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Craig fifth at British Juniors

SQUASH: Michael Craig finished a fighting fifth at the British Junior Squash Open in Sheffield after his Egyptian opponent Youssef Abo El Makarem pulled out of the U19 5th/6th playoff with an injury. There were four Egyptians in the play-offs and Craig faced all of them. He beat Abdel Rahman Zaher in the third round, lost to No 2 Omar El Atmas in a 64 minute quarter-final and then beat Amr Arafa in the 5th to 8th place play-off. Peru's Diego Elais beat El Atmas for the title.

Dubliner Scott Gillanders (pictured), playing in the U15 age group, had four wins from five matches, all of them against English players.

BADMINTON: Sam McKay and Kate Frost winners of the singles titles at the Connacht U17 Open last weekend will lead the Irish U17 at the Barcelona Open in Spain from February 13-15. Also selected are Paul Reynolds, runner-up to McKay in Sligo, and also his doubles partner as well as John McCready and Ben Gallagher Lynch of the boys and Moya Ryan, Clodagh Dunne and Rachel Woods of the girls.

VOLLEYBALL: DVC from Clondalkin, the 2014 champions, play their first match of the New Year tomorrow against Newbridge, with the firm aim of not dropping any more points until season's end in April. At the moment, Naas are firm favourites to take the title for the first time having won all of their six matches to date. DVC made a rocky start to the season losing to NUIG Alliance and Naas in their opening matches but are unbeaten since then. NUIG meanwhile have faltered, beaten by Ballymun Patriots before the Christmas break. These two teams play each other again today, while Naas face Santry. UCD plays Tallaght in tomorrow's other match. In the men's premiership, UCD tops the table ahead of Ballymun Patriots.

SNOOKER: Peter McDermott and Christine Carr, both from Sharkx and St Mark's in Newbridge, emerged as winners of the men and women's titles at the first ever Stars Academy Ireland Special Needs Snooker National Championships hosted by Sharkx a few weeks ago.

In the men's final, it came down to the colours, with McDermott just beating his club-mate Alan Beale. Just as competitive was the women's competition, Christine Carr of Sharkx and St Mark's got the better of Megan Curran from St Laserian's to make the final, where she beat her St Mark's teammate Rachel Bradley for the title.

HOCKEY: Ireland's senior women's squad are in Valencia Spain for a week of intensive training before their three match series against Spain starting next Saturday. The matches are part of the build-up to the World League 2 tournament taking place in Dublin from March 14-12.


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