Loreto take over at the top
At this stage last season in the EY Hockey League three of the top four spots already looked decided, UCD, Cork Harlequins and Pegasus putting some distance between themselves and the chasing pack.
This time around, however, it’s looking a whole lot more competitive, just four points separating first and sixth after the weekend’s games.
Pegasus losing for the first time in the new campaign and the teams in third and fourth, UCD and Belfast Harlequins, drawing yesterday has tightened the contest, Loreto taking over as leaders on goal difference from Pegasus after a fine 2-0 win over the Belfast side with goals from Hannah Matthews and Ali Meeke. Golf Correspondent, in Antalya, Turkey That old gag about pressure being only found in tyres was no laughing matter for those in the cut and thrust of the final round of the Turkish Airlines Open, as Justin Rose – who returned to world number one – out-dueled Haotong Li in a play-off where the Chinaman’s frailty with the putter was exposed with a three-putt from 10 feet at the first extra hole to effectively hand the title to the Englishman.
Rose wasn’t immune from fraying nerves himself, as – leading by a stroke playing the 17th – he had also three-putted the penultimate hole. And, again, on the 18th in regulation, Rose suffered another bogey (after his approach found a greenside bunker) while Li’s torment came by way for a three-putt bogey