Setanta surprise North Dublin to take all three points

Setanta and Ireland goalkeeper Chris Hodgkinson
Freestyle with Gerry O'Neill

SETANTA served notice that they will be no pushover on their return to the Premier Division of the National League when they picked up three useful points in a 10-9 win over North Dublin at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin.

Goals from Declan McKerr (three), Éamon Kerr, Michael Dempsey (two), Cathal Fitzpatrick, Brendan Campfield and Ronan McClean (one apiece) were enough to give the Belfast side a surprise, but thoroughly deserved, three points.

Brugha had another successful day on Saturday when all three of their National League teams picked up maximum points in their respective competitions.

The men's Premier League side came from 4-6 behind coming up to half-time to score six goals in-a-row against a Sandycove side who found it almost impossible to beat Ireland's most capped goalkeeper Chris Hodgkinson.

Eleven players got on the score sheet for the women's team in a 22-5 romp against Trinity with former swimmer Katie Oparka scoring her first ever hat trick.

The reserve teams of Brugha and Clonard had a good old fashioned tussle on Saturday in Falls Leisure Centre in Div 2 of the National League with Brugha shading it 12-10.

Grads got their Div 3 campaign off to a winning double with wins over Clontarf (10-0) and North Dublin 2nds(10-9). Gareth Mann, Kieran O'Reilly and Nicky Birch did the bulk of the scoring.

The main event this week is the Irish Junior Cup (Under19) which started in Limerick last night.

Grads Clonard and Brugha are in the boys competition with Donegall Diamonds the only Ulster representatives in the five team girls event.

Ards meanwhile were the dominant club when they won seven of the 10 relay races at the annual War Memorial gala at the Aurora Complex in Bangor.

Bangor won two titles with the North Down duopoly broken by the Ballymoney club who won the boys U.12 4x50m freestyle relay.

Larne's Conor Ferguson was the only individual Ulster and Irish record breaker when he clocked 25.90 in the Backstroke leg of the men's 4x50m medley relay to set a new junior best time.

The only other record to fall was the Women's 4x50m Medley when Ards bettered their own previous best time.


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