Up first Natalya Coyle and Arthur Lanigan O’Keeffe were in Tokyo for the Modern Pentathlon World Cup Final. In the Individual competitions both athletes performed extremely well in all of their events except the show-jumping. They are at the mercy of a horse they would never have ridden before and unfortunately it didn’t go well. Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe’s horse refused to jump so he could not finish the event and Natalya was having difficulties also. This left them in poor ranking positions, which was disappointing as they did as much as they could.
Such is the quality of these two athletes they picked themselves up the next day to compete together in the Relay event (non-Olympic event) and their class was evident throughout as they brought home a well-deserved Silver Medal.
Sinead Goldrick returned from injury and took her place in the Dublin team as they retained their Leinster Championship crown for the 8thyear in a row with an impressive 4-11 to 1-7 win over Westmeath. Dublin were delighted to have one of their leaders in Sinead back on the pitch, she is one of the best defenders in the country but can also be found driving forward to good effect and scored a point on Sunday. Sinead was also awarded Player of the Match on the day, which is testament to her as a player to win that on her first game back from injury.
Joy Neville is over in San Diego at the Super Series featuring 5 of the best teams in the world, NZ, England, France, Canada and the USA. Friday night saw Joy officiating the opening game between the hosts USA and England and on Tuesday evening she was on the line for the Canada v France game.
It was a great weekend for Wexford Hurling winning the Leinster Championship for the first time in 15 years, as they saw off Kilkenny 1-23 to 0-23. Mags D’Arcy has been a key member of the Wexford management team for the last two years & has brought another dimension to Wexford under the watchful eye of Davy Fitz.
Darragh Maloney and Richie Sadlier have been kept busy with RTE Sport excellent coverage of the Women’s Soccer World Cup.
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