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Ipswich pair Nicky Hunt and Michael Peart through to next stage of Olympic qualifying

PUBLISHED: 10:43 02 April 2012

Nicky Hunt and Michael Peart

Nicky Hunt and Michael Peart

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IPSWICH-based duo Michael Peart and Nicky Hunt have both secured their places in the second round of qualifying for the Olympic Games.

Hunt will join veteran Alison Williamson, who has been to five previous Olympic Games, Amy Oliver, Naomi Folkard, Beccy Martin and Charlotte Burgess in two weekends’ time when two men and two women will be eliminated.

Sunday’s selection shoot saw the number whittled down from 17 to 12 with Peart finishing third in the men’s section on 2,616, behind winner, Larry Godfrey and Lincolnshire’s Simon Terry.

Peart finished six points ahead of Alan Wills, with Rob Hallworth and Andrew Randall the other two shooters to advance as Jon Shales, Sean Evans, Tom Barber and Mark Nesbitt fell by the wayside.

Archery GB performance director Sara Symington said: “It was a very tense, competitive, dramatic weekend, as you’d expect. There were some fantastic performances, some thrilling sub-plots, and for 12 archers the dream lives on.”

The top three men and the top three women will compete at the three-day final shoot from April 19-21 will then compete at Lord’s at this summer’s Olympics.

FA Youth Cup Fourth Round

Ipswich Town U18s 2

Dagenham & Redbridge U18s 1

Ipswich Town’s U18 Academy boss Alan Lee praised his side after they progressed in the FA Youth Cup after beating Dagenham & Redbridge 2-1 at Portman Road last night.

FA Youth Cup

Ipswich Town 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 1

Ipswich Town U18 Academy boss Alan Lee is hoping his young charges can keep up the proud Blues tradition of success in youth football, with victory against Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tonight, at Portman Road, 7pm ko.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes young defender Chris Smith returned from his loan spell at Chelmsford ‘more of a bloke’ and is hopeful he has a first team future.

Ipswich Town U23 3

QPR 0

Ben Morris hit a brace and Aaron Drinan opened his account in a blue shirt as an experienced Ipswich Town under 23 side eased past QPR 3-0 at Playford Road today, writes Kieren Standley.

FA Women’s Premier League

South East Division One

Ipswich Town 9

Haringey Borough 0

Ipswich Town Ladies bounced back from last Sunday’s disappointing FA Cup exit to Charlton with an emphatic 9-0 trouncing of bottom of the league Haringey Borough at the Goldstar Ground in Felixstowe, writes Kieren Standley.

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen is set to appeal the red card given to Eunan O’Kane following his altercation with Jonas Knudsen.

Episode Six: Stuart Watson and Andy Warren are back for another episode of the Kings of Anglia podcast to discuss the win over Leeds, Portman Road atmosphere and the latest transfer news.

Bersant Celina revealed just how much the adulation of the Ipswich Town fans means to him after his latest match-winning effort.

It’s that kind of season. Just when everything seems to be miserable, and the fans’ anger is mounting, along comes a victory to lighten the mood. At least temporarily, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

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