Taxi man Stott has a fare shot at Voss
TEN PIN BOWLING: Pro bowling legend Brian Voss, of the US, leads a record entry of 150 bowlers at next week's Columbia 300 Irish Open Tenpin Bowling Championships in Leisureplex Stillorgan, Dublin.
With the Irish Open firmly established on the international circuit, players from 12 nations, including Norway, Sweden, England, Scotland and Latvia will take on "Voss the Boss" for a share in the €17,500 prize fund. Among them will be Dublin taxi driver Paul Stott, who beat Voss on the way to victory in the Bucharest Open last November. Also in contention are Irish champion Alan Bride and Alan Gibbons, second behind England's Dom Barrett last year. Leading the Irish women's entry is Kerena Dykes.
Play starts next Thursday and continues all day Friday and Saturday, with finals on Sunday. Spectators welcome.
Irish Olympic rehearsal
HOCKEY: With Olympic qualification tournaments looming in March, the Irish men and women's hockey teams face a busy few weeks. After an eight-day training camp in Spain, where they will play three matches against the Dutch, the men play two matches against Great Britain in England and then return to Spain for more training as well as matches against Spain and Belgium. The men's London 2012 qualification tournament takes place in Dublin.
For the women, warm weather training in South Africa will include a tri-nations tournament with South Africa and Belgium. They then head for Belgium to test the pitch and set-up for their London 2012 qualifier at Beerschot.
Celbridge right on cue
SNOOKER: After beating Maynooth to take the Leinster title, Celbridge Snooker Club are now favourites to win the All-Ireland title in Killarney later this month. Captained by Nigel Power, the powerful Celbridge squad includes three former Irish National champions in Colm Gilcreest, Martin McCrudden and TJ Dowling as well as ex-pro Joe Delaney and the in-form John Sutton.
Magic McKee takes title
BADMINTON: Andrew McKee beat Stuart Lightbody to win the men's singles at the Ulster Junior Badminton Open. Alannah Stephenson toppled top seed Laura Butler from Leinster in the women's semi-finals before sealing the title.
SAILING: Youth teams from Great Britain, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan and Canada will test the waters at April's ISA Mitsubishi Nationals on Dublin Bay ahead of July's ISAF Youth World Championships in Dun Laoghaire. Details at www.dublinbay2012.com.