Saturday 17 March 2018

Daniels magic on Open view for all at Citywest

KICKBOXING: More than 2,300 kickboxers from 21 nations are in action at the Irish Open in Citywest which started with preliminary rounds in a number of divisions yesterday and concludes tomorrow.

After modest beginnings in 1995, the Irish Open has become one of the largest tournaments in the world. This year, it has seen a 15pc increase in numbers -- testament to the hard work put in by former world champion Roy Baker and his team of dedicated volunteers.

Who will take Raymond Daniels on this year? After eliminators in the three disciplines of light, semi and full contact, a "Night of Champions" show takes place tonight (8pm). Tomorrow, the battle for the title of Grand Champion begins with elimination rounds for men and women from 3pm and the finals at 7pm. Spectators are welcome. The event is run in aid of the ISPCC.

HOCKEY: In just a week's time, the Irish men's team begin their campaign to win selection for the London Olympics.

Although the Green Machine has home advantage at the National Stadium in UCD, they still must beat strong teams from Russia, Ukraine, Korea, Chile and Malaysia. First up are Russia and Ukraine next weekend.

Tickets are already becoming scarce; see www.hockey.ie; email tickets@hockey.ie or call 01-7163262.

SNOOKER: Victory for Brendan O'Donoghue of New Institute Nenagh in snooker's sixth ranking tournament this week could see him displace Rodney Goggins of 147 Wexford at the top of the ranking table.

O'Donoghue won the last tournament, while Goggins was knocked out in the semi-finals. However, Goggins has been Mr Consistency all season winning the first tournament and making it at least as far as the semi-finals in the four tournaments since then.

Also in contention is Vincent Muldoon of Maynooth.

BADMINTON: No luck for the Irish at the Yonex German Open Grand Prix Gold tournament -- a top-ranked tournament with the world's best in attendance. Only the mixed doubles pairing of Chloe and Sam Magee, world ranked 40, made it into the main draw, where they lost in the first round.

Going out in the opening rounds of qualification were Chloe Magee and, Scott Evans, who is battling injury, and Sam Magee with his Danish partner Mikkel Elbjorn.

NETBALL: UCD's women dominated the Irish University Championships, beating host college Queen's University 29-10 in the final.

The UCD women had an unbeaten run in the round robin stages and were fresher than their opponents, although they had a nervy show-down with Jordanstown in the semis.

The Player of the Tournament award went to UCD's goal attack Nicole Crockford. Next up for UCD are the semi-finals and finals of the Netball Ireland Winter League.

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