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McCreery and Givan hit the double for Ulster in Stiga Championships Czechs to take on the locals in Carlow Development squad attracts a crowd Irish panel selected to take on world Fightback sees Speer take Wheelworx

TABLE TENNIS: Paul McCreery and Ashley Givan made it an Ulster double at the Stiga Munster Table Tennis Championships in Gurranabraher, Cork last weekend.

In the men's final, McCreery beat Sam Hanley of Leinster. McCreery also won the junior singles title, beating Sam Logue of Leinster.

At U21 level, Leinster's Gavin Maguire came out on top. Ashley Givan, aged just 14, got the better of Leinster's Sabina Devereux in the women's final, with Sara Dolan of Leinster winning the junior title.

Meanwhile, in the Leinster Premier League, Eastpoint lead UCD by a single point at the top of the table after the second round of matches at ESB Sportco, Dublin. The key match saw the Eastpoint team of Sam Hanley, Gavin Maguire, Mark O'Flynn drawing 3-3 with the UCD1 team of John Murphy, Sam Logue and Li Shizhao. Also playing were Athlone, Pioneers and UCD2.



Czechs to take on the locals in Carlow

CANOEING: A group of Czech paddlers will put it up to the locals at the Aghade Wildwater Canoeing Races near Tullow, Co Carlow on February 13-14. Former Irish resident Lukas Novosad is bringing a team of seven for the sprint and classic races, which are also the first of four selection events for the Irish senior and junior teams. Among them are the veteran Karel Rasner, rafting champion Tomas Vanecek, and juniors Antonin Hales and Martin Novak.

Wildwater paddling in Ireland is enjoying some of its best conditions ever, thanks to the snow in recent weeks.



Development squad attracts a crowd

SQUASH: A healthy crowd turned out for the opening training session for the Irish squash development squad at Westwood in Leopardstown.

Coach Paul Bell is using the squad sessions as a stepping-stone for young players who aspire to playing internationally and want to make the Irish senior team. Bell is also assisting national coach Simon Parke with the senior national squad. Apart from training sessions at home, he is hoping to bring the squad to the UK to play an A International and to train with Parke.



Irish panel selected to take on world

LACROSSE: A squad of 23 players will represent Ireland at the World Lacrosse Championships next July in Manchester. Of the 23 selected after trials in the USA and Ireland, 11 play with Irish league teams and the rest with semi-pro teams in the USA. At the last World Championship Tournament in Canada in 2006, Ireland finished seventh place of 21 teams, winning five of their seven matches. Last year a team of mostly home-based players took bronze at the Celtic Cup. Head coach for the World Championships is Tim Weir.



Fightback sees Speer take Wheelworx

DUATHLON: Adam Speer won the Wheelworx Naas Duathlon at Punchestown. Speer trailed his 24/7 clubmate Michael Black after the first 3.5k run, but took a narrow lead on the tough 20k cycle and held on for victory on the second 3.5k run. He finished in 56 mins 1 sec, with Black 14 seconds behind and Belpark's Mark Doyle third. Eimear O'Brien of Piranha was first woman in 61 mins 21 secs, followed by her clubmate Bronagh Ni Bhriain, with Eilis Connery of Belpark third. The event, with 149 starters, was a trial for the World Duathlon Championships in Edinburgh later in the year. The series continues on February 21 and March 14.