HOCKEY: With round three of the Irish Hockey League taking place today, Railway Union and UCD are favourites to progress from Pool A in the women's competition. In Pool B, Pegasus are on maximum points ahead of Loreto. Last year's finalists Three Rock Rovers and Pembroke Wanderers both have two wins in Pool A of the men's draw, while Monkstown and Banbridge lead the Pool B table. The top two from each pool will qualify for the league semi-finals and finals on the weekend of April 5/6, hosted by Banbridge Hockey Club.
*Craig Fulton (inset), newly-appointed coach to the Irish men's hockey team, will lead the Irish squad at next month's Champions Challenge I Tournament in Malaysia starting on April 26.
volleyball: Victory over NUI Galway last week means the DVC women's team has wrapped up Volleyball Ireland's premier division with two matches left to play. Since losing to Trinity last October, DVC have proved unbeatable, with their closest rivals Naas Cobras losing impetus after a bright start. The two sides meet next Saturday and face each other a week later in the semi-finals of the Association Cup. In the men's premier division, Ballymun Patriots X forfeited a match to their second team last month, but by then had the title in the bag. They play old rivals Aer Lingus in the Association Cup semi-finals at the end of March.
*An Irish men's team will compete at the Beach Volleyball Continental Cup for the first time in June when the first round of matches take place. These are followed by a second round of matches in September before the knock-out rounds next year, when the big names of the sport enter the draw.
A place at the 2016 Rio Olympics is at stake for the eventual winners of the tournament.
BADMINTON: Chloe Magee made a shock exit in the opening round of the women's singles at the Swiss Open in Basel earlier this week when she lost to qualifier Yu Po Pai of Chinese Taipei. There was also a first round exit for Magee and brother Sam in the mixed doubles. In the men's singles, Jonathan Dolan progressed to the second round before losing to Andre Kurniawan Tedjono of Indonesia in straight sets. There was a good performance from Dolan and Sam Magee in the men's doubles, where they reached the second round.
WATER POLO: Ireland aim to improve on last year's third place at the EU 8-Nations Men's Water Polo Tournament taking place at the University of Limerick this weekend. More than 120 players from Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Scotland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Wales and Malta have assembled in Limerick and will play 20 games before the final tomorrow afternoon (1pm).
Ireland face Switzerland, Austria and Scotland in the group stages.
DUATHLON: Seán Cunningham of Athlone Tri Club came out on top at the Tri an Mhí Trim Castle Duathlon Series Race One. Cunningham kept in touch with early leader Eddie Garry of Naas Tri Club on the opening 4km and passed him in transition before stretching his lead on the bike. By the end of the second run, he had built up a substantial lead of two minutes and won in 57 minutes 11 seconds. Second was Mark Conaty, followed by Eimear Fitzmaurice, first of the women. A second Trim Castle Duathlon takes place on March 30.