Saturday 16 December 2017

Badminton courts buzzing again

Eddie Cousins made an encouraging start to the new season
Eddie Cousins made an encouraging start to the new season

Wexford players were out in force at the Yonex Autumn Open in Terenure, one of the first main competitions of the new badminton season.

With impressive wins over Gordon Chambers, John Amond (Pembroke) and Jon McCreedy (Hamilton Road), Taghmon's Eddie Cousins eventually lost to the overall winner, on-form player Tony Stephenson (Alpha Badminton), in the men's singles.

On the other side of the draw, Shane Kehoe (Gorey) lost out to seeded player Jack O'Brien.

Clodagh Dunne had much the same fate as Cousins with impressive ladies' singles wins over Karen Nelson (Old Bawn) and Prtra Rosolova (Ailesbury Badminton Club), only to lose out to eventual winner Sara Boyle (Badminton Ireland Academy) 16-21, 21-13, 21-17.

Men's doubles saw Cousins partner up with Niall Gannon (Ailesbury) and they too claimed a couple of scalps before losing out to beaten finalists Dan Magee and Mark Topping.

Mixed doubles though is where Wexford most impressed with the pairing of the Taghmon duo Cousins and Dunne.

Steady play got them through the early rounds to meet the fancied pairing of Owen Marron and Jennie King. An encounter well worth watching saw the Wexford pairing winning on a tight scoreline of 16-21, 26-24, 21-17.

This got them to the all-important final where they faced number one seeds Stuart Lightbody and Crona Rooney. On this occasion though the Alpha and KADCA players proved too strong with the win although the Wexford duo had decent chances to take it to a third set. The final score was 21-13, 23-21.

In the ladies' doubles, Dunne paired up with earlier foe Jennie King and had an impressive run of wins right up to the final where they faced Mount Pleasant players Fiona and Pauline Glennon.

This really could have went either way with a set each but the Glennon ladies edged it in the third (16-21, 21-13, 21-18).

Overall it was a commendable performance by Wexford players in what is an extremely high-class fixture, so hats off to all.

Wexford badminton's domestic season is now kicking into gear with the first league details to be announced very shortly.

Clubs should now be well under way to being prepared for what will be a jam-packed season.

Those wishing to return to playing badminton or begin for the first time are more than welcome.

To find out where your nearest club is or if you intend to set up a new club, Wexford badminton will do everything needed to assist.

Post a question on Wexford badminton's Facebook page or call Chairman Jimmy Butler on 087-2789055.

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