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Baldoyle crown is birthday gift for Evans National push to create spike in interest Salmon Leap's Egan goes fourth in Spain Muckross opener has makings of classic Gilcreest top of the pots in RIBSA Classic

BADMINTON: Irish No1 Scott Evans celebrated his 23rd birthday by winning the men's singles at the Curam Softwear-sponsored Autumn Badminton Open at Baldoyle. Evans beat 17-year-old Ruaraidh Sim from Lisburn in the final and now heads for the Czech Open. For Sinead Chambers, making the final for a third year, it was her day at last when she got the better of Mount Pleasant's Jennie King. For King there was some consolation when she paired up with Fiona Glennon to win the women's doubles, beating Karen Bing and Crona Rooney. In the men's doubles final, top seeds Dan Magee and Niall Tierney got the better of northern duo Matthew Gleave and Tony Stephenson, who now play in the Commonwealth Games.

Match of the weekend was the mixed final between top seeds Mathew Gleave and Chambers and second seeds Fiona Glennon and Magee. Glennon and Magee dropped the opener, but stormed back to take the second and force a nail-biting tie-breaker, which they won 21-16.

p Playing in Oriel Park, Dundalk, this week at the European Masters Champions have been 98 of the country's veteran players. Quarter- finals take place today, semi-finals tomorrow and finals on Sunday.

National push to create spike in interest

VOLLEYBALL: With the new volleyball season just around the corner, clubs all over the country are doing their best to recruit new members of all standards as part of National Volleyball Week. In Clondalkin, the Dublin Volleyball Club organises its second annual 24-Hour Volleyball Marathon, with play beginning tomorrow evening (6pm) at Coláiste Bhride.

Mixed teams of three guys and three gals will play through the night, taking occasional cat-naps in their sleeping bags, until the 24 hours are up on Saturday evening. Individuals will be assigned a team, with teams playing pool matches and then a knock-out competition to decide the overall winners. Spectators are welcome and there is also a special draw, with an iPad as the top prize. Details of all National Volleyball Week activities at www.volleyballireland.com

Salmon Leap's Egan goes fourth in Spain

CANOEING: Salmon Leap's Jenny Egan finished a creditable fourth in the U23 women's 21.5km race at the World Marathon Canoeing Championships in Banyoles, Spain. In a strong field, dominated by eventual winner Stefania Cicali of Italy, Egan was in contention for a medal until the final portage. Her fourth place was an improvement on last year when she finished sixth.

Illness hit the rest of the team, with Peter Egan forced to drop out of the senior men's race after a recent visit to hospital and one junior crew also pulling out. It left only Sean McCarthy and Adam Sweeney in the junior K2 race, where they finished 23rd.

p Bulloch Harbour is the venue for the first Dublin Sea Kayak Race on Sunday.

Muckross opener has makings of classic

HOCKEY: After last weekend's opening round in the Leinster Women's Hockey League, when first division matches took place, the opening rounds in division two take place on Saturday. Match of the weekend could be an encounter between former league champions Muckross and Three Rock.

Muckross are back playing at senior level after a few years in the doldrums when they dropped as low as division four.

As a division two club, they will play in the Leinster Senior Cup this season.

Gilcreest top of the pots in RIBSA Classic

SNOOKER: Colm Gilcreest from Celbridge has won the RIBSA Classic, the first ranking tournament of the snooker season at Carlow. In a closely fought final that came down to the final frame, Gilcreest beat Mario Fernandez from St John's Limerick 5-4. In the semi-finals, Gilcreest had beaten TJ Dowling, while Fernandez had a narrow victory over Robert Murphy.