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Sunday 20 January 2019

In brief: Ivy Rooms to lift title

SNOOKER: Q Club Wicklow are Leinster club snooker champions after beating hosts Ivy Rooms Carlow 3-1.

In closely fought semi-finals, Ivy Rooms saw off Maynooth 3-2 and Q Club beat 147 Wicklow, also 3-2. Ranking points are at stake this weekend when the Premier Cup takes place at the Ivy Rooms. Navan's Colm Gilcreest heads the table on 33 points. Two points behind are Kildare's Martin McCrudden and David Hogan from New Institute Nenagh.

Currently playing at the European U17 Championships in Malta is the Irish team of Andrew Doherty, Ross Doyle and Dylan Scully.



Glens have eye on prize

HOCKEY: Highlight of this weekend's men's Leinster League is a showdown between champions Pembroke Wanderers and Glenanne. Wanderers have looked vulnerable this season after losing many top players to overseas clubs and lost to the Glens in September. A win could put the Tallaght six in a strong potion for the league title, although YMCA, who currently top the table on goal difference, should pick up full points against bottom team Weston.

In the women's top division, table toppers Hermes play Pembroke, before facing division 2 leaders Three Rock in the second round of the Jacqui Potter Leinster Cup.



Gelderen sails to glory

WINDSURFING: Oisin van Gelderen (pictured) continues to dominate Irish windsurfing having taken the Irish Speed-sailing Championships title for 2010.

He did this by picking up points in every competition held during the year, as well as clocking some of the year's fastest GPS times at gps-speedsurfing.com.

Highlight of the year were two Irish GPS records set during a trip to wind-swept West Kirby in England, which Van Gelderen dedicated to two legends of the sport, who died during the year. Alan Harris was the founder of Surfdock, while John Kenny was a pioneer of speed racing.



Quartet cap great year

ROWING: In an encouraging year for rowing, the lightweight quad of Niall Kenny, Michael Maher, Mark O'Donovan and Justin Ryan have been named Afloat Rowers of the Year. The four took silver at the World U23 Championships. An Ireland eight was third at the World University Championships and John Keohane won the single sculls at the World Coastal Rowing Championships. Siohan McCrohan and Claire Lambe reached the 'A' Finals at World Cup and European Championship level, while the adaptive rowing crew made the World Championships A final.



Perry lands easy draw

SQUASH: Madeline Perry, seeded No2, plays a qualifier in her opening match at the Greenwich Open on January 20. Aisling Blake, who lost to Perry in the women's finals at the Irish Nationals last month, faces top seed Rachel Grinham of Australia. The pair will then move on to the Cleveland Racquet Classic. Perry has held on to No6 in the latest world rankings, while Blake has dropped a place to No25.

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