Echo Sport in Review: August 2022
Ireland’S first Taekwondo Olympian Jack Woolley moved up to a higher weight of -63kg and secured a bronze medal at the Riga Open World & European Ranked event.
Meanwhile, at the same event, Woolley’s South Dublin Taekwondo teammate Leroy Nsilu Dilandu stormed to his very first gold medal in -74kg Senior Male division with a 2-0 win over Norway’s Sebastian Thune.
Later, Woolley produced a string of impressive performances at the Manchester Regional Arena to earn a third-place finish at the World Taekwondo Grand Prix Series III.
Round Tower adult hurler Eric Finn captained the Underdogs team that went puck-for-puck with Allianz Hurling League Champions Waterford.
Tallaght native Shauna Bannon made her debut in the premier international female mixed martial arts promotion, Invicta Fighting Championship, with flying colours to card a win over Mexican fighter, Nadia Vera.
After almost 30 years working for The Echo, sports editor Stephen Leonard wrote his final piece for the paper to take a career break and focus on spending more time with his family.
Republic of Ireland made history when they beat Scotland 1-0 at Hampden Park to qualify for the World Cup Finals for the first time, which is being held in Australia and New Zealand in 2023.
There was plenty of local interest in the Ireland team that qualified, with Kilnamanagh’s Katie McCabe captaining the squad which contained the likes of Áine O’Gorman (Peamount United), Amber Barrett (formerly Peamount) and Blessington native Louise Quinn.
Following a difficult opening weekend, DBS Éanna and Griffith College Templeogue picked up their first wins of the new InsureMyVan.ie Men’s Super League season.
Faughs made an immediate return to the top ranks of adult hurling after reaching the Senior Two Hurling Championship Final – where they were ultimately stopped by Whitehall Colmcille – and they were named The Echo Team of the Month for October.
BMA Clondalkin can boast a world silver medallist in its ranks after Amy Wade claimed the second place podium finish for the world accolade in the -55kg LC category in the WAKO World Kickboxing Children, Cadets and Junior Championships.
Templeogue’s Ellen Walshe was named 2022 Swimmer of the Year at the Swim Ireland Awards after making history with a silver medal at the 2021 World Short Course Championships – becoming Ireland’s first female to win a world medal.
Bohernabreena’s Anthony Cross rounded off another memorable Irish motor-racing season with a double success at the Kirkistown Racing Circuit in Co Down and was named The Echo Sports Star of the Month for October.
Commercials elevated their hurling championship journey to the next level when they blitzed Lucan Sarsfields in Dublin Junior ‘A’ Final – qualifying the Rathcoole club for the Leinster deciders.
Lucan Sarsfields fell foul in both the Junior Five and Intermediate Football Championships, losing out to St Jude’s and Ballyboden St Enda’s respectively.
A late goal from Shauna Feely at the National Games Development Centre in Abbotstown helped Ballyboden St Enda’s to secure the Dublin Minor Camogie Division One Championship crown on a score of 3-12 to 1-15 against Lucan Sarsfields.
At the Under 16s grade in ladies football, the Firhouse Road club enjoyed more success when their ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams won their championships.
Shamrock Rovers secured their third SSE Airtricity League Premier Division title in-a-row after second-placed Derry City left two crucial points on the table in a 0-0 draw with Sligo Rovers.
Na Gaeil Óga had an historic day when the Under 13 camogie team won the club’s first ever under-age championship final on Sunday, October 30, defeating Na Fianna (3-0 to 2-0) in Coláiste Pádraig, DCU.
The football edition of the Cumann na mBunscoil finals took place at Croke Park with Scoil Maelruain, St Mary’s BNS, St Patrick’s Glencullen, Divine Word NS, Holy Family and Gaelscoil Inse Chór all securing titles.
Pick up the January 5th edition of The Echo Newspaper to read our full Sport in Review 2022.