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Railway and Wanderers wrap up national leagues O'Boyles run amok at Leinsters Neptune ready for Cork challenge Lendava proves a let-down for Irish Triathletes eye Euro joy in Athlone

HOCKEY: After 106 years, Railway Union convincingly won their first senior national outdoor title when they took the Irish Hockey league women's title.

It was some compensation after the Sandymount team had lost to Loreto in the ESB Senior Cup a week earlier.

They will now represent Ireland at next year's EuroHockey League Championship.

In the league final, they had an easy win over Cork Harlequins, thanks to two goals from Jean McDonnell and one apiece from Nicola Evans and Kate Dillon.

In the men's decider, Pembroke Wanderers successfully defended their title beating Lisnagarvey, with a hat-trick from Alan Sothern.

In their semi-final against Glenanne, Wanderers had let slip a 4-0 lead, but finally won 6-5 in the dying moments of extra time.

O'Boyles run amok at Leinsters

ORIENTEERING: In a family double, CNOC brother and sister Seamus and Niamh O'Boyle took the men's and women's titles at the recent Leinster Orienteering Championships in Carlingford.

On the most daunting orienteering area in Leinster, Niamh had 12 minutes to spare over second placed Rosalind Hussey (FermO/DUO) with Ruth Lynam, also CNOC, third.

To add to the O'Boyle family celebrations, Caoimhe O'Boyle won the W14 class while Bernie, remarkable mother of all this talent, was second over 50.

Neptune ready for Cork challenge

ROWING: Dublin rowing club Neptune, the current Grand League table toppers, face a daunting challenge this week at the Cork Regatta.

Clubs such as Skibbereen, UCD, Dublin Commercial and St Michael's from Limerick have all entered crews in most grades from under 14 to senior. In particular, Skibbereen should pick up valuable points in the small boat classes.

Guest crews from the University of London, coached by former Irish lightweight rower, Brian Young, will challenge for senior eights, fours and pairs.

At stake in the prestigious senior eights is the Leander trophy, which was first presented at the 1904 Cork City Regatta when the Leander club from London paid a visit.

The Grand League consist of six rounds, with an overall prize on offer for top club based on all entries.

Lendava proves a let-down for Irish

BADMINTON: Tony Stephenson and Sam Magee proved best of the Irish at the Slovenian International in Lendava when they reached the semi-finals of the men's doubles.

There they went out to the top seeds. In the singles, Stephenson went out in the qualifiers.

No luck either for Scott Evans, the top seed, who lost in the first round of main draw.

In the women's singles, Chloe Magee, the No3 seed, also went out in the opening round.

Magee had paired up with brother Sam for the mixed doubles, but they also went out in the first round.

Next up is the Spanish Open.

Triathletes eye Euro joy in Athlone

TRIATHLON: Over 4,000 national and international competitors are expected for the Waterways Ireland Tri Athlone, which this year incorporates the European Triathlon Championships.

Over four days from Thursday July 1, a total of 12 events will take place for triathletes of all standards.

Leading the Irish team in the European Championships will be last year's winner, Bryan Keane, and Aileen Morrison, second woman last year.