Saturday 16 December 2017

Mustonen lifts Leinster after Irish exit early News of Jason's 106 all the talk in Donegal Rhodes paved with gold for travelling Irish Come along and no one will bat an eyelid! Jets continue to fly high with Aer Lingus Wolfhounds wrap up with Scotland clash

SQUASH: After finishing runner-up a year ago, teenager Henrik Mustonen became the first Finnish winner of the Leinster Squash Open when he beat Englishman Shaun le Roux in the final of the PSA World Tour event at Fitzwilliam LTC in Dublin. In the semi-finals, Mustonen toppled No1 seed Davide Bianchetti of Italy in straight games.

Both Irish players went out in the opening round. No7 seed Arthur Gaskin lost to Italian Andrea Torricini 11-9, 11-7, 6-11, 9-11, 13-11, after battling back from two games down, while Niall Rooney lost to Le Roux.

News of Jason's 106 all the talk in Donegal

SNOOKER: Jason Devaney hit a 106 on his way to victory in the first U19 ranking tournament of the snooker season at the Northwest Snooker Club, Letterkenny. In a high quality tournament, Devaney put out Daniel Dempsey and Josh Boileau on his way to the final where he beat David Cassidy. Devaney also made the final of the U21 ranking tournament at the same venue a day later, where he lost to former Irish champion Vincent Muldoon in the final. Places on the Irish team for the European U17 Championship are at stake when the first U16 Ranking Tournament takes place in Newbridge on Saturday. The top four will represent Ireland in Malta next January.

Rhodes paved with gold for travelling Irish

TAEKWON-DO: An Irish team has brought home 38 medals from the European Mudo and Taekwon-Do Championships in Rhodes, Greece. A team of 11 from the Irish Taekwon Mudo Academy had travelled with Master John Beveridge 6th Dan, president of the ITMA.

Competing in full-contact sparring, patterns (individual and team), one step (pairs and teams), self defence (pairs and teams) and team technical breaking, the Irish took on top teams from England, Wales, France, Portugal, Spain, Azerbaijan, Greece and guests South Korea.

They won 14 gold medals, with pride of place going to their victory in the technical team breaking. Making up the team were Mark Byrne, Edel Cardiff, Aoife McEvoy, Siofra Sealy, Jack Newport, William Dam, Carl Byrne, Sarah Kingston, Jordan Beveridge, Leon Beveridge and Dylan O'Brien. For more why not visit www.irish-mudo-academy.com.

Come along and no one will bat an eyelid!

TABLE TENNIS: Young table tennis enthusiasts are invited to Sunday's first round of the Stiga Junior Challenger Series -- 10 ranked tournaments emphasising fun and having a go. All players will get around nine games using an open format for the tournament, with boys and girls of all ages playing each other. Ranked players are excluded from the competition, which is designed for newcomers.

Venue is Coláiste Phádraig in Roselawn, Lucan. To enter, contact manager@irishtabletennis.com or call 01-6251135.

Jets continue to fly high with Aer Lingus

VOLLEYBALL: After two rounds of matches in the national league, the Jets are leading the men's premier division on set difference after beating UCD 3-1 last weekend. Also with two wins are Aer Lingus, like the Jets based in the Alsaa. They were pushed all the way by Munster Thunders at the weekend only winning in five sets.

EuropYWD recorded their first win of the season when they beat DVC while Ballymum Patriots got the better of Amber Coast in their opening match of the season. In the women's premier division, DVC, Aer Lingus and Trinity remained tied on six points. DVC beat the Newbridge Wildcats, Trinity got the better of Naas Cobras while defending champions Aer Lingus beat Munster Thunder.

Wolfhounds wrap up with Scotland clash

RUGBY LEAGUE: Ireland face Scotland in their final match of the Alitalia European Senor 4-Nations at Tallaght on Saturday after a heart-breaking 30-31 loss to Wales last weekend. A late converted Welsh try followed by a drop goal meant even a last-minute score by the Irish was not enough. Kick-off at Tallaght Stadium on Saturday is 2.30pm, following a warm-up match between the Clondalkin and Tallaght U17 teams.

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