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Saturday 16 December 2017

Pembroke hold their nerve to fend off Corinthian comeback and lift league title Three-way face-off in push for Premier 32 Some revenge for Croker with Scots win Perry's in pursuit of Cayman consolation

MEN'S HOCKEY: Pembroke Wanderers have retained the men's Leinster League Division 1 title after a nervy 2-0 victory over Three Rock Rovers in Ballsbridge last weekend.

Corinthian, in second place, did all they could to catch the table toppers, beating Fingal 4-1 and hoping for an unlikely slip-up by Wanderers. It was a good week for Pembroke, who also won the Leinster Senior Cup when they beat Fingal on St Patrick's Day.

In women's Division 1, Hermes and Railway Union are still locked together. With the Interprovincial Championships taking place at Grange Road this week, no Division 1 matches are scheduled.

The teams play each the on the final day of the league on April 10 in a match that could decide the title.



Three-way face-off in push for Premier 32

VOLLEYBALL: After a great win by Aer Lingus over table toppers Ballymun Patriots, volleyball's Premier 32 men's title will come down to the final round of matches after the Easter break.

Thanks to the Aer Lingus win, the Ulster Elks now top the table on count-back from Aer Lingus, with Ballymun a single point behind. In their remaining matches, both Ballymun and the Elks face Queen's, a team unlikely to trouble either of them.

Aer Lingus play their Alsaa stable-mates the Jets.

In the women's Premier 32 league, Aer Lingus remain unbeaten all season and are still on for a second league/cup double. On Saturday, they play UCD for a place in the Association Cup final at DCU. In the other semi-final, Tallaght Rockets play Newbridge Wildcats. In the men's semi-finals, Ballymun Patriots should beat UCD, while Aer Lingus have a tricky assignment against CBPhoto Thunder from Limerick.



Some revenge for Croker with Scots win

HANDBALL: Ireland got the better of the Scots in one sporting show- down in Dublin last weekend. Scotland had brought their strongest squad for the match including four players who had been part of the Olympic programme in Great Britain, a Germany-based player and a Croatian goalkeeper.

Playing an Irish team made up mainly of home-based players and juniors, the Scots lost 36-28 in a match as closely fought as the other one across town in Croke Park.

The weekend marked the beginning of a shared development programme between the countries at both junior and senior level.



Perry's in pursuit of Cayman consolation

SQUASH: After going out in the quarter-finals of the KL Open Squash Championships in Malaysia, Madeline Perry heads for the Grand Cayman, where she is No5 seed for the Cayman Islands Open.

Perry struggled in Malaysia, taking five games to beat qualifier Donna Urquhart from Australia in the opening round and then losing to Egypt's Omneya Abdel Kawy in the quarter-finals.

She has a tricky draw against New Zealand's Jaclyn Hawkes in her opening round in the Caymans; Hawkes beat her at their last meeting in the Chennai Open.

At the Welsh Junior Squash Open in Cardiff, Theodore Anderson made it to the semi-finals before losing to eventual winner Aditya Jagtap from India.

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