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Hogan sisters taking on World in Korea Magic Mouzali given the 'Golden Boot' Davis heads home bid for Athlone Euros Watkins to fly the tricolour in Trasona Singles a real success for hosts in Limerick Exiles and Knights seek semi advantage Tallaght Rockets recruiting players now

KICKBOXING: Sisters Shauna and Andrea Hogan from Arklow are part of the Irish team which will compete in the ITF World Taekwondo Championships taking place in Korea -- home of the sport -- for the first time. Shauna, aged 18, and Andrea, 15, have been studying taekwondo for seven years. Over the past few months they have trained up to six days a week, often travelling to Irish squad training in Newtown and Cork. Like the rest of the squad they will compete in fighting, patterns and destruction categories.



Magic Mouzali given the 'Golden Boot'

MULTISPORT: Members of successful teams from the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland were recently presented with "Golden Boot" awards for their achievements at a special ceremony in Clonskeagh. Loudest cheers went to the under-8 boys' football team who won the cup and were second in their South Dublin League division and cup last season, and the under-10 squad, which won both league and cup in their section. Both teams are coached by Hassan Mouzali. Next season, Mouzali is expected to be even busier with the current teams moving up an age division and with more youngsters coming in. In preparation, he has already booked a pitch in nearby UCD for regular practice sessions. Also acknowledged were outstanding competitors from the ICCI in swimming, judo and aikido.



Davis heads home bid for Athlone Euros

TRIATHLON: Some of the world's top triathletes are in Athlone for this weekend's European Championships over the sprint and standard distances. Leading the Irish entry is Gavin Noble, who won the Fuente Alamo Triathlon in Spain earlier this season. Olympian Emma Davis, back competing after a long spell of injury, is using the race as part of her build-up to the World Sprint Championships next month.

Also entered is Bryan Keane, who won the Europa Cup meet at the same venue last year and later finished 40th in the European Championships in 1:52.02. That put him less than seven minutes behind the winner Javier Gomez of Spain, who tops the current European rankings, with Keane in 16th place. Sprint and standard distance races for ordinary triathletes, plus a "try" event for beginners, are part of the busy Tri Athlone programme sponsored by Waterways Ireland.

p In Kilkee, over 600 turned out for the Hell of the West Triathlon, with its fearsome hills and headwinds. Winners were Colm Turner of host club Limerick and Amy Wolfe from Cork.



Watkins to fly the tricolour in Trasona

CANOEING: Barry Watkins of the Salmon Leap club is the only Irish competitor at this weekend's European Canoe Sprint Racing Championships in Trasona, Spain. He will compete in the K1 5OOm and 1000m events. So far this season, Watkins has competed in three World Cup events, reaching the 'A' Final(top nine) of the 500m in Duisburg Germany. Up to 400 paddlers from 40 countries will be competing over three days, with Germany France and England likely to dominate.



Singles a real success for hosts in Limerick

TABLE TENNIS: Ashley Robinson and Declan O'Brien beat England 3-2 to win the boys' U16 team title at the Home Nations Schools International in Limerick. The Irish girls finished second to England in this age category. At U18, England beat Ireland while Wales took the girls' title. In the singles, the Irish proved outstanding, with Shi Zhao Li winning the boys' U14 title, Ashley Robinson and Ashley Givan making it an U16 double and Paul McCreery winning at U18 level.



Exiles and Knights seek semi advantage

RUGBY LEAGUE: In rugby league's Carnegie League, Tullamore Knights beat North Dublin Eagles 30-18 in Edenderry, while Dublin City Exiles beat the Portlaoise Panthers 44-36. At the weekend, the Exiles host the Knights with the winner finishing second in the division and guaranteed a home game in the semi-finals. Champions Treaty City Titans continue to rule in Munster. Already into the Ulster final are the Ballynahinch Rabbitohs and the Fermanagh Redskins.



Tallaght Rockets recruiting players now

VOLLEYBALL: Tallaght Rockets is looking for new women players for both Premier & Division 2 teams and also for their men's team. Taking place over the summer are fun nights at Firhouse Community Centre on Monday for women and Tuesday for men, both starting 8pm. Interested? Contact Kate Holliman on 086-6771411.

Coastal rowinG -- St Patrick's Regatta, Ringsend, Dublin, Sun, 11.0.

Hockey -- Ireland (women) v Australia, UCD today 6.0. Ireland (men) v France, Cookstown, today 8.0. U-21 Celtic Cup, Cookstown, Fri to Sun. Ireland (women) v Australia, UCD, Sat 4.0; U-16 girls v Wales, UCD, Sat 6.30. Ireland (men v France, Cookstown, Sat 6.0.U-16 Girls v Wales, UCD, Sun 1.0.

Rowing -- Lee Regatta, Marina, Cork, Sat. Fermoy Sprints, Sun.

Swimming (sea) -- Half Moon Kilmartin Cup, Bray Harbour, Sat 5.0. 40ft Walruses Scotsman's Bay Swim, East Pier, Dun Laoghaoire, Sun 5.0. Carraig Masters, Campbell O'Connor Perpetual Trophy, Windsurfer's Pier, Dun Laoghaoire, Wed 8.0.

Triathlon -- Waterways Ireland Tri Athlone Fri to Sun. Incorp European Triathlon Championships.


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