Tuesday 22 January 2019

In brief: Evans and Magee on top for Lisburn

BADMINTON: Scott Evans and Chloe Magee are top seeds for the singles at this weekend's National Championships in Lisburn.

Evans had a bye into today's quarter-finals. Chloe Magee goes directly into the semi-finals, and should face Jennie King in the final, although there are a few dangerous 'floaters' in the draw like Sinead Chambers and Laura Butler. Out injured is Leinster's Karen Bing.

Chambers and King are top seeds for the women's doubles, but will face a tough challenge from Fiona and Pauline Glennon.

In the men's doubles, brothers Sam and Dan Magee are seeded to face each other across the net in the final. Sam has paired up with Toby Stephenson and Dan with Niall Tierney.

Sam and Chloe Magee are favourites to win the mixed doubles, with Dan Magee and Fiona Glennon seeded No2.

Perry falls to Massaro in semis

SQUASH: Irish No1 Madeline Perry went out in the semi-finals of the Cleveland Classic in Ohio losing in 52 minutes to old rival Laura Massaro of England, who had earlier dispatched the world No2, England's Laura Duncalf.

Massaro edged the first two games, targeting Perry's trademark backhand volley to great effect. Perry, the world No6, pulled back the third set, but could not stop the in-form Massaro from wrapping up the match in the fourth.

Celbridge put title on the line

SNOOKER: Celbridge snooker club are aiming to defend their All-Ireland Club title at the Gleneagles Hotel, Killarney this weekend. The Kildare club is top seed in Group A and has players like TJ Dowling, Nigel Power, Phil Arnold and Alen Matic on its roster. Leading Group B is a strong team from New Institute, Nenagh, winners of the Munster title last week. New Institute can call on players of the calibre of David Hogan and Brendan O'Donoghue. QE 1, who lost to Celbridge in last year's final, lead Group C, while Q Club Wicklow are expected to emerge from Group D.

Thunder favourite for league

VOLLEYBALL: After a narrow 3-1 victory over former champions the Jets last weekend, Munster Thunder are favourites to win the men's premiership. Despite the new name, the team's form is well known, with many members drawn from the Cork side that won the premiership two years ago. They now face UCD at home next weekend in Limerick.

Ballymum Patriots remain second on the table, beating rock bottom DVC last weekend. Former champions Aer Lingus are in trouble after losing 2-3 to Amber Coast.

In the women's premiership, the Aer Lingus woman are still unbeaten, dismissing Naas Cobras comfortably last weekend. Second placed DVC dropped valuable points when they lost 3-1 to Trinity and now face Aer Lingus next weekend in a match that could decide the title. Highlight of this weekend's activities is the annual UCD Blitz in Belfield, with teams entered from all over the country and abroad.

Wheelworx spin around again

DUATHLON: Coming up on Sunday week is the second in this year's Naas Wheelworx duathlon at Punchestown Racecourse -- a perfect introduction to the sport for novices and a good work out for the more experienced.

A total of 230 turned out for the first round a fortnight ago, with Bjorn Ludick first home, thanks to a superfast 20km bike stage. Paul Carroll, who has led on the first 3.5km run, held on for second place.

Former winner Bronagh Ni Bhriain also used the bike stage to good effect, coming home first woman ahead of Eilis Connery and Tara Whyte. Full details of next Sunday's race at www.naastriathlonclub.com.

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