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Squash: Ulster trio shine on European big stage

Elie McVeigh was Ulster's star of the show in the Nordic Open in Malmo, finishing third in the Under 13 section.

The tournament is part of the Super Series in the junior calendar and therefore attracts the cream of European players.

And Ulster's three representatives demonstrated once again that they can compete with Europe's finest.

Ellie won her first three group matches – all by 3-0 – against players from Switzerland and Sweden as well as the French number one.

That booked the Ballynafeigh youngster's place in the semi-finals where she came up against the European number one Alina Bushman of the Ukraine.

Ellie played extremely well before going down 3-2.

The youngster bounced back to take third place by beating Swiss number one Cassandra Fitz 3-0 in a play-off.

Ellie has risen from fourth to third in Europe thanks to her efforts in Malmo.

Ulster's Michael Craig (David Lloyd) also had a very good tournament, finishing fifth overall in the Under 19 section.

Craig had wins over Czech Republic and Danish opponents before losing 3-0 to England's Angus Gillams in the quarter-finals.

Craig then defeated two Czech players, Jan Ryba and Jacob Solinkey, 3-0 to take fifth spot, which edges him into Europe's top 10.

Ulster's other representative Stephen Hearst produced some great displays to finish 12th in the Under 15 section.

The Ulster players are in action this weekend in the Ulster Junior Open at the Belfast Boat Club.

Over 70 Irish players will be competing in boys and girls age groups from 11 to 19.

Entry is free and all spectators are very welcome.

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