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Dolan leads the way as Irish take on World

BADMINTON: Irish junior No1 Jonathan Dolan, from Sligo, leads a small Irish team heading for the World Junior Championships starting next Thursday. Hopes are high that at least one of the team can make the last 16, despite a strong entry from China, Malaysia and Korea.

First off is the team competition, followed by the individual event, starting on October 30. The players are Dolan, Joshua Magee, Alannah Stephenson and Rachel Darragh.

Stephenson and Darragh made the doubles final at last weekend's Fyffes Irish Futures Series tournament in Baldoyle, losing out to the experienced pairing of Sinead Chambers and Jennie King. Chambers also made the women's singles final, where she put up a fight against eventual winner Perrine le Buhanic of France.

SNOOKER: Ex-pro David Hogan from Nenagh made a winning return to the amateur ranks at the opening senior tournament of the season in Carlow. Hogan, the 2009 European amateur champion, lost only one frame in the early round-robin matches. He then dismissed former Irish champions Colm Gilcreest and Davy Morris to make the semi-finals, where he beat Phil Arnold of Celbridge 4-0. In the final, Hogan saw off the challenge of Newbridge teenager Josh Boileau 5-1. Boileau, aged 17, was playing in his first senior final.

RUGBY LEAGUE: After their memorable victory over Scotland in Edinburgh last weekend, the Irish Wolfhounds play England Knights at Deramore Park, Belfast this evening (6pm). The squad of 30 includes members of local clubs Antrim Eels, Athboy Longhorns, Dublin City Exiles and Treaty City Titans, as well as England-based players from clubs including the Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves and Leeds Rhinos.

TRIATHLON: Irish record holder Martin Muldoon finished best of the Irish at the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

On a sweltering day, Muldoon came home in nine hours 29 minutes 51 seconds, passing Alan Ryan from Wexford on the marathon run.

Muldoon was 19th in the over-35 age group, while Ryan's time of 9:33.34 put him an impressive third in the 45-49 age group. Also breaking the 10-hour barrier were Ivan O'Gorman, Owen Martin, Michael O'Brien and Liam Dolan.