Clodagh claims treble in Leinster U-11 Open
WEXFORD PLAYERS competed with distinction in the Leinster Under-15 and Under-11 Open played in Baldoyle Centre. In the Under-15 event, Karen Butler (Davidstown) was the most successful player.
In partnership with Fionualla McCourt, she won the doubles, beating Dubliners Sara Boyle and Aibhe Fusco 22-20, 21-9 in the final. In the singles, she comfortably won her first two matches in two sets.
In the semi-final she dropped the first set 18-21 to Clare Faherty but then came through 21-18, 21-7 to meet her doubles partner in the final. She just failed to win a second title, losing 17-21, 21-16, 15-21.
Karen, partnered by Noel Dunne (Taghmon), reached the quarter-final of the mixed, only to lose a very close game 21-18, 16-21, 17-21 against the Ulster pair of Ryan McBeth and Lauren Moore.
In the boys' singles, Ciarán Lancaster (Monaseed) won a great second round match 22-24, 21-19, 21-14 against Cian Ruane but found number one seed Matthew Lightbody to be too experienced and he lost in two sets. In the doubles, paired with Seán Faherty, he lost in the second round to the Ulster partnership of Mark Lundy and Ryan McBeth in two sets.
Noel Dunne lost out in the second round to Seán Howard 16-21, 18-21, whilst in the doubles, partnered by Nhat Nguyen, he was beaten in the quarter-final in two sets. Declan Carroll (Taghmon) lost a close second round match to Dubliner Enda Moloney. In the doubles, paired with John Byrne, he lost a very tight second round match 22-20, 1921, 16-21.
In the Under-11 championship, Clodagh Dunne (Taghmon) was the dominant girl, winning all three events. In the singles she beat Rebecca Woods 30-26 in the semi-final, and in the final comfortably beat Dubliner Niamh Gannon 30-15.
In the doubles she partnered Kate McGlone to defeat number one seeds Rachel and Rebecca Woods 30-18 in the final. She completed her hat-trick of victories when partnering Kyle Magee to defeat Jamie Topping and Rebecca Woods 30-10 in the final.
Due to her performance in this event and earlier tournaments, Clodagh has now been selected to play on the Leinster Under-13 team for the Celtic Challenge, which will be played in Cardiff on February 12 and 13. This is a great achievement as she will be eligible for the next two years also.