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Baadminton: Future bright as women take centre in Baldoyle

BADMINTON: Women have taken over the courts for this weekend's Fyffes Irish Future Series tournament in Baldoyle, Dublin .

Event referee is Spain's Carmen Martinez Villanueva, assisted by Badminton Ireland's event officer Cheryl Evans, who is a member of Badminton Europe's Women in Sport working group.

Among the technical officers is Ireland's Olympic official Carol Uí Fhearghail. In co-operation with the Irish Sports Council, Badminton Ireland has organised a number of 'Women in Sport' initiatives over the past four years, including summer camps for girls, club initiatives for women and the 'Women in the Chair' project for technical officials.

The Fyffes Irish Future Series is the centrepiece of Badminton Ireland's National Badminton Week, when clubs all over the country open their doors to new members with special coaching and fun events for all ages. Finals take place tomorrow, with spectators welcome.

TRIATHLON: Conor Murphy finished sixth at the final European Premium Cup (Olympic Distance) of the season in Alanya, Turkey, a trial run for the European Championships next year. With a 10km run time of 31 mins 49 seconds, his total time was 1 hour 44 mins 46 seconds. Compatriot Russell White finished 14th in 1:47.08. Triathlon Ireland has 20 places on offer for paratriathletes wishing to compete internationally next season. Details on the Triathlon Ireland website.

SNOOKER: Rodney Goggins is top seed at the first senior ranking tournament of the season in the Ivy Rooms, Carlow this weekend.

A total of 75 players are ranked and will play in seeded groups.

TABLE TENNIS: Paul McCreery and Liu Na took over the top positions on the Irish table tennis senior list following following their wins in the opening Irish Senior Classification event of the season.