Para Swimming Championship Closes & O'Brien Wins Gold | Weekend Round Up

Para Swimming Championship Closes & O'Brien Wins Gold | Weekend Round Up Para Swimming Championship Closes & O'Brien Wins Gold | Weekend Round Up
Bella Johnson

Rowing

After a weekend at World Cup II in Poland, Ireland Rowing came home with six medals. 

Katie O’Brien won a Gold medal in the PR2 single sculls para event. O’Brien secured her gold with an incredible world record time of 9:14.65.

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The team also came home with a bronze from Fiona Murtagh and Emily Hegarty in the W2, a silver from Sanita Pušpure and Zoe Hyde in the W2x, a bronze from Margaret Cremen and Lydia Heaphy in the W2x and a bronze medal for the W4 team (Eimear Lambe, Tara Hanlon, Aifric Keogh and Natalie Long).

Women's National Team

Lily Agg made a stunning debut during Ireland's match against the Philippines. The first half goal from the debutante secured the 1-0 win for the team in Antalya, Turkey.

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The International Friendly match was set up to help the WNT acclimate to playing in the heat ahead of their 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Georgia on Monday, June 27th.

World Para Swimming Championships

Team Ireland came away from the World Para Swimming Championships with five medals between the group.

Ellen Keane took home a silver medal in the competitive SB8 100m Breaststroke Final coming in just 0.8 seconds behind Anastasiya Dmytriv of Spain and less than 0.7 seconds ahead of Katarina Roxon of Canada. 

Even after Covid hindered Keane’s training before the championships earlier in the month, the swimmer managed to smash her fastest time of the season by four seconds for a time of 1:22.20. 

Earlier in the week, Nicole Turner won two bronze medals for team Ireland; one in the SM6 200m Individual Medley Final and the other in the S6 50m Butterfly Final.

Róisín Ní Riain joined turner in securing two bronze medals during the championship. Ní Riain won the first medal in Madeira for Team Ireland with her time of 1.09.05 in the 100m S13 Butterfly Final, and her second bronze in the S13 100m Backstroke Final.

Hockey

Over the weekend, Ireland Women’s Hockey won their second game of the SoftCo series against world number 10 side Japan after a 0-2 loss in the first game.

The green army took on Japan and secured a 1-0 win at UCD on Sunday. The first quarter penalty corner goal was scored by Naomi Carroll.

The series between Ireland and Japan will wrap up at the end of the week with the final two games on June 23 (5:00pm) and June 24 (7:00pm).

Athletics

At the Continental Tour Silver meeting in Madrid, Sarah Lavin managed to cinch yet another PB in the 100m hurdles with a time of 12.93. 

Lavin’s time secured her a second place finish just 0.05 seconds behind Denmark’s Mette Graversgaard.

The runner’s previous PB at 12.94 was set just last week, and Lavin seems to be creeping up towards the all-time Irish national record currently held by former Olympian Derval O’Rourke.

Lavin has yet to hit the automatic qualifying standards for the upcoming World Championships in Oregon, but based on her world rankings, she is sitting in good standings. 

LPGA Tour

Leona Maguire ended the Meijer LPGA Classic in a Tie for 2nd place after a playoff loss to American Jennifer Kupcho at Blythefield Country Club in Michigan.

Maguire carded a final round 65 to finish on 18 under for the tournament and forced the playoff with Kupcho.

French Oaks (Prix de Diane)

Hollie Doyle made history on Sunday during the Prix de Diane at Chantilly on Sunday. 

After winning her first two starts of the season at Haydock and Newbury, Doyle became the first female jockey to win in a French classic race with her favoured mount Nashwa.

Doyle and Nashwa started the race strong despite a possible less than desirable draw that landed the horse in stall two.

The jockey currently holds the record for victories in a single season by a female rider in the UK.

Boxing

Irish boxer Aoife O’Rourke won a gold medal at Haringey Box Cup on Sunday.

It has been a big summer for the O’Rourke family with Aoife’s sister Lisa O’Rourke having won gold at the World Boxing Championships in Istanbul just last month. 

AFL Europe Euro Cup

The Irish Banshees won the AFL Euro Cup to secure a belated 3-peat. 

Despite a change in management at the start of 2021, the Irish Banshee team continued to establish themselves as the team to beat.

The extremely successful team joined AFL Europe back in 2010, and they have since won the Euro Cup eight times.

TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship

Following round 2 of the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship, four spots remain up for grabs in the knockout stage.

As of now the quarter finals will see the reigning champions Meath as well as 2021 finalists Dublin, Mayo and Galway. The only two teams that are definitely slated to miss out on the elimination rounds are Tipperary and Cavan.

Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship

Cork secured their place in the semi-final of the Glen Dimplex All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship after an arduous 0-16 to 0-10 victory over Waterford at Walsh Park.

A draw at Cusack Park pulled out an exciting rally from Clare for a come back from a 5 point deficit to end the game agent Dublin 1-09 all.

Tipperary defeated Wexford 0-15 to 1-11 after a solid start for Wexford. Unfortunately for Wexford, Tipp’s victory means the team will have to win their July 2 match if they have any hope of continuing on in the championship.

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