Other sports: Badminton, Rugby League, Hockey

BADMINTON: Matthew Lightbody made it a Munster U15 badminton hat trick at the University of Limerick over the weekend when he won boys’ singles and doubles and the mixed doubles.

With partner Paul Reynolds, he beat Tomas Howard and Brian O’Mahoney to win the boys’ double title and later beat Reynolds to take the singles crown. His partner for the mixed doubles was Rachael Woods and in the final, they beat Mark and Niamh Gannon in the mixed final.

Clodagh Dunne won the U15 girls singles beating Rachael Woods in the final. In the doubles, Dunne teamed up with Beth Stephenson to beat Alexandra Troy and Sarah Pingree for the title.

The U11 tournament was a cracker with stars of the future like Matthew Cheung, Chloe Woods, Jean Daly, David and Kevin Downey, Sinead O’Sullivan, Ellen Millerick, Adele O’Brien, Katelyn Reid, Peter Burke, Seamus Bradley and many others playing excellent badminton.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Matty Hadden, who began his career with the Antrim Eels, is to join the Ireland squad for the Rugby League World Cup, following the withdrawal of Warrington’s Simon Grix from the squad.  Hadden linked up with the squad at the weekend  at the UCLAN Sports Arena in Preston.
The Oxford prop made his Irish debut in last season’s victory over Scotland and picked up a second cap against England Knights . He had just missed out on the 24 man squad when it was named a few weeks ago.
Hadden will now aim to impress  coach Mark Aston ahead of Ireland’s opening game against Fiji  in Rochdale next Monday October 28.

HOCKEY: Three Rock Rovers are back on top  of Leinster  men’s division 1 after they beat Monkstown at Grange Road on Saturday. A mid-week victory over UCD had briefly put the unbeaten Monkstown on top of the table, but top goals from Jonny Bruton saw the teams swap places. Defending champions Pembroke Wanderers lost 3-4 to UCD at Belfield, while Corinthains beat Railway Union 4-2, YMCA hammered Rathgar 5-1 and Glenanne moved into the top half of the table with a 3-0 victory over Fingal.

ORIENTEERING: A team of eight is traveling to the European Youth Orienteering Championships in Portugal, with the first races on October 24. The team is:  Girls – W16 Caoimhe O’Boyle; W18 Niamh Corbett, Roisin Long, Aoife Mc Cavana. Boys –  M16 Peter Meehan, Paul Pruzina; M18 Niall Mc Carthy, Jonathan Quinn.

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