DARREN FOREMAN: Charley’s debut delight

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England’s Charley Hull claimed her first Ladies European Tour title by beating France’s Gwladys Nocera in a play-off for the Lalla Meryem Cup.

Hull, who celebrates her 18th birthday this week, carded a stunning closing round of 62 to come from five strokes behind to tie on 15 under par.

She is destined for great things.

Ireland held on against the French in a gripping finale to win the Six Nations trophy.

Things hung in the balance into the final minutes but a stray forward pass, resulting in a disallowed try, cost France dear and ultimately also cost England the title.

Congratulations must go to the Irish in a fitting end for Brian O’Driscoll.

What a player and ambassador he has been for Ireland and the British Lions as a player and captain.

The game at the KC Stadium at Saturday lunchtime involving the two ‘Citys’, not the Tigers, contained an unsavoury incident involving goalkeeper Joe Hart and Hull forward George Boyd .

The latter fell over Hart’s leg, and the England keeper reacted rashly and angrily to the dive .

During slow motion replays the former Stevenage star Boyd appears to spit at Hart which really is the lowest of the low.

Steve Bruce has been defending Boyd by declaring it was an accident which I hope is the case.

I think it’s something the FA will look very closely at.

Congratulations to Scarborough RUFC who made it to the Yorkshire Shield final in a nail biting match at Selby.

Next time lads can you make it a bit less exciting though!


The Irish rugby union team and Brian O’Driscoll.


“The club is disappointed with the timing of yesterday’s announcement made by The FA. We feel we have been prejudiced right from the outset.”

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