Neptune's victory over Oxford restores Ireland's pride as records fall at Henley McCreery leads home charge at Limerick Lakehill have beating of Boley in National Unbeaten Crusaders claim knockout berth Maguire and Murphy see off Scots in Wexford Girls in Green get ready for Australia at Belfield
ROWING: Neptune Rowing Club took the women's elite pairs at the Henley Women's Regatta -- the only Irish victory.
Neptune dominated the class, with a convincing two-lengths victory over Oxford University.
No less than 10 course records tumbled in the finals thanks to a strong tailwind throughout a top quality, three-day event.
Also entered were crews from Old Collegians and St Michael's in the elite singles, Queens, UCD and Trinity in the senior eights, and Cork BC is the senior singles sculls.
In the senior coxed fours ten-year-old Rory Keogh was coxing the Commerical crew of Áine Feeney, Jane Shackleton, Laura Byrne and Naomi Fearon. He is the youngest ever cox to compete at Henley.
The crew won their first race against Mortlake but then went out to Reading.
McCreery leads home charge at Limerick
TABLE TENNIS: Irish junior champion Paul McCreery leads a strong Irish side at the Senior Schools International Table Tennis Championship starting at the University of Limerick tomorrow.
Boys and girls teams from England, Scotland, Wales, Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man will compete.
Last year, Gavin Maguire and McCreery were the star display, with the Irish winning both under-18 and under-16 team events.
This year, McCreery will partner Sam Logue at U18 level, while Shi Zhao Li and Ryan Farrell make up the U14 team.
Irish senior champion Ashley Givan and Edel O'Reilly compete in the Under-16 girls competition. Rebecca Kenny retains her place on the Under-18 girls, teamed with Sara Dolan.
Lakehill have beating of Boley in National
TUG OF WAR: At the opening round of the National Tug of War Championships near Mohill, Co Leitrim, Lakehill from Co Mayo won their third 680kilo title in a row defeating Boley from Wexford in the final.
This was a reverse of last year's European final in Holland with the Mayo side exacting sweet revenge.
Killylough from Monaghan defeated host club Gortletteragh to win bronze. Bryanstown from Co Wexford defeated Lavalley from Co Mayo to win the Division Two 680kilo title. In the novice 720kg champion-ship, Ballygar from Co Galway overcame Killoughey from Co Offaly in the final. Seven teams contested the first round of the women's league with Connemara from Co Galway topping the table.
Unbeaten Crusaders claim knockout berth
RUGBY LEAGUE: Carlow Crusaders, unbeaten so far this season, booked their place in the knock-out stages of rugby league's Irish championships when they beat North Dublin Eagles 46-22 in ALSAA.
Athboy picked up their first win when they beat the Portlaoise Panthers 30-18 after trailing 8-10 at half-time. In Tullamore, the Knights saw off the Wicklow Vikings 44-26.
Wicklow have yet to win a game this season.
Maguire and Murphy see off Scots in Wexford
KICKBOXING: Barry Maguire of Gan Teora and Steven Murphy both won their matches at the Irish Kickboxing Association match against Scotland in Wexford.
Highlight of Saturday's kickboxing programme in the Ringside Club SCR, Dublin is a women's heavyweight title showdown between Alex Ward of Dublin and Trish Roddy from Kildare.
Girls in Green get ready for Australia at Belfield
HOCKEY: After their trip to Essen in Germany this weekend to play Australia, Germany and India, the Irish women's hockey team play Australia in three matches at Belfield, starting next Wednesday evening. The men, meanwhile, are in Le Toruquet France this weekend, where they are playing in the annual Celtic Cup.
Canoeing: Galway Sea Kayak Race, Sat. Summer 10k Training Race, Salmon Leap CC, Leixlip, Wed, 7.0.
Kickboxing: Fight Night, Ringside Club SCR, Sat.
Hockey (women): Ireland v Australia, UCD Belfield, Wed 8.0.
Rowing: Athlone Regatta, Coosan Point, Sat. Galway Regatta, Sun.
Swimming (open water): Eastern Bay, Low Rock, Malahide, Sat 11.30.
North Dublin WSC Jim Kavanagh and Plunkett McAllister Cup, Bull Wall, Dollymount, Sun 12.0.
Table tennis: Senior Schools International Table Tennis Championship, Uni. of Limerick, Fri to Sun.