Huge congratulations to Arthur Lanigan O’Keeffe on claiming Ireland’s first ever Modern Pentathlon World Cup gold medal in Sofia on Saturday afternoon. Two time Olympian (2012 & 2016) Lanigan O’Keeffe was in third place after the fencing & swimming legs, but took the lead following the horse riding. He required a first place finish in the final combined shoot & run discipline (the ‘laser-run’) to assure the gold medal & he duly obliged for his historic win.
In his final match for the province, Isa Nacewa led Leinster out in the Guinness Pro14 Final against the Champions Llanelli Scarlets. And despite Isa only lasting 18 minutes on the pitch, it was to be a fitting send-off for the Leinster legend as they became the first Pro14 team to win both the Chamions Cup & the League in the same season.
In a thrilling match, with some stunning tries, Garry Ringrose & Rhys Ruddock started alongside Nacewa, both putting in huge shifts. Leinster’s front row was bolstered in the 59th minute as both James Tracy & Andrew Porter came on & Jordi Murphy (another Leinster stalwart making his final appearance for the province) came off the bench to see out the last 15 minutes.
Two late tries from the Scarlets padded the final 40-32 scoreboard for them somewhat, with the game effectively over in the 70th minute when Leinster scored their 5th try to go 40-18 up.
The ever-busy Joy Neville had another eventful week as she was honoured with a civic reception by Limerick County Council on Wednesday, received a Top 40 Under 40 Award on Friday night & was reffing at the Dublin 7’s festival on Saturday also.
Finally the Wexford hurlers racked up an impressive, high-scoring win against Offaly with a 5-24 to 2-9 demolition of the Faithful County, with Mags D’Arcy being heavily involved in the Yellowbellies’ coaching set-up.
Congratulations to all!