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In brief: Ryan survives scare to lift prestigious U15 title

SQUASH: Sutton's David Ryan won the boys' U15 title at the French Junior Open Championship, one of the most prestigious Super Series squash events in the European season.

In the final, he faced Mason Ripka of France. He won the first set 11/2 very quickly, but had to fight hard for the second, only shading it 12/10. In the third, Ripka fought back to 8/10, and only after two epic rallies did the young Dubliner come through for victory.

Of the other Irish in action, Stephanie Ryan, sister of David, made the U13 semi-finals, while Nikita Gilevskiy lost in his second round U15 match.

Irish no1 Murphy to defend trophy at Alsaa

TABLE TENNIS: UCD's John Murphy will defend his men's singles title at next weekend's Butterfly National Senior Table Tennis Championships in the Alsaa, Dublin Airport.

In last year's final, Murphy beat rising star Paul McCreery for his third national title. Murphy currently tops the Irish rankings, ahead of Ulster pair Ashley Robinson and Peter Graham.

In the women's draw, Ulster's Ashley Givan, aged just 15, became the youngest ever winner of the title when she beat Rebecca Kenny in last year's final.

Givan will again be the player to beat after winning the women's title at last weekend's Fermanagh Open.

Team of 16 will fight it out in Wellington

TAEKWONDO: An Irish team of 16 competes at the World Taekwondo Championships in Wellington, New Zealand next week.

Last year the Irish team finished fifth at the European Championships, coming home with 14 medals.

Making up the Irish senior men's team are Stephen Ryan, Hong Keet Looi, Alan McDonagh, John Moffitt, Stephen Smullen and Paul King.

The junior squad includes Dylan Connolly, Dylan Fitzgibbon, Sean Keogh-Grincella, Adam Shelly and Jamie Williams who, at 15, is the youngest member of the team. Women selected are Louise McCagh, Chloe Aboud, Nicole Butler, Katy Laffan and Sarah Lehane. They will compete only in the individual competitions.

Pleasant pull off senior and junior double

BADMINTON: Dublin club Mount Pleasant won both the Irish Senior and the Irish Junior Cup titles in Galway. In the senior final, the Ranelagh-based club beat Alpha from Lisburn 4-2. Making up the senior team were Owen Marron, Eddie Cousins,Niall Tierney, Dan Magee, Pauline Glennon, Jennie King, and Laura Butler.

In the junior competition, Mount Pleasant finished ahead of two teams from Alpha, with Baldoyle-based Kadca in fourth place.

Aer Lingus aim to soar past DVC into semis

VOLLEYBALL: With the Association Cup well underway, defending champions Aer Lingus are hoping to book their place in the women's semi-finals when they travel to Clondalkin to play DVC tomorrow. Aer Lingus beat Division 1 side Galway Girls 3-0 in the first round. DVC had a tougher time of it against Santry, recovering from two sets down to win 3-2.

UCD favourites to beat Wanderers to final

HOCKEY: After knocking out defending champions Old Alexandra in the quarter-finals, Pembroke Wanderers face UCD in a Jacqui Potter Leinster Cup semi-final tomorrow.

Cup specialists UCD are marginal favourites to win after a golden goal victory over Cork Harlequins in the ESB Irish Senior Cup quarter-finals.

DUATHLON: Rich Brady and Aoife O'Connor (58.01) won last weekend's Fingal Tri Club Duathlon at Ring Commons. Brady held back on the first 2.5km run, but took over in front on the 20km cycle and held on to that lead on the second run to come home in 52 minutes 51 seconds.

In the women's race, O'Connor dominated from the start to finish in 58.01.