Sport Year in Review 2019: March

By Hayden Moore

JUST a fortnight after winning the Turkish Open, Ireland’s top Olympic Taekwondo competitor, Jack Woolley captured silver in the US equivalent.

GRAHAM Shaw stepped down as Ireland Senior Women’s Hockey Team Head Coach to take over the New Zealand Senior International women’s side.

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Brendan Hyland secured three gold medals and broke two Irish senior records in March

THREE gold medals and two Irish senior records in the 2019 Irish Open Swimming Championships saw Brendan Hyland named as The Echo Sports Star of the Month for March.

NIAMH Coyne made it a hat-trick of wins at the Irish Open when she won the Women’s 50m, 100m Breaststroke, and 200m Breaststroke while Temple-ogue’s Ellen Walshe carded four lifetime bests on her way to as many national titles at the same tournament.

AT THE 2019 Irish Open in Citywest Convention Centre, Tallaght Martial Arts recorded one of their best showings at the competition, winning 12 gold, six silver and 17 bronze, while Bushido Clondalkin finished with five bronze, and the Riddell brothers Zak and Jake took gold and bronze medals back to LJays Elite.

IT WAS a clean sweep for Liffey Celtics in the Dublin Women’s and Girls Basketball Cup Finals, bagging the Under 13,14,15,17,18 and Senior honours.

DSD’S Peadar McGing departed the National Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships in Athlone laden down with medals after winning the M60 200m, 400m, High Jump and Long Jump while also finishing runner-up in the 60m.

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DSD’S Peadar McGing left the National Masters Championships with four gold medals and one silver

ALSO at National Masters Indoor Track and Field Championships, Lucan Harriers AC struck gold with their Ladies Relay team of Claire Johnston, Carol Kearney, Laura McAteer and Annette Durkan, as Kearney also topped the podium in the W50 400m.

DONORE Harriers were no strangers to the podium either, winning five gold, two silvers and one bronze.

GRIFFITH College joined forces with Templeogue Basketball Club to provide 12 full scholarships to six male and six female players.

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Knocklyon’s Alan Power with parents Rosaleen and Joe after he won two bronze medals at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

LOCAL Special Olympics athletes played their part in a hugely successful World Games in Abu Dhabi with several of them reaching the podium in an event that involved 7,000 athletes from 170 countries.

THE Three Rock Rovers juggernaut rolled on as the club retained yet another trophy, storming back from two goals down to win the Mills Cup with a 4-2 victory over Glenanne.

TUD Tallaght Boxing Club carded three wins at the All-Ireland Intervarsity league.

BOTH David Phelan and Emma Cahill earned the spotlight for South Dublin Taekwondo after they both carded silver medal wins at the Belgian Open.

TEMPLEOGUE Bas-ketball Club saw two of their five Dublin Cup finalists scoop county honours when the Under 14 Boys won their respective decider and the Division Five Men’s secured the Junior Cup.

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Templeogue Under 14 Boys took on Dublin Sonics in the Dublin Cup decider and ran out 86-43 winners.

DUBLIN Lions made it two from two in the Dublin Cup Final after both their Under 18s and 13s emerged triumphant from their respective title games.

ÉANNA Under 12s recorded a 47-31 point victory over UCD Marian to raise the Dublin Cup.

AFTER a stunning season that culminated with the Men’s National Basketball League title and a return to the Super League ranks, DBS Éanna were declared The Echo Team of the Month for March.

TALLAGHT’S Katie McCabe penned a new long-term contract exten-sion with Arsenal Women.

IT WAS a day to remember for Peamount United following the success of their Under 14s and 16s in their respective All-Ireland Challenge Cup Finals.

DONORE Harriers Ann Woodlock was back scaling great heights in international masters athletics after she won gold in the W80 3000m at the World Indoor Champion-ships in Poland.

RHASIDAT Adeleke of Tallaght AC was in fantastic form at the National Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone where she won both the Under 18 60m and 200m.

WINNIE Christina McDonagh secured her return to the European stage after winning the Girls Open Senior Cadet Light Welterweight title at the National Stadium.

LUKE Keeler got his hands back on the WBO European Middleweight strap when he beat Conrad Cummings.

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Ballyboden St Enda’s Under 14s won the top tier at the Camogie Féile with a 2-1 to 0-1 win over Lucan Sarsfields.

THERE was plenty of local camogie féile success as Ballyboden St Enda’s won the Division One crown and St Jude’s captured the Division Three equivalent.

TALLAGHT Martial Arts students turned in tremendous performances at the Kickboxing Ireland National Championships in Carrickmacross, winning 33 gold, 12 silver and six bronze medals.

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