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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Evans on a mission in Irish open

BADMINTON: After a run of good results, Irish No1 Scott Evans (pictured) is aiming to reclaim the men's singles title at the Carlton Irish Open, starting in Baldoyle next Wednesday.

In 2012, Evans became the first Irish men's winner in more than 25 years when he beat France's Lucas Corvee in the final. Last year, Evans went out in the quarter-finals, with Malaysian Misbun Ramden taking the title.

This year, he takes on a field that includes Denmark's Rasmus Fladberg, Tzu Wei Wang of Taipei and Yan Kit Chan of Hong Kong, as well as Finland's enigmatic Ville Lang.

In the women's singles, Ireland's Chloe Magee has a tough task with Denmark's Line Kjaersfeldt and European silver medallist Anna Thea Madsen leading the entry.

Magee lost to eventual winner Beiwen Zhang of the USA in the quarter-finals last year.

In a busy week for the Magees, Chloe will pair up with brother Sam in the mixed doubles, while Sam will play men's doubles with younger brother Joshua.

KICKBOXING: Dessie Leonard from Sligo proved the star of the Irish team at the WAKO European Championships held in Maribor, Slovenia when he took gold medals in both light continuous and point fighting in the 69kg division. Sinead Beasley was another winner when she beat Dorota Godzina of Poland to take the -55kg continuous title.

In the 74kg points final, Mark McDermott overcame a four-point deficit to beat Laszlo Gombos from Hungary for his first WAKO title. Silver medals went to Robert Hurley, Kevin White and Shauna Bannon.

In the masters' over-40 competition, Liam Dale took gold and Eamon Breslin, Louisa Hackett, Bernard Brady and Áine Coates silver.

SQUASH: At the Irish Junior Open held at Sutton LTC and ALSAA in Dublin, home players did brilliantly to take three titles.

In the M19 final, Irish No 1 Michael Craig beat Scotland's Rory Stewart for the title.

The M15 final proved an all-Irish affair when Sutton's Conor Moran beating fellow Irish international Scott Gillanders. Ireland's third winner was Denis Gilevskiy in the M13 age group.

Stephanie Ryan of Sutton made the W17 final, where she lost to Maria Gonzales Velasquez of Spain. Making the W15 final was Ellie McVeigh, who lost to Georgina Adderly of Scotland. There were good performances also from Mikey Wright (M13) and Sam Buckley (M15) who both took bronze medals and Alessia Osborne fourth in W15.

HOCKEY: With the Irish League moving into round three today, Monkstown and Pembroke are holding their own in Pool A of the men's league, while Banbridge, Lisnagarvey and Three Rock Rovers are all on eight points in Pool B. Hermes and Pegasus are sharing the lead in women's Pool A, while in Pool B, UCD and Loreto play each other today, with both sides unbeaten so far.

ADVENTURE SPORT: Team Irish AR finished 27th of 52 starters at the Adventure Racing World Championships, which took place over a 700km course in in Ecuador from November 6-18. Teams raced non-stop for the eight days, taking in the high peaks of the Andes and the sweltering heat of the Amazonian jungle.

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