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Connacht Closed - Grade A Report

posted 1 Feb 2010, 02:01 by Connacht Branch Badminton   [ updated 3 Feb 2010, 16:28 ]
The Connacht Closed Championships (Grade A) took place on Saturday 30th January in Galway Lawn Tennis Club. The event saw the best badminton talent from across Connacht come together for a full day of Singles, Doubles and Mixed competitions. Starting at 10am and finishing up just before 9pm, 44 players took part and between them played nearly 100 matches. The honours were spread across the province - Galway took the Ladies Singles, Sligo took the Mens Singles and Mens Doubles, Roscommon were victorious in the Ladies Doubles and a Galway / Sligo pairing won out in the Mixed Doubles. A small Mayo contingent managed a runners-up medal in the Ladies Singles.

There were many stand-out matches played, but the highlights were perhaps the Mens Singles and Mens Doubles finals. Both resulted in victories for Fintan Keown of Sligo Tennis Club, along with his partner Graeme Watt in the doubles, in two incredibly close games. In the Singles, Damian Hehir of GLTC had a 17-13 and 20-17 lead in the final set, but lost out to the Sligo man 23-21 in the decider. In the doubles, Mark Dolan and Joseph Keown brilliantly staged multiple comebacks in the 3rd set, reversing 10-3 and 15-12 deficits to take the final set to a nail-biting score of 18-18, before Fintan and Graeme clinched it. Fintan and his partner Catriona Farrell of Cortoon also took the Mixed Doubles, narrowly overcoming Bryan & Emer Lalor of GLTC in the final. And in the Ladies Doubles, Strokestown pairing Corina & Audrey Delaney were too strong for the GLTC pairing of Helen Sheehan and Claire Kenny, taking the final in straight sets. However, earlier in the day, Helen Sheehan won the Ladies Singles against a very promising Aine Leneghan from Newport in Mayo.

The semi-finals and finals are all listed below, and for a full round-up of all matches, see the attached spreadsheet (Connacht scoresheet.xlsx). Full-size photos attached ( and in the attachments), thumbnails at the bottom.


Semi-final #1
Fintan Keown (Sligo TC) bt Bryan Lalor (GLTC)
21-16, 21-16

Semi-final #2
Damian Hehir (GLTC) bt Graeme Watt (Sligo TC)
21-10, 14-21, 21-8

Fintan Keown (Sligo TC) bt Damian Hehir (GLTC)
21-19, 13-21, 23-21


(no semi finals, top two from group stage went straight to final)

Helen Sheehan (GLTC) bt Aine Leneghan (Newport)
21-16, 21-15


Semi-final #1
Fintan Keown / Graeme Watt (Sligo TC) bt Guillaume Meunier (NUIG) / Ross Creaven (Claregalway)
21-11, 21-13

Semi-final #2
Mark Dolan / Joseph Keown (Sligo TC) bt Padraic O'Dowd / John Kiernan (Boyle)
21-13, 21-19

Fintan Keown / Graeme Watt (Sligo TC) bt Mark Dolan / Joseph Keown (Sligo TC)
21-18, 18-21, 21-18


(no semi finals, top two from group stage went straight to final)

Corina Delaney / Audrey Delaney (Strokestown) bt Claire Kenny / Helen Sheehan (GLTC)
21-11, 21-14


Semi-final #1
Fintan Keown (Sligo) / Catriona Farrell (Cortoon) bt Colm Franks / Aoife Mooney (Oranmore)
21-13, 21-14

Semi-final #2
Bryan Lalor / Emer Lalor (GLTC) bt Cormac O'Connor / Claire Kenny (GLTC)
21-12, 21-14

Fintan Keown (Sligo) / Catriona Farrell (Cortoon) bt Bryan Lalor / Emer Lalor (GLTC)
21-18, 21-17

Aine Leneghan (Newport), Ladies Singes RU

Helen Sheehan (GLTC), Ladies Singles Winner

Helen Sheehan / Claire Kenny (GLTC), Ladies Doubles RU

Corina Delaney / Audrey Delaney (Strokestown), Ladies Doubles Winners

Joseph Keown (and Mark Dolan) from Sligo TC, Mens Doubles RU

Fintan Keown / Graeme Watt (Sligo TC), Mens Doubles Winners

Emer Lalor / Bryan Lalor (GLTC), Mixed Doubles RU

Fintan Keown (Sligo TC) / Catriona Farrell (Cortoon), Mixed Doubles Winners

Fintan Keown (Sligo TC), Mens Singles Winner

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Mixed Doubles semi final #1

Mixed Doubles semi final #2

Connacht Branch Badminton,
1 Feb 2010, 14:24
Connacht Branch Badminton,
1 Feb 2010, 14:24
Connacht Branch Badminton,
1 Feb 2010, 14:24