TABLE TENNIS: The ever consistent John Murphy of UCD goes for a sixth national title at this weekend’s Butterfly Irish Senior Table Tennis Championships in the Alsaa, Dublin Airport. Murphy beat Ulster’s Paul McCreery in last year’s final and tops the rankings going into this year’s tournament. A strong challenge is again expected from McCreery and from former champion Gavin Maguire, who is playing full time in Germany this season. Last year’s women’s champion Amanda Mogey remains a doubt due to injury, but if she plays, will be the one to beat. In a strong field, Ashley Givan is the current Irish No 1, while Hannah Lynch Dawson is the rising star of the sport following Munster Open victory and a successful outing at the Women’s British League. League teammates Sabina Devereux and Emma Ludlow, along with Sarah Timlin are three others likely to make the deciding stages of the tournament.
VOLLEYBALL: No change at the top of volleyball’s women’s premier division with DVC and Santry still locked tight. In the latest round of matches, DVC followed their narrow win over Tallaght Rockets with a solid 3-0 win over UCD. They travel to Dublin’s northside to face bottom of the table Ballymun Patriots today, while Santry entertain Tallaght in Artane tomorrow (Sun). Santry have a busy few days with a place in the Association Cup semi-finals at stake when they play the DVC second team on Monday evening. In the men’s premiership, Aer Lingus look to consolidate their lead with victory over Amber Coast in Maynooth tomorrow. Big rivals UCD play the Ballymun Patriots second team after losing to the first team a fortnight ago.
TABLE TENNIS: David Ryan of Sutton LTC will continue to campaign on the European circuit after winning the U17 boys’ singles title at the French Junior Squash Open in Lille. In the final, Ryan beat fellow Irish junior international Michael Craig of Ulster for his second Super Series title of the season. Ryan, who is coached by his dad, Eoin Ryan, is now the top ranked U17 player in Europe. Next up for him and the Irish squad is the German Super Series in Nurnberg followed by the European U19 Championships in Switzerland and the European Squash Team Championships in Girona, Spain.