Weekend Roundup

Weekend Roundup Weekend Roundup

A stunning start for Ireland's rugby team 

Scoring a 57-22 win against their hosts, this season's rugby tour in Japan has secured a confident start.

Both Dalton and Deely scored tries, while the rest of the team maintained a confident and consistent game right to the final whistle.

Deely stated after the match "I knew myself once we got the ball in attack we would get going,"  

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"It was a case of when that would happen, it did take us 10 or 15 minutes to get the ball and actually show what our attack was about. What I was really proud of was that we turned around and didn't get our heads down. I think, especially with such a new group, and new caps, we were thinking we really had to step up, and I think we did really well." 

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Ireland officially qualify for the EuroHockey Championships after a landslide victory over turkey 

After a hugely impressive 7-0 win over Turkey at the Sport Ireland Campus, Team Ireland can celebrate as they will see their way to next years EuroHockey Championships  

After a very promising winning streak over the Czech Republic and Poland, they needed at least a draw with Turkey to secure become EuroHockey qualifiers, but never-the-less smashed their opposition gaining their best score of the season  

“Delighted; it’s really important we are competing against the best teams in Europe next summer. It is a stepping stone for [the Olympics in] Paris 2024 and that’s what the past three games are all about,” said Upton, who was voted player of the tournament. 

Ciara Mageean brings home silver for Ireland

Mageean, who finished in a season's best time of four minutes 2.56 seconds, claims a silver medal in the last leg of the European Championships at Munich.

The European championships 1500m final saw Ciara Mageean race one of the best races of her career, officially overcoming some of the rocky moments in her racing career over the past year.

She told RTE afterwards "You have to roll with the punches. If you get too down during the bad times, then sometimes you don’t get back up and ready for the good. I think I have been pretty resilient with the whole process of dealing with the bad.” 

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Sarah Lavin finishes fifth in 100m hurdles final  

After a fantastic performance in the semis, smashing her personal best, Sarah has rounded off the week establishing herself as 5th in Europe for the 100m hurdles.  

She clocked a time of 12.82 after narrowly chasing overall winner Pia Krzyszowska of Poland (12.53) and silver and bronze medalists Luca Kozak of Hungary (12.69) and Ditaji Kambundji of Switzerland (12.74). 

“Back at the start of the year, if you said I’d be fifth in a European final, you’d have to be happy, relatively.” she told RTE after the race 

“I want more, of course I do, that’s just who I am.” 

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Jenny Egan finishes in the top 10 in Europe

Jenny Egan fought her way to sixth place in the canoe sprint single 5000m final on that last day of the European Championships. 

While chasing the medalists, she was also able to successfully hold off her Swedish rival, Rebecka Georgsdotter, in the final sprint to the line.

She earned her place in the top ten with a quality time of  23:32:833.

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Irelands women's 4*400m relay team has finished in sixth place

At the much-anticipated relay final at the European championships in Munich, the women's 400m relay team displayed a strong performance to round off their time at European competitions 

Sophie Becker, Phil Healy, Rhasidat Adeleke and Sharlene Mawdsley crossed the line in a time of 3:26.63, which is just .6 outside the national record. 

Louise Shanahan has finished in top 10 position for Ireland for 800m 

Shanahan clocked an impressive time of 2:01.64 in what was her first senior championships final, securing her 8th place and in the top 10 for Europe. 

She displayed a solid performance throughout the race and was in the middle of the pack as they approached the final bend. However, she drifted out of contention as the pace of the leaders increased in the last stretch. 

SSE Airtricity Women’s National League update  

Wexford youths are slowly catching up to Shelbourne after a 4-1 win over the DLR waves, making them only two points off the defending champions. 

Cork City secure a close 3-2 victory over the Sligo Rovers, Sligo was in fact in the lead up to the 60 minute mark but a spectacular free kick from Eva Mangan brought the victory home for cork  

Galway United win by a landslide against Treaty United as it took less than a minute for the winners to get to the score line thanks to Lynsey McKey. 

Shelbourne unfortunately won't progress in the Women's Champions League

After a great start for Shelbourne, winning 1-0 against ZNK Pomurje, they had to face defeat from Valur of Iceland. 

This sadly means that Shelbourne will not progress into the group stages of the Women's Champions League

After their victory against Pomurje, they would've just needed one more win to qualify for the group stages  

But goals from Cyera Hintzen, Solveig Johannesdottir Larsen and a Leah Doyle own goal saw their Icelandic opponents take the win for the day. In addition, Shelbourne's keeper was sent off for a second bookable offence as she remonstrated with the officials after the final whistle.  

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