SPORTS SHORTS

•Athenry Soccer club is hosting a table quiz on Friday February 26 in the Raheen Woods Hotel, Athenry. The entry fee is €10 per person per team of four. Winners’ prizes, spot prizes and finger food are included. For further information contact Ronan 0866052131 or Pat 0872236519.

•The national sport of Thailand, Muay Thai, is becoming a popular pasttime in Ireland, and on February 27 “Extreme Fighting -The Return” comes to the Menlo Park Hotel. The headline fight on the bill is an Irish Muaythai Council light middleweight defence between the champion Karl Joyce from Pat McEvoy's Gym in Galway and challenger Jonathan Bracken from the Bridgestone club in Dublin, fought under full Muay Thai professional rules over five rounds of three minutes each. Promoter Dave Joyce's gym, SEAMA Academy, features strongly on the bill with a wide range of fighters from up-and-coming 15-years-old Colin Fahy to the experienced duo of Martin Conroy and Mike Harty. Tickets are €20 in advance/€25 on the door from the Menlo Park Hotel, or from SEAMA Academy in Liosban Industrial Estate.

•Galway United Supporters Trust will hold a general knowledge table quiz this evening, (Thursday February 18 ) in Crowes Bar, Bohermore (9pm ). Entry fee is €40 per table of four, and there will also be a raffle on the night. The quiz will be preceded by a meeting of GUST at 8pm. United season tickets, Champions League draw tickets and GUST membership will be available from 8pm to 11.30pm. GUST will be running a bus to the friendly against Limerick FC at Milebush Park next Sunday (February 21 KO 2pm ). The bus will depart from the Marriott Hotel, Headford Road at 12.30pm. To book a seat contact Ronan 087-6972823. GUST will have a season ticket stand upstairs in Elverys Sports, Galway Retail Park, Headford Road on Saturday from 11am to 5pm.

• Bearna Basketball Club held a successful fashion show recently with the funds raised donated to both the club and Haiti Earthquake Appeal. Local youngters took part in the show, modeling Communion and Confirmation wear, while the parents also modelled the latest fashions.

•Bearna Basketball Club’s u-13 girls played Ardrahan in a league game in St Mary’s on Sunday with the starting five of Sophie Coll, Sadhbh Kelly-Grealy, Caoimhe Faherty, Steffie Villaruel and Sarah Coyne building up a healthy lead by the end of the first quarter. The second quarter five of Ailbhe Greally, Ellie Noone, Maeve Garrity, Roisin Nolan and Beth Dowling kept up the pressure, increasing the lead by half time. The third quarter stsrted with a completely new five and, showing the strength of the squad, this five again played excellently with Kate Brady as ball handler scoring four points. The other members of the third quarter five were Therese O’Hara, Vicki Langan, Rachel Tarpey and Mary Byrne.With a big lead, plenty of substitutes were made in the final quarter and Bearna ran out comfortable winners in the end.

• The Bearna Basketball Club’s u-12 girls recently participated in the KABB Open Basketball Tournament in Killarney. The team overcame Ballincollig of Cork by 30-20 and Limerick Celtics 40-16 before losing to Templeogue of Dublin 26 - 24. Lead scorer for Barna was Sophie Coll, while Maeve Corcoran, Anna Golden, Vicki Langen, Meabh McDonagh, Stephanie Villurell, Samantha Curran, Laura Feehan, Hannah Carey. and Ailbhe Keady also registered scores.

•The next installment of the Galway Triathlon Club lecture series will look at sports nutrition, and core and strength training. This is a double lecture looking at two important building blocks for making stronger athletes. Orla Slevin, a qualified nutritionist, will give a talk on pre-race, race and post-race nutrition strategies, while Sarah Thornton will talk on the importance of flexibility and core strength training. The session will be followed with a questions and answers session. The talk will take place on Monday March 8 in the Radisson Blu Hotel at 7pm. For more information visit www.galwaytriathlonclub.com

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