Thursday 24 January 2019

joshua top for autumn

BADMINTON: Junior international Joshua Magee - the youngest member of the Donegal badminton dynasty - tops the men's singles seedings at the Autumn Open in Terenure this weekend. He's expected to face Prakash Nath in the final, a player who most recently made the final at the Mount Pleasant Open, losing to Nigel Boyne. Top women's seed is Jennie King, the Mount Pleasant Open women's champion. King could make it a trio of titles this weekend - she pairs up with Sinead Chambers for the women's doubles and with Tony Murphy in the mixed doubles. In the men's doubles, Irish coach Dan Magee and Niall Tierney are favourites to win.

ROWING: All six Irish crews made it the top ten at the recent World University Champion-ships, in France. Best result came in the lightweight double sculls, where Ruth Morris of Dublin University and Orla Hayes of University of London narrowly missed out on a medal. The pair had finished second in their heat and then won the repechage to qualify for the A final, where they finished fourth. There was also a good result for Shane O'Driscoll and Gary O'Donovan of Cork Institute of Technology, who finished sixth in the lightweight men's double sculls. They led for the first 1500m in the final but lost out in the charge for the line.

BOWLS: After more than a century of hard use, the venerable bowling greens at the Blackrock club in Co Dublin are to be replaced thanks to a Sports Council grant. Although the greens are still playing relatively well - and indeed hosted the Irish women's championships a few weeks ago - they have been patched up once too often. Blackrock is one of the country's most successful bowls clubs and the women, captained by Margaret Murphy, won their 30th premier division title in 32 years this season. Indoors bowls will take place as usual over the winter months and new members, aged from seven to 70, are always welcome. Info 01-2881933 or www.blackrockbtc.ie.

VOLLEYBALL: Just back from a productive weekend of competition and training at the Gelderland Cup in Zoetermeer, Netherlands is the Irish women's squad. This steadily improving young team made quite an impression at the Europeans Small Nations tournament last June. The invitation to Zoetemeer came through Wim Roosenburg, head coach with local club Zovoc and also the Irish head coach, despite having moved back to his native Netherlands over the summer. The Irish women were the first ever national team to play in this prestigious tournament which gave Roosenburg the chance to test his players in different formations and positions.

KICK-BOXING: Irish kick-boxers took a record haul of 45 medals, 16 of them gold, at the WAKO World Junior and Cadet Championships held in Rimini, Italy. A team of 97 athletes had made the journey, with the Irish competing in five of the six disciplines - point fighting, light continuous, musical forms, kick light and full contact. Double gold medals winners were Karyna Nikitina, Colm Carroll and Dalton O'Shaughnessy in both light continuous and point fighting, and Jesse Jane McParland in open hand musical forms and weapons forms.

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