Irish World Cup Playoffs- Squad Named
This week the squad was named for Ireland's upcoming World Cup qualifying playoff, which will be on Oct. 11. Niamh Farrelly, Roma McLaughlin, Isibeal Atkinson and Kyra Recusa all received recalls, and Niamh Fahey and Jamie Finn are also returning after missing the Slovakia win.
Injuries have already ruled out many players including Megan Connolly, Ellen Molloy, Ruesha Littlejohn and Leanne Kiernan, and on Sunday the team took another blow when Jess Ziu was injured playing for West Ham in their 2-2 draw with London City.
On Oct. 11th Ireland will play the winner of Thursday's match between Scotland and Austria.
IABA Condemns International Boxing Association's Suspension of Ukrainian Federation
The boxing organization for amateurs, led by Russian businessman Umar Kremlev, last week suspended the Ukrainian Federation in a move which prevented them from voting to allow a challenge to Kremlev's leadership. The IBA also required the Ukrainian junior boxing team to compete under the IBA flag at the European Boxing Championships this week; many refused to fight in protest, joined by some athletes from other countries.
The Irish Athletic Boxing Association released a statement emphatically condemning the IBA's actions. The IOC also questioned the move, though in less strident terms, saying they will conduct a full review.
Boxing has already been removed from the 2028 Olympics barring reform; it now seems extremely unlikely it will be restored. Boxing at the 2024 games will be run by the IOC, not the IBA.
Boxing is now in enormous danger of being excluded from the Olympics after Paris 2024. IOC have so far not included boxing in sports for LA 2028 and want to see major reforms from the IBA, who have instead backed Russian president Umar Kremlev and voted against fresh election.
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) September 25, 2022
European Boxing Junior Championships
Amidst the controversy, Ireland's team has been performing brilliantly at the championships. Niamh Keogh and Grace Conway have both earned at least a silver and are looking to win gold in the finals, and Sofie Curley and Alfie Jordan have finished with bronze medals. Keogh secured her medal with a win over Lana Paljusic of Croatia, and Conway hers after defeating Turkey's Balta Humyra.
Women's National League- Wexford Youths in Lead
Four teams are left competing for the SSE Airtricity Women's National League title: Shelbourne, Peamount United, Athlone Town, and Wexford Youths. Wexford Youths matain a narrow lead at the top of the table, despite a 2-1 defeat to Athlone Town. This was Athlone's first victory over them in the league and one which dramatically narrows the gap at the top of the table.#
The @LoiWomen just keeps on giving.
A huge result as @AthloneTownAFC beat the current leaders, @YouthsWomen.
There's just three points between first and fourth with three games to play! 😳
W. Youths 52 pts
Shels 51 pts
Peamount 49 pts
Athlone 49 pts https://t.co/BWc3dIckL5
— Her Sport (@HerSportDotIE) October 1, 2022
FA Women's League Cup- Mustaki and Campbell Score
Over in the FA Women's League, Ireland's Chloe Mustaki and Megan Campbell both scored for their teams: Mustaki one goal for Bristol City in their 4-0 defeat of Crystal Palace yesterday, and Campbell the only goal in Liverpool's 1-0 win over Sunderland Ladies.
National Women's Soccer League- O'Sullivan's Team Out of Playoffs
Denise O'Sullivan's American team, the North Carolina Courage, failed to win a spot in the NWSL playoffs after a 0-0 draw with the San Diego Wave. That match left the Courage waiting on other teams' results to see if they would still make the playoffs, but the Chicago Red Stars' 2-0 defeat of Angel City on Sunday ensured Courage was out of the postseason.
It truly hurts not to have made it to the play offs, but I’m very proud of my team and the progress we have made. Thank you to the fans who have stuck by us every step of the way. We will be back , Already can’t wait for 2023 🏻 pic.twitter.com/BlbXZQedEW
— Denise O'Sullivan (@OSullivanDenise) October 3, 2022
GAA, LGFA and Camogie Association Integration
Former president of Ireland Mary McAleese has been appointed as an independent Chairperson overseeing the integration of the GAA, LGFA, and Camogie Association. Mark Dorman was named as Project Manager.
Energia AIL League
In a rescheduled match from Round 1, Suttonians beat Cooke 15-7, with Cooke's Ilse Van Staden and the Suttonians' Emma Jordan and Janita Kareta scoring tries.
Energia AIL | Round 3 | League Table
Updated after Round 1 rescheduled game | Cooke v Suttonians#energiaail #nothinglikeit #weloverugby pic.twitter.com/JZ7IR845BG
— The22Rugby (@the22rugby) September 30, 2022