Ní Riain Wins Bronze as Lavin Hits PB | Weekend Roundup

Ní Riain Wins Bronze as Lavin Hits PB | Weekend Roundup
Bella Johnson
Bella Johnson

World Para Swimming Championships

This week marks the 2022 World Para Swimming Championships in Madeira, Portugal.

In their first big event since the Tokyo Paralympics, Team Ireland sent five swimmers to represent the country: Nicole Turner, Barry McClements, Róisín Ní Riain, Amy Sheridan and Ellen Keane. 


Yesterday kicked off the Championship, and Róisín Ní Riain is already a bronze medalist. The teenager swam a 1.09.05 in the Women’s 100m S13 Butterfly. 

Ní Riain was able to hold off Polish swimmer Joanna Mendak to secure the bronze medal by just 0.25 of a second. 

The Limerick athlete will be back in the pool competing later today in the Women’s 100 S13 Backstroke Final.

Ladies European Tour & DP World Tour

Swede Linn Grant made history this weekend by annihilating her male and female competition to become the first female winner of a DP World Tour event at the 2022 Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed.

The 22-year-old won by nine strokes which brought her to 24 under par. Her closest competitors were fellow Swede Henrik Stenson and Scotland’s Marc Warren in a tie on 15 under.

The golfer started the day off strong by birdying five of her first six holes to take an early lead, and managed eight birdies total to round out the best week of her career so far.

Grant, having only turned professional last year after a college career at Arizona State University, already has three LET titles under her belt as well as six international victories.

For the second year running, DP World Tour members and leading players on the Ladies European Tour came together in Sweden.

This co-sanctioned event featured a field of 78 men and 78 women playing in the same groups for one prize fund and one trophy, the only tournament of its kind on both the DP World Tour and PGA TOUR. 

This year’s tournament also had an increased prize fund of US $2million, which is up from the €1million purse for 2021.

TG4 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship

The start of the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Football Championships took place this weekend and clocked wins from Meath, Dublin, Mayo, Donegal, and Kerry in the first round. 

Meath put up 1-13 to Monaghan’s 0-1 with Stacey Grimes scoring eight points for the reigning All-Ireland Champions.

Dublin came out on top scoring 5-14 to Cavan’s 2-4. Dublin’s Carla Rowe scored 2-3 for the Leinster champs after a recent injury setback.

Mayo had ten points on Tipperary with 1-16 to 1-6. Mayo’s goal being scored by Lisa Cafferky in the first half. 

Donegal outscored Waterford 0-10 to 1-5, with seven of those Donegal points being scored by Geraldine McLaughlin, but it was Yvonne Bonner’s point towards the end of the game which put Donegal 2 points ahead, sealing their victory.

Galway fell two points shy in a close match against Kerry, 3-10 to 3-8. Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh was the standout player of the game as she kicked eight points to lead Kerry to victory.


Over in Slovakia, Irish athlete Sarah Lavin ran a personal best of 12.94 in the 100m hurdles to take 2nd place in the Continental Tour event.  This time places Lavin 2nd all-time in the Irish national record list, just 0.29 seconds behind former Olympian Derval O’Rourke.

Women’s National League

Wexford Youths shocked Shelbourne 1-0 this past weekend putting an end to Shels’ seven game unbeaten streak.

Jess Lawler scored the only goal of the game in the second half after she successfully blocked a clearance attempt by Shelbourne’s Amanda Budden to rebound the ball into the net. 

Elsewhere, Sligo Rovers fell to Peamount United.A Hat-trick from Stephanie Roche helped to seal Peamount’s compelling 5-0 win.

Cork city also came out of round 14 victorious with a 2-1 win over Treaty United after a late goal from Lauren Singleton.

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