Monday 18 December 2017

Magee on Flood alert

BADMINTON: Defending champions Chloe Magee and Scott Evans both have byes into today's Irish National Championships quarter-finals at Baldoyle.

Magee is likely to play Claire Flood today and then possibly Alannah Stephenson in the semi-finals tomorrow.

Second seed Jennie King will probably face Sinead Chambers in the semi- finals.

In the men's draw, Evans is scheduled to face Scott Burnside in the final, with Joshua Magee and Tony Stephenson the other contenders. Finals take place tomorrow afternoon (2.0).

SNOOKER: For more years than anyone cares to remember, the Stars of the Future tournaments have nurtured the talent of Ireland's budding snooker aces. At last weekend's U-12 and U-13 tournaments in the Ivy Rooms, Carlow, local lad Corey Ramsbottom beat Dublin's Dylan O'Connell in the U-12 semi-final and then defeated Fred Connors from Newbridge in the final for his first underage title.

In the U-13 event, Michael Woods from Dublin, last year's U-12 champion, made it through to the final without dropping a frame. On the other side of the draw, Darragh Cusack, also from Dublin, was equally dominant. In a tense final, Woods held his nerve to take the title 2-1. This weekend, it's the turn of the U-14 and U-15 age groups, again in Carlow.

Meanwhile, at the Irish Snooker Club Championships in the Gleneagles Hotel, Killarney, Celbridge successfully defended their title. In the final, they beat Drumaness from Co Down 3-1, after putting out Minnesota from Antrim in the semi-finals.

Making up the Celbridge team were Joe Delaney, Martin McCrudden, Colm Gilcreets, TJ Dowling and John Sutton.

High break of the tournaments was a 135 potted by Brendan O'Donoghue of New Institute, Nenagh.

SURFING: An Irish team will compete at the inaugural International Surfing Association World Stand Up Paddle Games starting in Peru on February 20.

Stand up paddle boarding has caught on in the Dublin area because, unlike conventional surfing, it doesn't need big waves. Surfers stand on their surf boards and use a paddle to keep them moving forward on lakes and rivers.

Competition categories include endurance racing, surfing riding and prone paddling.

Representing Ireland in the surfing discipline will be three-times Irish champion Finn Mullen of the Causeway Coast Surf Club and Paul Byrne from the Dublin-based East Coast Surf Club. Ed O'Farrell, David Owens, Keith Gorman and Jane Downes, all members of the East Coast Club, make up the entire racing team. In Peru, they will take on over 100 surfers from 20 nations. Info www.isasurf.ie.

TARGET SHOOTING: A strong Irish team is competing at the annual Intershoot match in the Netherlands this weekend. Ray Kane, Paul O'Boyle and Peter Friend are back competing after a successful outing last year and are joined by Aisling Miller in the air rifle competition.

Caroline O'Brien and Peter Friend are shooting air pistol. Also competing is a team from Northern Ireland. Some of the best target shooters from nations such as Italy, Russia, Germany, England and Romania are in action.

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