Mary's finish fine second
ST. MARY'S (New Ross) finished a fine second in the All-Ireland Schools badminton finals held in Gormanston College, Co. Meath, earlier this month, with the team comprising Gemma Creane, Siobhán Creane, Emily Kent and Louise Bennett.
As Leinster champions, St. Mary's were playing the winners of the provincial championships in Munster, Ulster and Connacht, namely St. Anne's (Killaloe, Co. Clare), O'Sullivan Upper (Belfast) and St. Nathy's (Roscommon).
On final day, St. Mary's beat St. Nathy's 4-2, drew 3-3 with O'Sullivan Upper, and lost 4-2 to St. Anne's (Killaloe).
The scores in all of the games ensured second place overall for the New Ross girls.
It was a fantastic performance and best result ever for the school in the All-Ireland finals.
In Grade 5 of the Leinster inter-league competition, Shelburne have followed up their earlier win against Carlow Y.M. with an equally-impressive 6-0 win against Abbeyleix C.Y.M.S.
This puts them in the semi-final against Johnswell, representing the South West Leinster League. The Shelburne team was Chantal Rowe, Lorraine Dunne, Emily Kent and Gemma Creane, Ciarán Doyle, Paddy Wallace, Peter Kinsella and Martin Kinsella.
I understand that Emily Kent and Gemma Creane are unavailable for the semi-final and their places will be taken by Olive Waters and Clodagh McDonald. Shelburne are also appearing in the semifinal of Grade 4 where they will meet either Carlow Y.M., representing the Laois League, or Rahan, representing the South West Leinster League.
Badminton Ireland has announced its new ranking list and it features two Wexford players. Edward Cousins (Taghmon) is ranked ten in the men's singles. This is somewhat unflattering to Cousins based on his play this season, but is accounted for by him playing less events than his main rivals.
In the mixed doubles he is ranked eleven. Laura Butler (Davidstown) is ranked four in the ladies' singles. Her results this season have been very good and this ranking will ensure seeding positions for upcoming events. She is ranked eight in the ladies' doubles and in the mixed doubles she is ranked 14.
The Badminton Ireland website is now showing details of a number of upcoming items. The All-Ireland Club competition will be held in Terenure Badminton Centre and A.L.S.A.A. at Dublin Airport on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22. This competition is open to Divisions 1 to 6.
This event has normally been held earlier in the season at Gormanston College. Clubs may already have received entry forms but they can be downloaded from www.badmintonireland.com.
On the same site, nomination forms are available for the following awards - Yonex Club of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Young Volunteer of the Year, Women in Badminton Personality of the Year and Club Website of the Year. Quite a lot for clubs to consider here.
Edward Cousins and Laura Butler travelled to York with the Leinster team to complete the final three matches in the Premier B section of the English intercounty championships. In their opening match they lost 7-3 to Cheshire. Edward won his singles but lost his doubles match, while Laura lost her singles match.
They were then beaten on the same scoreline by Yorkshire, with the Wexford players meeting with the same outcome as their matches against Cheshire. In their last match they beat Surrey 7-3. Cousins lost his singles in three sets but won his doubles with Mark Cobbe, while Butler lost her singles.
Wexford's Noel Dunne and Karen Butler were on the Leinster teamwhich competed in the Under-15 Celtic Challenge against teams from Ulster and Lothian. Ulster were the strongest side with Lothian getting the runners-up spot.
In the match against Ulster, Butler won her mixed doubles in straight sets but lost her doubles also in straight sets, while Dunne lost a close doubles in three sets but lost his mixed in straight sets. Ulster ran out winners on a 12-3 scoreline.
In the match against Lothian, Butler won her mixed doubles but lost her girls' doubles. Dunne won his doubles in three very close sets but lost his mixed in straight sets. Lothian won the match 8-7.