Connacht, the smallest of the three provinces in terms of numbers, took four of the six titles on offer at the Badminton Ireland Inter-Clubs finals held in the Baldoyle and Terenure badminton centres.
A strong squad from Oranmore won the F division, beating University of Limerick, and also won the H division. Near neighbours Galway LTC took the G grade, beating St Mary’s Dunmanway.
Closest match came in the D division, where An Caislean Nua from Clondalkin beat Galway LTC 4-3 but lost out on the total of matches won when it came to the overall result. The tournament was played on a round robin basis, with each team playing two ties and the total number of matches overall counting for victory. Pics at www.lindie.zenfolio.com
Grade C: 1 UCC, 2 Sligo LTC. 3 Old Bawn
Grade D: 1 Carrigaline, 2 An Caislean Nua, 3 Galway LTC
Grade E: 1 Sligo LTC, 2 UCC
Grade F : 1 Oranmore, 2 University of Limerick
Grade G: 1 Galway LTC, 2 St Mary’s Dunmanway, 3 Skryne
Grade H: 1 Oranmore, 2 St Mary’s Dunmanway
Olympic sailor Annalise Murphy won the Laser class at the Italian Olympic Week on Lake Garda.
In the medal race, Murphy caught the leaders on the first run and led the race from then. She had gone into the medal race as favourite having won six races in qualifying.
Italian Olympic Week is the first regatta of five in the Eurosaf series; next up is Delta Lloyd starting iin the Netherlands on May 21.
Madeline Perry beat Natalie Grinham of the Netherlands to win the Texas Squash Open. In recent weeks, Perry has also won the Irish Open in Dublin and helped Ireland to silver at the European Team Championships.
Perry, seeded No 4, progressed to the final, with good wins over American player Latasha Khan, Rachael Grinham (sister of Natalie) from Australia, and then top seed Joelle King of New Zealand.
In a see-saw the final, Grinham made the better start winning the opening game 11-9. Perry came back to take the second, Grinham took the third and again Perry pulled herself back into the match by winning the fourth against her visibly tired opponent. She then wrapped up the title by winning the fith game 11-6. It was an eleventh tour title for Perry.
Final:  Madeline Perry (IRL) bt  Natalie Grinham (NED) 9-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6