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Connacht U17 Open - Results

posted 18 Nov 2009, 00:26 by Connacht Branch Badminton   [ updated 23 Nov 2009, 00:56 ]
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Report by Anthony Walsh.

The Connacht Open U17 Badminton Championships were held in the Ballina Community Sports Centre on 21st / 22nd November 2009. Despite the inclement weather conditions all expected competitors turned up, something for which the host club Ballina would like thank the parents and players from the likes of Lisburn, Dundalk, Dublin, Loughlinn, Sligo, Castlebar and Newport as the big number of entries made the tournament a success.

The Connacht players who played over the week end were: Siobhan Clancy, Jennifer Coleman, Janie Fahey, Elaine Finnegan, Aoibheann Killion, Sophie Knox, Aine Lenigan, Fionnuala Scanlon, Shauna Smith, Conor Caheny, Jonathan Dolan, Mark Jennings, Kevin Keena, Danny Keown, Niall Leahy, Cian McGowan, Cian Scanlon, Conor Scanlon, and David Walsh.

All these players along with those from outside Connacht graced the courts with distinction and made the job of the tournament organizers and referee Aengus Sheerin very easy.

On the playing side of things we had four girls make it through to the quarter finals in the singles, a girls doubles pair of Jennifer Coleman and Aoibheann Killion in the final of the girls doubles, two girls - Siobhan Clancy and Aine Lenigan - together with their partners Adam Jermyn (Dublin) and Ciaran Chambers (Lisburn) in the semi finals of the mixed doubles, two boys - Jonathan Dolan and David Walsh - together with their partners Adam Jermyn (Dublin) and Ciaran Chambers (Lisburn) in the final of the boys doubles, and to top it all the boys singles final was an all Connacht affair when Jonathan Dolan took on David Walsh.

All the Connacht players played well and it was great to see so many of our players at the business end of tournaments, but the experience of those players used to Open competitions showed at vital points in matches and in some cases points lost through unforced errors were the only difference between winning and losing.
Our players that made the finals had mixed fortunes in the Girls doubles: Jennifer and Aoibheann lost out in two sets, while in the boys doubles Jonathan and Adam took the title and David and Ciaran had to be content with the runners up spot.

In the boys singles it was great to see the two boys from Connacht battle it out in the final, these two players have being working at their Badminton for years, and this showed in the standard of Badminton produced, this time David came out on top after two close sets 23/21, 21/15. It was good for David to win his first branch singles open title on home soil, but Jonathan will no doubt be already be looking forward to the next time they met in competition.

So a good enjoyable tournament was had by all, the Ballina Club would like to thank all the players and parents, and the committee that ran things on the day as well as the staff of the sports centre who all made a success of the tournament.