Wednesday 13 December 2017

Dutch delight as Evans qualifies for the last eight before Indian sign signals early exit

BADMINTON: Scott Evans went out in the quarter-finals of the Dutch Open in Almere, losing a marathon match to Indian Anand Pawar.

Evans, was pleased with his form which saw him beating local player Saber Afif in the opening round, then Pavel Florian of the Czech Republic and finally Marcel Reuter of Germany in the last 16.

In the women's singles, Chloe Magee beat Belgian Sashina Vignes Waran in her opener but then lost to Larisa Griga of the Ukraine.

For the mixed doubles, Magee had paired up with brother Sam.

They won their first match, but lost to Russian pair Vitalij Durkin and Nina Vislova in the second round.

Railway need to get up steam at Hermes

HOCKEY: With Loreto, UCD and Hermes battling it out on top of Division 1 in the Leinster Women's League, and defending champions Railway Union struggling, this weekend's showdown between Railway Union and Hermes could prove critical.

Railway started their campaign this year with a shock loss to Bray and then had a point deducted for a registration infringement. They put all that behind them when they beat Pembroke 3-1 last weekend.

Hermes have yet to lose this season, but only beat Glenanne 3-2 a few weeks ago.

In rampant form are Loreto, who hit home four goals against Bray last weekend, and 10 against Corinthian earlier in the month.

Topping the men's table is Glenanne, who beat champions Pembroke in their opening match, but could only manage a draw against Corinthian last weekend. They play UCD on Saturday.

Getting crowded at the top in Jets stream

VOLLEYBALL: Although the Jets nominally lead the men's premier division in the national league, no one team is dominating.

Still unbeaten are the Ballymun Patriots and Aer Lingus, who both have a match in hand.

Aer Lingus face Amber Gold, a team of ex-pats based in Palmerstown, on Saturday, while Ballymun play DVC, a team yet to win a match this season.

In the women's premier division, DVC and Aer Lingus are tied on top of the table, with Trinity third on set difference.

Leading Division 1 are the Galway Girls, a team of Loughrea-based players, who are already well on the way to promotion at the end of the season. They visit Belfield to play UCD on Saturday.

Malta mission for semi stars at U17 Euros

SNOOKER: Josh Boileau, Ross Doyle, Andrew Doherty and Dylan Scully will represent Ireland at the European U17 Championships in Malta next January.

The four made the semi-finals of the U16 ranking tournament, held in CIYMS Kildare last Sunday. Doyle beat Andrew Doherty 3-1 in the final after dismissing Scully in the semi-finals.

Coming up at the weekend is the RIBSA Open at the Ivy Rooms, Carlow. This is the second senior ranking tournament of the season. Colm Gilcreest currently tops the table after beating Mario Fernandez in the season's opener.

Craig jumps in age to land Ulster Juniors

SQUASH: Ulster's Michael Craig showed his promise when he won the boys' U17 title at the Ulster Junior Open in Belfast Boat Club.

Playing in an age group above his own, Craig used speed and skill to beat Cillian Dunne 11-2 11-2 11-9.

Top seed David Ryan won the boys' U15 title. In the final, the Suttonian beat Philip McSweeney in straight sets.

In a fiercely contested boys' U19 final, Michael Stewart beat Conor O'Hare 11-7 12-10 5-11 8-11 9-11 after a few tense rallies at match point.

Another tightly contested final saw Casey Luther from Carlow defeating Stephanie Ryan from the Sutton club in Dublin in the girls' U13 final 11-5 11-9 11-9.

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