BADMINTON: A Mount Pleasant badminton team including the country's top women players will represent Ireland at the European Clubs next month after winning the Irish Senior Cup in Dundalk.
Playing a young side from the Alpha Club in Lisburn, Mount Pleasant had started slowly. Niall Tierney lost to U17 player Ruairi Sim in straight sets, while William Lacey went down to Tony Murphy also in straight sets.
A win for Olympian Chloe Magee over Sinead Chambers gave Mount Pleasant their first points. When Karen Bing defeated 13-year-old Alannah Stephenson, the scores were levelled.
Bing was back on court for the women's doubles, along with regular partner Keelin Fox. This experienced pairing proved too strong for Stephenson and her partner, Caroline Black. The men's doubles team of Mark Topping and Niall Tierney provided the crucial final win when they beat ex-international Alex Sim and Tony Murphy.
Mount Pleasant will now travel to Zwolle in the Netherlands on June 23 to play in the European Club Championships.
McCreery makes mark in Barca
TABLE TENNIS: Irish table tennis sensation Paul McCreery produced the performance of his career when he reached the quarter-finals of the World Junior Circuit event in Barcelona.
In the group stages, McCreery beat Dorian Nicolle of France and Lewis Gray of England to progress to the last 64, where he beat Otsuka of Japan 4-2. In the last 32, he faced Tristan Flore, ranked 52nd in the world, beating him 4-3.
Facing Sweden's Jesper Hedlund, McCreery took a comfortable straight sets victory to reach the quarter-final. There he went out to top seed and eventual runner-up Patrick Franziska of Germany.
Rising stars plucked for Turkey
SAILING: Six young Irish sailors will travel to the Youth World Sailing Championships in Turkey next July where 300 young sailors from 60 nations will compete across eight disciplines.
Mathew O'Dowd (Royal St George) and Sophie Murphy (Quoile) will compete in Laser Radial single-handed dinghies. Cian O'Regan (Kinsale) and Scott Flanagan (Yacht Club), and Jane Butler and Jennifer Andreasson (Royal St George) go in the 420 Two Person Dinghies. In 2012, the Youth Sailing World Championship will take place in Dun Laoghaire.
Dublin clubs on crest of a wave
ROWING: Dublin rowing clubs Neptune and Commercial sit at the top of the new Rowing Ireland Grand League table following the Queen's regatta in Co Down.
In third place is Skibbereen, with UCD fourth and St Michael's fifth.
St Michael's from Limerick lead the men's senior category on 87 points, just one point ahead of Commercial on 86 points with UCD a close third on 81 points. UCD on 90 points lead the women's senior category ahead of Dublin University Ladies Boat Club.
The next Grand League regatta is in Cork on Saturday May 22.
Seeds tumble out of the frame
SNOOKER: After last weekend's qualifying rounds, the quarter-final line-up for the Irish Snooker Championships on the weekend of May 22/23 has been decided. Defending champion Martin McCrudden lines up against top-seed Rodney Goggins, Anthony Bonnar plays John Torpey, John Sutton faces Vincent Muldoon and Johnny Williams takes on Colm Gilcreest. Among the shocks in the earlier rounds was the dismissal of No3 seed Mario Fernandez by John Sutton in the last 16. Colm Gilcreest, champion in 1993, put out No2 seed Robert Murphy.