Friday 18 January 2019

Open hopefuls are all at sea

SWIMMING: Back with a splash last weekend was the annual Open Sea League, with races taking place on the Liffey and at Sandycove.

A total of 30 more races will take place in the run-up to September, most of them over the 1500m distance. Since all the races are handicapped, everyone has a chance to win, with men and women having separate races. Young and old of all standards take part.

Winners at the NAC Swim at Docklands Liffey were James Sexton of the host club and Elena Greene, a back marker from Carraig Masters. Fastest swimmer was Julie Ann Galloway of Glenalbyn Masters.

At the Glenalbyn Masters swim on a cold windy day in Sandycove, Ben Keogh of Phoenix just held out for victory over Eastern Bay's Paul Lynch, with ESB's Luke Dowling the fastest. In the women's race, Caroline Orr of Glenalbyn was the winner, with Suzanne Murphy, also Glenalbyn, the fastest.

Highlights of the season are the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Swim on August 21 and the Liffey Swim on Saturday, September 3.

SNOOKER: Vincent Muldoon, Martin McCrudden and Robert Murphy, currently playing in the European Championships, will lead the Irish men's team for September's Home Internationals in Wales. Making up a strong team are Colm Gilcreest, Rodney Goggins, Jason Devaney and Brendan O'Donoghue.

At U19 level, Ryan Cronin and David Cassidy are the top-ranked players. Mark Tuite, Tom Gleeson and Frank Sarsfield make up the masters' team, while Michelle Sherwin and Treasa Keegan will compete in the women's competition.

3Jimmy 'The Whirlwind' White plays in a benefit match for Special Olympics Ireland at the Ivy Rooms, Carlow, on Saturday June 18. Tickets €10.

DUATHLON: Paul Heneghan of Pulse, fourth last time, won the second round of the Runways Dublin Duathlon Series in the Phoenix Park. His finishing time was 38 minutes 39 seconds for the 2.7km run, 13km cycle and 2.7km run. First woman was Catrine Davitt of Belpark, who finished in 43:42. The next round is on July 6.

TRIATHLON: Bjorn Luddick of Activ Multisport/Base2Race had a clear win at the TriAthy Olympic distance triathlon, although his time of 2:02.24 for the 1500m swim, 40km cycle and 10km wasn't very fast. Times on the new course were generally slow and well off the sub one hour 50 minute times set in 2008 and 2009.

Piranha's Jen Duffy was first woman, finishing two minutes ahead of Aoife Lynch from Pulse.

ORIENTEERING: Back on the Irish team for the World Orienteering Championships in France next August are Marcus Pinker, Toni O'Donovan and Aislinn Kendall. All three had taken a break from the sport but have returned in flying form this season. The team will compete over three distances -- the classic long, as well as middle and sprint.

Team -- Women: Rosalind Hussey (Ferm O), Aislinn Kendall (Cork O), Susan Lambe, Niamh O'Boyle (CNOC), Toni O'Donovan (Cork O). Men: Darren Burke, David Healy (GEN), Seamus O'Boyle (CNOC), Marcus Pinker (Cork O), Ruairi Short (CNOC), Nicolas Simonin (Cork O). Manager: Kyle Heron.

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