Thursday 17 January 2019

In brief: Magee magic steals show in Amsterdam

BADMINTON: Ireland finished second in their group at the European Mixed Team Championships in Amsterdam. They started their campaign with a brilliant 3-2 victory over Austria, thanks to wins in the singles by Scott Evans and Chloe Magee and by Sam Magee and Chloe Magee in the mixed doubles.

Against Slovenia, they found it easier, winning 4-1, with Sam Magee and Tony Stephenson winning their men's doubles. They then lost to England in their final group match before the knock-out stages. Finals take place tomorrow.

Goggins gets better of Murphy

SNOOKER: Rodney Goggins from 147 Wexford beat Dubliner Robert Murphy in the final of the RIBSA Irish Snooker Masters in Carlow last weekend -- the fifth ranking tournament of the season.

In an absorbing final, a number of good breaks gave Goggins the first frame. Murphy took the next two, with Goggins coming back to even the scores and then taking the next two frames to go ahead 4-2. Murphy wasn't giving up easily and won the next two to make the score 4-4 with one frame left to play in the best-of-nine match. He made 30 on his first visit to the table, but Goggins came back with a 41 break to take the match. The pair team up with Brendan O'Donoghue for the European Team Championship in Malta next month.

Aer Lingus still flying highest

VOLLEYBALL: With just three matches left, Aer Lingus are riding high on top of the women's premiership table. In their most recent match, against DVC, they dropped their first set of the season, winning 3-1. DVC and Santry are now battling it out for second place, after DVC suffered a shock defeat to a steadily improving Trinity side.

Limerick-based Munster Thunder, with just one defeat early this season, look poised to take the men's title. Ballymun Patriots must win their remaining three matches to have any chance of catching them.

Conroy crowned U17 champion

SQUASH: Sutton's David Ryan beat Munster player Philip McSweeney in the final of the boys' U15 class at the Irish Junior National Squash Championships in Galway. Sean Conroy of Leinster won the U17 title, beating Ulster's Michael Craig in the final, while UK-based Stuart Haddon was a surprise winner of the U19 title. Aisling Gerzoni, another UK-based player, had to battle hard for a five-game victory over Connacht's Fiona Power in the girls' U15 final. Leinster's Breanne Flynn won the U17 title with Jennifer Hegarty from Connacht best U19.

Hill edges out Short and McCloy

ORIENTEERING: CNOC's Colm Hill took just under two hours to win the 13.2km course at the first in a series of long orienteering events, held at Gortalughany. Close behind were Hill's team-mate Ruairi Short and Queen's runner Jonathan McCloy. Fermo orienteer Ciara Largey was seventh overall and first woman. Orienteering tomorrow is on a new map beside Lough Gowna, Co Longford. See www.orienteering.ie.

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION: Olympic rower Gearoid Towey will open an exhibition of adventure sports photography by John Shiels at the Basecamp store in Dublin's Middle Abbey Street next Wednesday (6.30).

The exhibition, which features images from sports such as mountain running, surfing, mountain biking and canoeing runs at Basecamp from February 23-26.

See www.actionphotography.ie or contact John Shiels 086- 8370966.

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