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Thursday 14 December 2017

Bundoran's Travers blows rivals out of the water to clinch Lahinch U16 opener Leinster suffer narrow loss but net play-off spot Dillon prevails in tit-for-tat Kingscourt thriller Hutchieson makes waves as volunteer of year Butler and Shaw call end to international careers

SURFING: Bundoran's Iarom Travers used his experience and flair to dominate the U16 boys open clash at the opening round of the C-Skins West Coast Junior Surfing Championships in Lahinch, Co Clare.

The event was the first round of the new-look Irish Junior Tour, with rounds to come in Tramore, Bundoran and Rossnowlagh. It was also a selection event for the European Junior Championships in Portugal next May. Winning the U18 boys title was Aaron Reid from Sligo, and best of the U14 boys was Sligo's Gearoid McDaid.

Several new faces from Cork, Clare and Waterford turned out for the girls U18 open, although it was Niamh Kelly from Strandhill who finished first. In the U18 girls bodyboard, newcomer Rachel Cahalan from Cork took an unexpected win. Craig Butler, Tramore was a convincing U18 longboard winner.

The event, hosted by West Coast Surf Club, was the first held under the Irish Surfing Association Green Events policy.



Leinster suffer narrow loss but net play-off spot

BADMINTON: Although they narrowly lost 7-8 to Wiltshire in their second match on Sunday, a 9-6 victory on Saturday was enough to see Leinster safely through to the play-offs of the English Inter-Country League division 1.

Promotion now depends on a series of play-off matches in early May with two teams moving up.

On the international circuit, Irish No1 Scott Evans beat Marcel Reuter of Germany in a tough three setter at the Yonex German Open. He then went out in the second round to another German, Marc Zwiebler, currently world ranked No16.

Irish No1 woman player Chloe Magee got to the quarter-finals of the Croatian Open in Zagreb before going out to Japan's Kana Ita.

In the mixed doubles Magee, with brother Sam, went out in the semi-finals, while in the men's doubles Sam Magee and Tony Stephenson lost in the opening round.



Dillon prevails in tit-for-tat Kingscourt thriller

RACQUETBALL: Roared on by his home crowd, Joe Dillon of Kingscourt beat Sean Keane from Fermoy to win the men's singles title at the Irish Racquetball Championships in Kingscourt, Co Cavan.

In one of the closest finals ever, never more than two points separated the pair. In the end, Dillon got the match winner on his fourth attempt, winning 14-15, 15-14, 11-10.

Clodagh McManamon took over from her twin sister Ciara as women's champion, beating her Newport club-mate Donna Ryder 2-1. Ray Breen of Arklow won both the men's novice and D singles. Fethard's Niall Nevin won men's C, while local player Ruardhi O'Rourke took men's B. Castlebar's Majella Haverty won women's B and Templederry's Elaine Murphy the novice title.



Hutchieson makes waves as volunteer of year

SAILING: Ron Hutchieson, nominated by the Irish Laser Class Association, was announced as the Irish Sailing Association's Volunteer of the Year at the annual awards dinner in Kildare. Tom MacSweeney was presented with the ISA President's Award in recognition of his services to sport. Youth Sailor of the Year was Philip Doran, who is the U17 Laser Radial world champion.

Also nominated was Finn Lynch, second at the Topper World Championship. The Around Ireland Offshore Powerboat Trophy went to Philip Fitzgibbon, who along with Michael Shanaghan set a new record of 18 hours 36 minutes 40 seconds on October 16.



Butler and Shaw call end to international careers

HOCKEY: Stephen Butler and Graham Shaw, two of Ireland's best-known hockey players, have retired from the international game. Butler, Ireland's most capped player ever with 163 caps, first played for Ireland aged 19 in 1999 and quickly became the team's drag-flick specialist, scoring a record 79 goals.

Shaw collected the first of his 151 caps in 2002 and developed a reputation for his uncompromising attitude on the pitch.

The pair will continue to turn out for their club Glenanne.

Pick of Sunday's All-Ireland Women's League final round sees defending champions Loreto facing old rivals Hermes.

In other matches, Pegasus plays Randalstown, while Railway Union face Pembroke.

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