Friday 23 February 2018

Clodagh lands major win

Clodagh Dunne in action
Clodagh Dunne in action

Taghmon girl Clodagh Dunne is often making headlines on the domestic badminton front. From club to county, province to country, 15-year-old Clodagh has made huge strides in the last two years.

Now the Wexford girl has gone even one better and made a name for herself on the international scene with a singles title in the quadrangular series tournament. This competition has national teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales and offers both team and individual events.

Used to grabbing the attention of the badminton community, Clodagh has now made the general sporting community sit up and take notice after a win in what is an extremely difficult competition. This feat has never been achieved by a Wexford person before.

Held in Milton Keynes two weeks ago, Dunne, as quoted by Badminton Ireland, was 'the stand-out player of the tournament'.

The team event may not have gone Ireland's way but within the team games Dunne dropped no game which gave a good indication of the type of form she was in.

Once Clodagh reached the individual singles semi-final she found great form against Scotland player Rachel Sugden, and she needed it, winning on a scoreline of 21-18, 23-21. These two tight and hard-fought sets set her up for a final meeting against fancied England player Hope Warner.

Warner, a class player, took the opening set 21-17 and showed she was not the England choice for nothing and went on to have a match point in the second set, but the Wexford girl fought back, remembering some advice from her coach, Naomi Darragh: 'winners don't wait for chances, they take them'.

This fightback saw the Taghmon girl take the second set 25-23, a score which seemed to stun her opponent, and Dunne went on to take the final set 21-8 and the international title back to Wexford for the first time in history.

A member of the Badminton Ireland Academy, Clodagh has put tremendous work in over the past two seasons with this tournament in mind. Aided by a great team within Badminton Ireland, support from her Wexford and Taghmon colleagues and her own hard work has paid off in what has to be one of Wexford's finest sporting results.

Again, a huge thank you to all who have supported Clodagh, especially her parents and immediate family who are tireless in their backing and encouragement.

Keep an eye out for this young Wexford sports star as there is little doubt we will be seeing and hearing more from her in the seasons ahead.

Wexford People

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