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Whelan has great finish in Toronto

Triathlete Marty Whelan finished sixth overall at this past weekend’s Junior Nationals in Toronto, the fourth stop on the 2013 Triathlon Canada National Junior Series.

The 18-year-old from St. John’s cleared the sprint distance course — which includes a 750-metre swim, a 20-kilometre bike ride and 5km run — in a time of 55 minutes and 45 seconds.

Whelan, who will represent the province at the Canada Games next month in Sherbrooke, Que., wasn’t the only Newfoundlander at the Toronto Triathlon Festival. His games teammates Rebecca O’Leary and Olivia Smith finished 26th and 32nd respectively.

This was Whelan’s third race of the year and his second sixth place finish, having completed the Tri St. Andrew’s by the Sea sprint race in a time of 1:01:09 earlier this month. He was 11th at the Edmonton PATCO Triathlon Junior Pan American Cup in June.

Prior to his top 10 finish this weekend, Whelan had been ranked 18th in the country among junior men.


Daly medals at nationals

Owen Daly became the first Newfoundland swimmer in over 20 years to find the podium at a senior national swim meet when he claimed bronze in the 50-metre butterfly final at the Canadian Summer Nationals held this past weekend in Pointe-Claire, Que.

The 18-year-old swam a 24.98 — going under 25 seconds for the first time and breaking his of provincial record — and finished just .13 seconds out of first place.

Daly swam in three finals and set new provincial records in the 100m fly (55.36) and 100m freestyle (51.90), finishing sixth and seventh respectively. In the butterfly, he was four-tenths of a second out of first.

The St. John’s Legends swimmer will take part in the Canadian Age Group Championships this weekend in Montreal.


Games team whitewashes Mount Pearl

Emily Bailey scored twice as the Toyota Plaza Canada Games side blanked Mount Pearl/Electronic Centre/Molson in Breen’s Jubilee Trophy senior women’s soccer action Monday night at King George V Park.

Connie Lewis, Megan Earle, Alyssa Armstrong, Jane Pope and Jenny Tiller also netted markers for the still undefeated Games team.

League play continues Thursday night at KGV, with Feildians taking on C.B.S. Holy Cross Kirby Group at 6:30 p.m.


Kirk puts the lumber to Game On

Ryan Kirk was a perfect four-for-four with two runs scored and three batted in — two off a two-run home run — as Goulds trounced Game on Gear 13-4 in Molson St. John’s intermediate softball Monday.

At Lions Park, winner Joel Whelan (7IP, 4R, 4H, 2W, 1HBP) collected eight strikeouts, Daniel Dalton hit a three-run homer and Drew Sullivan scored once drove in a pair.

Jeremy Hickey (6IP, 9R, 11H, 2W, 10K) took the loss with Jordan Noftall (1IP, 2K) giving up four runs on four hits and a walk in relief.

Geoff Heffernan hit a two-run homer for the losers.

MJR Masonry 3, C.B.C. Junior Canadians 2

Adam Janes (7IP, 2R, 2W, 1HBP) gave up just three hits and fanned a dozen to lead MJR.

Chris Doran was two-for-three with an RBI, while Adam Janes and Matt Rogers both played singles.

Eric Healey (4IP, 3R, 3H, 1W, 1HBP, 6K) was tagged with the loss, and Johnny Doyle (2H, 5K) tossed three innings in relief.

Jeff Conway hit a solo homer for the Junior Canadians.


Vikings thrash Knights

Gerald Butt and Bernie Madden drove in three runs apiece to lead the Gonzaga Roebothan McKay Marshall Vikings to a 11-1 win over the Canada Car Care Knights in St. John’s Molson senior baseball Monday night at St. Pat’s Ball Park.

The game was called after five innings on the league’s 10-run mercy rule.

Matt Peterson (5IP, 1R, 2W, 2K) tossed a two-hitter for the win.

Shawn Beson (4IP, 9R, 6H, 3W, 2K) started and took the loss. Frankie Brien (2R, 1H, 3W) tossed the last two-thirds of an innings.

Joel Fulford and Brien, with an RBI single, had the only hits off Peterson.


Team    W    L

Gonzaga    9    3

Feildians    6    5

Shamrocks    5    4

Storm    4    4

Cross    5    5

Knights    0    8


Sparkes provides the spark for Feildians

Brad Sparkes went two-for-three, scored three times and drove in two more to lead the Feildians to a 12-3 win over the Raiders in St. John’s Molson intermediate baseball Monday at St. Pat’s Ball Park.

The game was called after six innings on league curfew.

Dave Edwards (6IP, 3R, 4H, 3W, 2K) collect the victory. Loser Cody Hayden (5R, 5H, 4W, 1K) lasted just two and a third before handing the ball over to Tyler Hennessey (2R, 2H, 1W) who gave way to Bernie Morgan (5R, 3H, 7W, 1K) for the final two innings.

Organizations: Molson, Triathlon Canada National Junior Series, Edmonton PATCO Triathlon Junior Pan Toyota Plaza Canada Games C.B.S. Holy Cross Kirby Group Canada Car Care Knights Raiders

Geographic location: Toronto, Canada, Newfoundland Pointe-Claire Montreal.JUBILEE Monday.At Lions Park Jordan

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