O'Donoghue on cue
SNOOKER: Brendan O'Donoghue from the New Institute in Nenagh toppled home favourite Joe Delaney to win snooker's fifth senior ranking tournament hosted by Celbridge Snooker Club.
Shock of the earlier rounds came when Vincent Muldoon of Maynooth was knocked out in the last 32 by Joe Corrigan.
The final was clear cut with O'Donoghue leading 3-1 at the break and going on to nail victory at 4-2, with a break of 70.
A few days earlier, ex-pro Muldoon had made a 147 maximum break in Celbridge's 'Player of the Year' event. He then went out of the competition when he lost to former Irish women's champion Cathy Dunne in a black-ball cliffhanger.
p The EBOS European Billiards Open takes place in the Ivy Rooms Carlow this weekend.
PARALYMPICS: Catherine Walsh and Francine Meehan, who had won the 3km tandem pursuit earlier in the week, finished third in the women's match sprint at the Paracycling Track World Championships in Los Angeles, USA.
Colin Lynch won the C2 3km pursuit, while James Brown and Damien Shaw were second in the 4km tandem pursuit. That means the Irish came home with four medals -- two golds, a silver and a bronze -- for a best ever world ranking of 7th from 31 countries. The team must wait another week before Ireland's ranking points total for the London 2012 Paralympic Games is revealed. This will decide the number of paracyclist places on offer to Ireland. Three table tennis places and four equestrian spots have already been nailed down for the Paralympic Games in London.
TRIATHLON: Triathlete Gavin Noble made a positive start to the new season when he finished fifth in the Bridgetown ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup in Barbados. On the 750m swim, 20km cycle, 5km run, just 20 seconds separated Noble from the winner, Daniel Unger of Germany, who is the current world champion. Locally Paul Carroll and Helen White were the winners of the Sportsman Duathlon in Co Louth.
CANOEING: Slalom canoeist Eoin Rheinisch continued his build-up for London 2012 when he finished 18th overall at the Australian Open. That followed a fifth place in New Zealand where the Dublin paddlers had been training. "I'm pretty satisfied with the result for this point in the year. I lost a lot of time in the last section of the course so I still have plenty of training to do. Thankfully there is still plenty of time for that."
Rheinisch, who finished fourth at the Beijing Olympics, is aiming to qualify for London 2012 at the European Championships in Augsburg, Germany next May.
BADMINTON: After a winter of competition involving 406 teams from 72 clubs, Mount Pleasant won both the Division 1 mixed and men's doubles at the Dublin and District League finals in Terenure Badminton Centre. In the women's Division 1 doubles, Pembroke beat Mount Pleasant for the title.
New clubs taking titles were PBAI, Crannagh and Carlow LTC. Closest results came in the lower divisions, with Beag's Beo only beating Roundwood for the divison 9 women's doubles by 10 points on countback, while Epworth Men's beat Beag's Beo in men's division 9 by 12 points.