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Heneghan leads Irish challenge

DARTS: Martin Heneghan, a 19-year-old student at Blanchardstown IT, leads the Irish men's team at the WDF World Darts Cup in Castlebar starting next Tuesday.

Heneghan won his first cap at the Europe U18 Cup in 2007 and two years later, captained the Irish team that took bronze at the same competition in Holland.

In Castlebar, Ireland look certain to advance to the knockout stages, despite being drawn in a group with tournament favourites England.

Included in the English team is reigning BDO world champion Martin Adams. World women's champion Tina Gulliver plays for England in the women's event.

BADMINTON: Scottish visitors caused a stir at the Mount Pleasant Open in Ranelagh, which launched the new badminton season.

Top seed Scott Burnside from Lisburn had to play at his best to beat Glasgow's Danny Leinster in the men's singles final.

Thriller of the day was the women's singles decider between home favourite Jennie King and Scottish number two, Viktoria Tsvetanova which went to a tie-breaking third set.

With the two players swapping scores, this couldn't have been closer until King finally got the break she needed winning 21-19.

King then teamed up with Keelin Fox to beat Fiona and Pauline Glennon in the women's doubles final, while in the men's doubles, number two seeds Mark Cobbe and Eddie Cousins toppled top seeds Dan Magee and Niall Tierney in two sets.

Winning the mixed doubles were Fiona Glennon and Dan Magee, who got the better of Tsvetanova and Danny Leinster.

Abroad, Ireland's number one Chloe Magee narrowly lost in the quarter-finals of the Ukraine Challenger to local No 1 Larissa Griga. Magee, with brother Sam, also made the quarter finals of the mixed doubles, picking up valuable ranking points.

SQUASH: Belfast Boat Club not only hosted the European Club Championship, but, with a team led by world No3 Madeline Perry, took the women's title.

In their quarter-final match against Pontefract, Perry beat former world number one Vanessa Atkinson after dropping the opening two games.

A victory for Senga Macfie against Kirsty McPhee saw Belfast into the semi-finals. Losing their quarter-final to Edgbaston Priory was the Fitzwilliam team led by Irish number two Aisling Blake.

Belfast then beat Dutch club MeerSquash and then had an easy win over Edgbaston Priory in the final.

MODERN PENTATHLON: Natalya Coyle finished 32nd at the World Championships in Moscow.

Coyle, still a junior, had finished 10th in her semi-final to win one of 18 places in the final. In the men's qualification rounds, Arthur Lanigan-O'Keeffe pipped team-mate Eanna Bailey for 15th place.

Bailey and Lanigan-O'Keeffe then finished ninth in the mixed competition, thanks to a third place in the swim and a fifth in show jumping.

CANOE POLO: In a competition dominated by a superb team from France, the Irish men's side finished a creditable 8th in the European Championships in Madrid.

The Irish beat Sweden, Portugal and Belgium and pulled off a draw against the Italians, who finished fifth. They lost to Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands and tournament runners-up Germany.

Both the women and the U23 men's teams finished 11th.