium age five; no maxium age. For further information telephone 087-6521075

•Regulars RhoCoDar, That’s Life, Now What, and Sabrina, stormbound in Clifden, missed the final race of the Alpha Romeo Late Summer Series at Galway Bay Sailing Club. And it proved a costly one with final race honours up for grabs. The dispossessed RhoCoDar crew with Tommy Furey as skipper sailed Sandrine, and kept Laught under pressure the whole way around the course as she led class two. In Class 1 Catalpa got off to a poor start, but with good boat speed early on they were first past Dilisk. Despite having to bear away to avoid AWOL Catalpa had good rounding of marks and maintained the lead for the rest of the race. Joie de Vie had a reasonably good start, but dropped back halfway to first mark and did not regain ground. Both Class 2 ECHO and IRC results had AWOL third, Joie de Vie second, and Catalpa first. In Class 1 on IRC Thataway claimed third, while Tommy Furey of RhoDoCar did Ian Conboy’s Sandrine proud by claiming second. Laught claimed both first positions for the race.

•Riders from the west of Ireland performed superbly at the National Championships in Mullingar. In the young horse riders’ section, there was a clean sweep for Connacht competitors with Michael Duffy from Turloughmore leading the way by winning Sunday’s 1.30 metre Young Riders’ class with rapid clear on Sligo Saddlery Killard Horizon. Connacht’s greatest success of the weekend came in the pony section where the 148cms grade team won the Gurteen Team Competition, beating off stiff competition from the leading pony riders from the other three provinces. The Connacht team was made up of Michael Duffy from Annaghdown, Cian Melia from Bushy Park, Kate McDonagh from Craughwell, and Headford’s Jessica Lee. In the second round, two brilliant clears from Duffy on Gas Man and Melia, who also won the 148cms individual class, put Connacht in pole position and McDonagh’s round of just four faults confirmed victory over the other three provinces.

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