Wednesday 22 November 2017

Juniors hold their own with heroics in Faroes

VOLLEYBALL: While the Irish junior women's team (pictured) didn't win any matches at the European Small Nations qualifier, they did themselves justice.

In their opening match, the Irish played host side Faroe Islands hoping for an early victory against a team they felt they could beat. It was still a close match with only a few points in each set giving the home team the advantage they needed.

Next up were tournament favourites Luxembourg who, in a shock result, had lost their opener to Liechtenstein. Again the Irish girls played out of their skins, matching their rivals on points until the closing stages of each set.

Finally came Liechtenstein, who had yet to drop a set in the tournament. Hitting hard and defending brilliantly, the Irish raced to a 8-3 lead in the opening set and went on to take the set 25-19.

A rattled Liechtenstein took revenge in the second set, winning 25-13. Three points at 20-all gave Liechtenstein a vital edge in the third. They then closed out the match in the fourth set against an Irish team that had raised its game to a new level.

Leinster look safe for another Inter mission

BADMINTON: Draws with Yorkshire and Buckingham mean Leinster have moved up one place to fifth in the English Intercounty League Premier B Division after two rounds of matches.

It could have been three draws -- Leinster narrowly lost to Lancashire. With only one weekend to go and the hard matches played, Leinster looks likely to holds its place in the premiership.

Meanwhile, at the Estonian Open in Tallin, No2 seed Scott Evans retired with an injured wrist in the third set of his semi-final match against local player Raul Must.

Muldoon motoring with his second success

SNOOKER: After winning snooker's fourth ranking tournament of the season, Maynooth's Vincent Muldoon is closing the gap on Rodney Goggins of 147 Wexford at the top of the points table.

In the semi-finals, Muldoon fought back from 3-1 behind to beat Nenagh's Brendan O'Donoghue 4-3, while TJ Dowling of Celbridge knocked out Goggins 4-2. That set the stage for a thrilling final, and with the score at four frames apiece, it was Dowling who got the first chance to wrap it up. When he missed a relatively easy cannon, Muldoon grabbed the opportunity, rattling in a break of 68 to win his second ranking tournament of the season.

Irish called up to umpire at London 2012

HOCKEY: Whatever fate has in store for the Irish men and women's teams, Ireland is sure to be represented at the London 2012 hockey tournament.

Carol Metchette and Colin Hutchinson have both been appointed umpires for the Games while Ray O'Connor will manage the men's umpiring team.

The Irish men's team, currently in Spain, play their London 2012 qualifying tournament in Dublin, starting March 10.

The women travel to Belgium for their qualifying tournament starting a week later.

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