Sunday 20 January 2019

In brief: Evans and Magee to lead Ireland against England

BADMINTON: A strong Irish team led by Scott Evans and Chloe Magee takes on England for the first time in over 30 years in the group stages of the European Mixed Team Championships in Amsterdam next week.

Also in Ireland's group are Slovenia and Austria.

Making up the Irish team are Sam Magee, Tony Stephenson, Sinead Chambers and Jennie King.

They all warmed up for the tournament with solid wins at the Irish Senior Badminton National Championships in Lisburn.

Evans claimed his sixth national title when he beat Tony Stephenson in the men's final, while Magee got the better of Sinead Chambers for her fifth title.

Chambers teamed up with comeback kid Jennie King for the women's doubles and they beat Pam Peard and Kendo Ho to the prize.

The men's doubles title went to the Denmark-based duo of Sam Magee and Tony Stephenson, while taking the mixed title for a fifth time were Sam and Chloe Magee.

Van Gelderen in fourth with record

WINDSURFING: Windsurfer Oisin van Gelderen used last week's high winds to his advantage when he set a new Irish GPS speedsailing record in the seas off Dungarvan.

Van Gelderen's peak speed was 46.32 knots (84 kmph). Over 500m, he averaged 43.96knots, while in 10 seconds he covered 270 metres and hit a speed of 45.02 knots.

This puts him fourth overall on the 2011 GPS speed ranking list, and 23rd overall in the all-time rankings.

PB helps Natalya to fifth in Hungary

MODERN PENTATHLON: A visit to the Hungarian Indoors Championships proved worthwhile for the Irish modern Pentathlon team. Natalya Coyle finished fifth in the women's competition, with Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe 11th and Eanna Bailey 19th in the Men's event.

A brilliant result in the combined laser pistol shooting and running event pushed Coyle from ninth to fifth position. Also encouraging was her personal best time for the swim. Eanna dominated his heat and posted his fastest time of the season at 2:02.66 (1,328 penthlon points).

Both Lanigan-O'Keeffe and Bailey showed improved form in the fencing, always a weak event for the Irish, and picked up places in the shooting and running combined event.

Next up for the trio is the opening World Cup event of the season, starting on February 24 in Palm Springs, USA.

Irish pip Czechs to team title in C1

CANOEING: A visiting group of Czech paddlers put it up to the locals at the Inny Classic wildwater race near Ballymahon Co Longford. In perfect conditions, former Irish resident Lukas Novosad won the men's C1 class with a time of 13 minutes 18 seconds. Compatriot Tomas Kejklicek was 11 seconds behind for second, with Ireland's Keith McGuirk third in 13 minutes 53 seconds. Wildwater's Conor Healy finished sixth. McGuirk and Healy then combined with the veteran Tadhg MacIntyre to win the C1 team competition, beating the Czechs by a single second.

Leinster sides dominate in Tallaght

HOCKEY: Qualification rounds are already underway at National Indoor Hockey Trophy Finals in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, Dublin.

Six men and six women's teams have made this stage of the competition, with Leinster teams dominating the men's competition. Tipped to make tomorrow's semi-finals and finals are teams from Pembroke Wanderers, Glenanne, Monkstown and Railway Union, although Three Rock Rovers and YMCA are also in with a chance.

Galway are traditionally strong and take on Armagh and Old Alexandra in the group stages. In the other group, Glenanne, Railway Union and Trinity will battle it out.

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