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Lifters flex muscles in cyprus tilt

WEIGHTLIFTING: A team of seven men and one woman is competing at the European Junior and U23 Championships already underway in Cyprus and continuing until next Saturday.

Competing in the junior category are Seán Ronayne (77kg), Ian Darragh (85kg), Adam Swan (85kg), Noel Fitzgibbon (94kg), Stewart Gilbert (105kg) Dan Hazley (105+).

In the U23 competition, the Irish competitors are Emma Alderdice (58kg), Barry O'Reilly (77kg), James Small (77kg) and Seán Brown (85kg).

Clarence Kennedy from Tralee won overall bronze at this competition last year - a first ever medal for Ireland.

POOL: Ireland's masters players are the country's latest world champion after beating Northern Ireland for the title at the World Blackball Pool Championships held in Perth, Scotland.

It was a first title for the Irish team, who came from 9-12 down to win 13-12.

Never before had two Irish teams progressed so far.

To make the final, Ireland beat a strong English team 13-10.

Also competing were teams from Scotland, Wales, South Africa, France, Spain, the Shetlands and Gibraltar.

Ireland's men's open team lost out out to Scotland 13-10 in the semi finals.

Also making it to the semi-finals were the U23 team and the special needs team.

In the U23 individual competition, Keith McGibney was runner-up.

SQUASH: Brian Byrne beat Michael Craig in straights games to win the men's A title at the Leinster Open held at Fitzwilliam in Dublin.

In a closely-fought women's final, Ciara Moloney took five games to get the better of Sachika Balvani with the final game going to 12-10. After a slow start, Emmanuel Victorio got the better of Rex Lloyd to win the C title, while Conor Ringland beat Bernard Hillis in the D grade decider.

TABLE TENNIS: Dundrum will host the Irish qualifier for the World Championships of Ping Pong in Dublin on Sunday, December 7.

In this version of the sport, all players use exactly the same model of hard bat - no fancy rubbers or exotic glues. Entry is capped at 64 with two places for the finals in London's 'Ally Pally' to fight for.

Gavin Maguire (left) was one of the players to make it to London last year and he loved the experience - and playing live on Sky Sports.

"Hard bat is enjoyable and exciting to play, and allows longer rallies. Anybody can play this game!" he says.

Details at irishtabletennis.com.

SNOOKER: Emirjeta Doda from the CBS Westland Row beat Laura Regan from Coláiste Chluain Meala in Tipperary to win the first U21 women's championships organised by the Republic of Ireland Ladies Snooker Association at the Ivy Rooms Carlow.

Doda, currently the No 4 ranked woman in Ireland, beat her schoolmate Faye Jameson for a place in the final. On the other side of the draw, Regan beat Englentina Doda from CBS Westland Row in the semis.

In the final, Regan pulled away in the early stages before Doda found her range and took the match. Young players from Carlow, Tipperary and Dublin competed.

Next up for all the young women players is today's Stars Academy Ladies Masters in Carlow.