Sunday 24 September 2017

Magee eyes joy of six

BADMINTON: Olympic hopefuls Chloe Magee and Scott Evans top the seedings for next weekend's Irish National Championships in Baldoyle. Magee, going for her sixth national title, has already booked her place on the London 2012 team, while Evans has yet to qualify.

Chloe and Sam Magee, who have an outside chance of qualifying for the mixed doubles at the Olympics, defend their title for a fifth time.

In the men's doubles, Sam Magee and Raphoe's Ian McBeth are likely to face Dan Magee and Niall Tierney in the final, while Sinead Chambers and Jennie King will defend their women's doubles title.

As a warm-up for the Irish Nationals, Tony Stephenson beat fellow Lisburn player Scott Burnside to win the men's singles at the Leinster Open in Dublin's Whitehall Road.

In a Lisburn double, 15-year-old Alannah Stephenson beat top seed Jennie King to take the women's singles.

Mount Pleasant pair Dan Magee and Niall Tierney took a third consecutive title in the men's doubles, beating Tony Stephenson and Tony Murphy of Lisburn. Winning the women's doubles were defending champs Pauline and Fiona Glennon. Pauline Glennon and Eddie Cousins won the mixed.

Voss and White were eventually crowned champions after a tense final round robin between the top eight players.

Kiersey won the over-60 men's title, while Doyle prevailed in the 20-to-30 age group. Others to swim included Tom Healy and Rachel Lee of Dublin Fire Brigade and Ann McAdam.

TABLE TENNIS: More than 100 young players got a packed day of play at the latest round of the Stiga Challenger Series in Belfield. After the initial grading matches, Eoghan Whelan of Ballyroan beat Rathdowney's John Mansfield in the Division 1 final. In Division 2, James O'Connor of Blackrock took the title, beating Jessie Hayes of Mountrath. Ian Manley of St Tiernan's won Division 3 and Derek Mullholland of Raven Division 4.

KICKBOXING: Three times world champion Barbara Delaney heads the bill at an all-female 'Night of the Knockouts' kickboxing show in the Artane Beaumont FRC next Saturday (February 4, 8.0). Delaney takes on Ana Roxo from Portugal for the WIMMAAO and WKL full contact world titles.

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