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Sunday 22 October 2017

Bull's Eye for Byrne at Worlds

DARTS: Robyn Byrne, 17, from Blanchardstown won the Winmau World Masters Youth girls' title in Hull last week.

Byrne (right) is the first Irish girl to have won this title, beating the English phenomenon Beau Greaves in a final televised on Eurosport.

Greaves, who is only 10 years of age, had created shock waves when she stormed through the qualifiers to make the final. As for Byrne, she was clearly the one to beat having won Europe Cup singles and doubles titles last July.

In the youth boys' competition, Dean Finn from Waterford was narrowly beaten in the quarter-finals, while Ronán McDonagh from Sligo and Steven Dooney from Roscommon reached the last 16.

In the men's event, Mark Cullen from Carlow was the last Irishman standing, making the the last 32 from an entry of more than 500.

SNOOKER: Sandra Bryan made a small piece of sporting history when she won first ever Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association National Championship title at Joey's Snooker Club in Harmonstown, Dublin.

In a best-of-three frames final, Annette Newman took the opening frame despite trailing in the early stages. Bryan forged ahead in the second and evened the score at a frame apiece to force the third. In this, Bryan took a 34-point lead and knocked in the vital colours for victory.

Earlier, Bryan had survived a tough semi-final against RILSA president Margaret Browne, while Newman beat the up-and-coming Emirjeta Doda. Winning the intermediate title was Valerie Maloney.

WRESTLING: Nikolay Grozdev proved the star of the Irish Freestyle Wrestling Open in Ballymun, winning all 10 of his fights in the 74kg division. Grozdev competed in senior, junior and schools grades.

Others in good form included Soslan Tuaev and Clinton Scott. A large entry included boys and girls from the age of eight upwards as well as senior men and women from Malta, England and Northern Ireland as well as Ireland.

TABLE TENNIS: Hannah Lynch-Dawson made it a hat-trick of victories at the Connacht Open, held in Castlebar.

Lynch-Dawson was top seed in the women's draw and beat second seed Marta Zareba in the final.

In the women's doubles she paired up with Sarah Timlin for victory and, with Gavin Maguire, also won the mixed doubles.

Top seed Vladislav Agurjanovs dominated the men's singles.

VOLLEYBALL: NUIG Galway caused a major upset in the women's premier division when they beat when they beat champions DVC.

In a seesaw match that came down to a tie-breaking fifth set, the two vital points went to the Galway visitors.

It means that Naas, currently are top with comfortable wins against Tallaght Rockets and UCD.

All could change this weekend, when Naas face DVC.

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