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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Magee siblings shine in Spain to complete fantastic final flourish with relative ease Seeds sown for a strong show in Moscow Brilliant Blake storms to Almere silverware Hickey hurtles to maiden open singles title Strokes of genius see NUIG make waves Caffrey proves the expert in adventure race Fifth-placed Loreto are colossal in Rome

BADMINTON: Mixed specialists Sam and Chloe Magee from Raphoe won the Spanish Open in Madrid beating Germany's Peter Kasbauer and Johanna Goliszewski 21-11, 21-9.

Taking a break was Scott Evans who has picked up an ankle injury. Tony Stephenson competed in the men's singles, where he injured his ankle and was forced to retire from the doubles.

Evans is hoping to play at the European Circuit Finals in Assen (Netherlands) starting on June 4. The tournament is part of a summer campaign for Evans, Chloe Magee, Tony Stephenson and Sam Magee in the run-up to the World Championships in Paris next August.



Seeds sown for a strong show in Moscow

TABLE TENNIS: Ireland are fourth seed in a group that includes Indonesia, Algeria, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Moldova at the World Team Table Tennis Championships in Moscow. Knock-out stages of the competition start today with finals on Sunday. Leading the team is national champion John Murphy, backed up by Irish No1 Paul McCreery, the experienced Daryl and Keith Knox, who has made a remarkable comeback from injury over the past year. At junior level, cadets Ryan McConkey and Katie McGlone have spent a week in Italy training with some of Europe's top coaches as part of the 'Eurokids' programme, while six other young players, led by Ryan Farrell, are competing at the international Youth Cup in Belgium.



Brilliant Blake storms to Almere silverware

SQUASH: Aisling Blake won the Hemubo Squash Trophy in Almere, Netherlands, beating England's Lauren Siddall in the final. Blake, the Irish No2, fought her way to the final with straight-games victories over Dutch opponent Milja Dorenbos and France's Laura Pomportes before eliminating Orla Noom, the third seed from the Netherlands, in a tough semi-final.

She dominated play from the start in the final, beating Siddall 11-9, 11-3, 11-7 for her fourth WISPA Tour title.



Hickey hurtles to maiden open singles title

RACQUETBALL: At the 25th Kilkenny Open, Aisling Hickey from the Rossmore club in Tipperary, won her first women's open singles title. In the final she defeated top-seed Donna Ryder of Newport 2-1. On a great weekend for Hickey she also paired up with Kate Ryan to take the women's doubles title. Noel O'Callaghan of Fermoy followed his recent Irish Open victory with a 2-1 victory over Arklow's Adam Neary in the men's singles final. Winning the men's doubles were the Fermoy pairing of Seane Keane and Patrick Hanley.



Strokes of genius see NUIG make waves

ROWING: Reigning national champions NUIG won the Leander Trophy eights at the Cork Regatta, with a crew that includes Olympic rowers Alan Martin and Cormac Folan. St Michael's, which included another Olympian Sam Lynch, finished a length and a half behind for second, ahead of Muckross.

NUIG also took the men's coxless fours from Muckross and St Michael's. NUIG women won a tight race in the fours from UCD.



Caffrey proves the expert in adventure race

ADVENTURE: John Caffrey won the expert class in the Wicklow Road Adventure race around Lough Dan with a time of 3 hrs 6 mins 44 secs for the 2km kayak, 10.5km cycle, 7km run, 18km cycle and 7k run. In second place came Niall Somers who was only seven seconds behind the winner, while the veteran Cormac Conory was third. Melanie Spath finished first of the women in 3:51.32, followed by Vanessa Fenton and Hazel Thompson. In the sport class, which was about half the distance, Brendan O'Brien was the winner in 1:40.51, with Emma Donlon first woman in 1:53.09.



Fifth-placed Loreto are colossal in Rome

HOCKEY: Loreto finished fifth at the European Hockey Club Champions Trophy in Rome, beating Alta Boryspol of the Ukraine 3-1 in the fifth-place play-off. Loreto had lost to Izmaylova Moscow 03 in their pool match. At the EuroHockey Club Champions Challenge in Prague, UCD, making their debut at this level, lost to Royal Uccle from Belgium, but put up a good fight against Cambrai from France, only losing by a single goal. In the fifth-place play-off, they lost to local club Slavia Praha 2-1 which meant Ireland were relegated.

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