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Ireland give Scots a scare at Belfield

VOLLEYBALL: A new-look Irish women's volleyball team played a brave match in their five-set defeat by Scotland at UCD -- the first women's international held in Ireland for some time. Captaining the side was Claire Treacy of Naas, while key players included libero Aoife Carroll of Naas, hitters Anita Dowling and Deirdre McLoughlin of Santry, UCD pair Miriam Nolan and Lyndsey Condell, Edel Nolan of Aer Lingus and Trinity's Ruth Healy.



Tierney smokes Burnside

BADMINTON: Leinster's Niall Tierney pulled off the big surprise at the Ulster Open when he beat Scott Burnside to take the men's singles title. Ulster's Sinead Chambers won the women's title when she beat Ailesbury's Petra Rosolova, who was playing in her final event before returning to her native Czech Republic.



Dolly looks part for 2012

With the top 12 in the rankings heading for London, Dolly has a final chance to book his place next spring, when four more qualification tournaments take place.



Irish tuned for Singapore

CANOEING: A team of Irish paddlers is in Singapore at the World Marathon Canoe Championships. In the women's K1, Jenny Egan faces six laps of the 4.2km course with six portages. Neil Fleming in men's K1, with Peter Egan in men's K2, face seven laps with seven portages.



Castlebar hosts with most

DARTS: England dominated the WDF World Cup in Castlebar beating teams from 39 nations. For the Irish, there was to be no glory -- apart from the praise they got for a superbly organised event.



Morrison second in Korea

TRIATHLON: Aileen Morrison concluded her World Cup year with a superb second place at the Tongyeong World Cup in Korea. At the Hawaii Ironman, Matt Molloy was ninth M40 in 9:13:56.