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Roberts and Browne bout is on top of the bill for a royal rumble at the Ringside Club

KICKBOXING: After a partnership agreement between kickboxing federations the IKF and the WIMAAO, Gary Roberts from Belfast will take on Wexford's Sonny Browne in a European light heavyweight title fight at the Ringside Club, Dublin on Saturday.

Founded by the Canning brothers, the IKF (Irish Kickboxing Federation) dates back over 30 years and runs WKA full-contact fights in the Republic. Although the WIMAAO (World International Martial Arts Association & Organisation) is relatively new, it already operates 16 clubs in Northern Ireland. Also on Saturday's programme is a junior light-contact fight between Dubliner Callum Powell and Scott McGee from Belfast, as well as a number of other fights. Doors open 7pm.

Wicklow the way to go for marathon warm-up

MOUNTAIN BIKE: Mountain-bike orienteering makes a return to Leinster after a number of years with two events coming up in Wicklow. Venue next Sunday is Castletimon (signposted from Beehive pub) and the action moves to Djouce Woods a week later. Long (10k) and short courses are on offer, with start times from 11.30 to 1.30. Info www.orienteering.ie or text 086-8150512. Ballyhoura Mountain Park in Ardpatrick, Co Limerick is the venue on Sunday September 26 for the National Mountain Bike Marathon Championships. A 25km course is open to cyclists of all standards with a longer 65km course putting the best riders to the test.

Bowlers bring golden touch across the water

TEN-PIN BOWLING: Ireland's junior ten-pin bowlers took four gold medals at the triple crown tournament against England, Scotland and Wales in London. Chris Sloan won the U-16 singles, Keith Rynhart and Simon English the boy's doubles, Holly Evans and Craig Gratten the mixed doubles, while the U-19 boy's team got the better of England after an intense battle. Just missing out on gold was the U-19 girls trio of Ciara McDunphy, Niamh Haughton and Sara Kelly.

Tog out and you could be a Harbour master!

SWIMMING: Pick of four open water races this weekend is the re-scheduled Dun Laoghaire Harbour Swim which takes place on Sunday with the women off at 10am and the men following. Taking place on Saturday is the first Great Leinster Swim at Lough Dan, Co Wicklow, with 5km and 10km races starting 9am. In Kinsale, 360 swimmer have entered the Sandycove Island Challenge, also on Saturday, while at Camlough, near Newry, there's a junior 5km on Sunday.

Lambe and McCrohan close campaign in fourth

ROWING: Claire Lambe and Siobhan McCrohan finished fourth in the lightweight women's double scull at the European Rowing Championships in Montemor-O-Velho, Portugal. The duo had challenged for second place during the race, but got caught in the final quarter. Niall Kenny and Mark O'Donovan finished 10th in the men's lightweight double scull. Earlier this season, the pair had taken silver in a quadruple scull at the World U-23 Championships. Ireland's international regatta season draws to a close with this regatta. With a solid winter's training a priority, no Irish will travel to November's world championships in New Zealand.

Joy for juniors after a long wait for Welsh win

ORIENTEERING: After many years of trying, the Irish junior orienteering squad finally overcame Wales at last weekend's Junior Home International. Their reward was the Judith Wingham trophy, awarded for the best overall point score for Ireland v Wales at this annual competition. Picking up valuable points for the team were Jonathan Quinn 3rd M14, Jack Miller 6th M16 and Sean Knight 5th M18 of the boys. Caoimhe O'Boyle was 7th W14, Niamh Corbett 7th W16 and Aine McCann 6th W18. In the relays, the team of Miller, Quinn and Knight finished third.

Morrison's late surge seals 16th in Budapest

TRIATHLON: Aileen Morrison finished 16th in the World Championships in Budapest last weekend. In steamy conditions, Morrison had a strong swim and was in the lead pack of 40 throughout the cycle leg, before making up five places on the run. In the age-group competitions, Matt Molloy finished 5th M40 and Joan Griffin 6th W55, with over 70 Irish in action. At the London Duathlon, David Vaughan and Eilis Connery made it an Irish double in the ultra race. For the 20km run, 80km cycle and 10km run, Vaughan finished in 4:01:16 and Connery in 4:42:45.


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