Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Junior Badminton Season Starts

Junior Badminton Planning
Three young badminton competitors, Karen and Amy McNamara and Lana Browne, all from Ennis Tennis & Badminton Club, had a very successful trip to the Sligo Open last weekend – the first event of the Juvenile Badminton calendar.  The tournament was well-attended, with players travelling mainly from Ulster, Leinster and, of course, Connaght. 

Karen enjoyed a great run in the U13 girls singles event, reaching the final, where she was eventually beaten in 3 sets by Leinster No. 1 Clodagh Dunne (who also beat Lana in the second round).  Karen played some very good badminton to get to the final and she certainly made Clodagh work for her title.

Karen and Lana then teamed up for the U13 girls doubles and made light work of their route through the round-robin stage to reach the semi-final.  This match was a slightly tougher test but the Ennis girls still managed to win it in 2 sets.  Karen and Lana then took on Clodagh Dunne and her partner Katie McGlone in a highly entertaining and very competitive final.  The Ennis girls lost the first set, but stormed through to take the second.  The stage was then set for a very tense third set and, although the Ennis girls looked down and out at one stage, they showed great determination to battle back and eventually take the third set and the title.
Junior Badminton Planning Meeting

Amy McNamara was the sole Ennis competitor in the U17 event where she came up against the very talented Ulster player Victoria Ringland in the girls singles.  Although defeated in 2 sets, Amy played some very good badminton in this match.  In the singles plate event, Amy finished in the runner-up spot, losing out in the plate final to Leinster’s Nora O’Gorman.