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Closed Championships, Grade C

posted 9 Dec 2009, 15:52 by Connacht Branch Badminton   [ updated 16 Dec 2009, 03:30 ]
Report below by Adrian Keena.

Mens Singles
Adrian Keena (Castlebar) Anthony McLoughlin (Oranmore)
Mens Doubles
Sean Staunton (Ballinaheglish) and Paul Lynch (Ballaghaderreen) Anthony McKeown and Derek Nolan (Boyle)
Ladies Doubles
Mary Staunton (Ballinaheglish) and Deridre Burke (Boyle) Teresa Finnegan and Paula Nairn
Mixed Doubles
Sean Staunton and Mary Staunton (Ballinaheglish) Paul Lynch and Saoirse Cunniffe (Ballaghaderreen)

*** Full results are online, available here. ***

The over-riding memory of the Connaught Badminton Close Division 5 and 6 2009, which was held in Castlebar on December 5th, will be one of camaraderie and a grand social gathering of those who enjoy the game of badminton rather than one of outstanding athletes competing in cut-throat competition. Many compliments and words of thanks were forthcoming for the organiser in chief, Therese O’Brien, for her attention to detail with the preparations, and in so doing, helping many players to roll back the years and enjoy the game as it had been enjoyed before the Celtic Tiger started roaring! Home-cooking and refreshments were available throughout the long day to enable the weary limbs to continue to strive for victory.

The day began at 10 a.m. for those die-hards who entered the mens singles competition (the ladies proved reluctant to participate in the ladies singles!). Entries were received from every county in Connaught, with clubs such as Letterfrack, Oranmore, Newport, Ballinamore, Ballynaheglish, Boyle, Loughlinn and Sligo well represented as was the host club Castlebar. The eventual winner was Adrian Keena (Castlebar) who overcame Anthony McLoughlin (Oranmore) after a tough battle. Coinciding with the mens singles, singles and doubles competitions were also held for the juniors who travelled to Castlebar. The winner of the boys singles was Gearóid Hughes (Newport) and Janie Fahey (Loughlinn) won the Junior Ladies Singles final. A junior doubles competition was also held with Kevin Keena (Castlebar) and John Finnegan (Ballinamore) proving victorious on this occasion.

Play continued after lunch with the Mens and Ladies Seniors Doubles and Mixed competitions. They were keenly contested but always with great sportsmanship and good humour. The winners of the mens doubles were Sean Staunton (Ballinaheglish) and Paul Lynch (Ballaghaderreen), the ladies doubles was won by Mary Staunton (Ballinaheglish) and Deridre Burke (Boyle) and the mixed doubles by the brother and sister combination of Sean Staunton and Mary Staunton (Ballinaheglish). They held back a very strong challenge from Paul Lynch and Saoirse Cunniffe to win in the tie-breaker in the third set. A great day overall for social badminton as every game was as keenly contested as the mixed final.

Before signing off on this report, it would be remiss if mention were not made of the great catering that was provided by the ladies committee of the host club, Castlebar. Great credit is due to all the ladies who provided such fabulous home-cooking and assisted Therese throughout the day to ensure that no player had to venture out in the terrible weather conditions to keep hunger at bay! Well done ladies and thank you.