The Munster Juvenile Inter County Round 1 tournament with 178 competitors was held on Sunday 10th Nov. in the Sports Arena in U.L. 18 teams competed from Cork, Kerry, Waterford, Tipperary and Clare at U11, U13, U15 and U17. Cork won all age groups, the first time one county has taken all 4 events. Clare were R-Up in the U11 and U13. Kerry were R-Up at U15 and Tipperary were r-up in the U17. Round 2 for weaker players will be held next February and a similar entry is expected
Photos available here
Irish International Brian O’ Mahony from Cork won the Boys U15 Singles when he defeated Mark Gannon 21/13, 17/ 6 (Retired) in the final.
Brian also won the Boys Doubles with his fellow Corkman and International Tomas Howard. They defeated the number 1 seeds Kyle Magee and Matthew Smyth 21/13, 16/21, 21/12 in the final.
In the Girls Doubles the number 1 seeds Lana Browne and Karen MacNamara from Ennis lost the Girls Doubles Final 21/7, 23/21 to Clodagh Dunne and Beth Stephenson.
For all the results go to
The Munster Juvenile U11 & U15 Open with 153 entries was held on the 19th and 20th October at the Sports Arena in the University of Limerick.
The U11 tournament was a cracker with stars of the future like Matthew Cheung, Chloe Woods, Jean Daly, David and Kevin Downey, Sinead O’Sullivan, Ellen Millerick, Adele O’Brien, Katelyn Reid, Peter Burke, Seamus Bradley and many others playing excellent badminton. The results were:
|Girls Singles U11:||Jean Daly||Ellen Millerick|
|Girls Singles Plate U11||Neasa Flynn||Chloe Woods|
|Boys Singles U11||Matthew Cheung||David Downey|
|Boys Singles Plate U11||Stuart McCollam||Stephen O’Sullivan|
|Girls Doubles U11||Sinead O’Sullivan
|Boys Doubles U11||David Downey
|Mixed Doubles U11||Matthew Cheung
The U15 tournament as expected produced top quality matches with Matthew Lightbody winning the Boys Singles, Doubles and Mixed and Clodagh Dunne winning the Girls Singles and Doubles. The results were:
|Girls Singles U15||Clodagh Dunne||Rachael Woods|
|Girls Singles Plate U15||Alexandra Lee Troy||Rebecca Woods|
|Boys Singles U15||Matthew Lightbody||Paul Reynolds|
|Boys Singles Plate U15||Matthew Smith||Cathal O’Donoghue|
|Girls Doubles U15||Clodagh Dunne
|Alexandra Lee Troy
|Boys Doubles U15||Matthew Lightbody
|Mixed Doubles U15||Matthew Lightbody
All the results can be seen at http://bi.tournamentsoftware.com/sport/tournament.aspx?id=C7717C65-A622-4027-A3A1-5B2B9F6986EE
& Trevor Woods 16th, 17th and 18th August 2013
The trip to the Alpha Badminton Club on the 16th, 17th& 18th August for a start of season coaching weekend with Trevor Woods was a tremendous success. 23 Munster/Connacht players along with over 27 players from Alpha B.C. were treated to a top class Programme that started at 7pm on the Friday and finished at 1pm on the Sunday. It included :
Friday Evening: Coaching 7.00pm – 10.00pm: Warm –up, Movement / Footwork, Routines, Technical work and Tactical work. Supper for the players.
Saturday: Coaching 10.00am – 11.30am. 11.30am – 1.00pm Circuit Training – Matt Gleave. Lunch for the players. Match Play 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Lisburn Swimming Leisureplex Pool – 4.00pm – 5.30pm. Lisburn Racquets Club 6.30pm – 10.30pm – Bar-B-Que and Disco.
Sunday: Play 10.00am – 1.00pm
Match Play / Alpha / Munster / Connacht Mixed Players Tournament.
The Coaches (who all gave their time voluntarily) were Trevor Woods, Tony Stephenson, Stuart Lightbody, Tony Murphy, Sinead Chambers , Ciaran Chambers, Gavin McCawley and Alannah Stephenson. Most of these players / coaches were on the Team from Alpha that represented Ireland in The European Club Championships in France this year. Matt Gleave (Commonwealth Games Badminton Player – Fitness Instructor) did the circuit training.
Along with the 23 players from Munster/Connacht were another 30 parents and family who were enthralled by the warm hospitality, the top class organisation and the superb facilities. Trevor and his coaches were outstanding, providing the players the opportunity to be coached by and play with some of the biggest names in Irish badminton. The coaches also offered an insight into their own training schedules by going through demonstration routines and playing exhibition matches during the weekend.
After the event Trevor complemented all 50 players on giving 100% commitment to the training. They deserved their visit on Saturday to the Lisburn Swimming Leisureplex with huge slides and top-class pools providing endless entertainment. This was followed by an excellent BBQ and Disco.
We would like to thank Trevor Woods, all of the coaches and players, Suzy Armstrong and the Parent’s Committee, Club Chairman Brian Chambers and everyone else involved for their kind invitation and the fantastic programme they provided. We would also like to thank Lisburn City Council for sponsoring the event and congratulate Lisburn on being the European City of Sport for 2013.
The Munster Closed Div 1 Finals were held in Ennis on Friday 29th March in Ennis.
The results were:
Boys Singles: Brian O’Mahony (St Mary’s) defeated Tomas Howard (Dromtariffe).
Boys Doubles: Brian O’Mahony (St Mary’s) & Tomas Howard (Dromtariffe) def Cathal O’Donoghue (Banteer) & Cal Shine (Banteer).
Girls Singles: Sarah Pingree (Gurteen) def Alexandra Troy (Ennis).
Girls Doubles: Sarah Pingree (Gurteen) & Eadaoin Coghlan (Carrigaline) def Alexandra Troy (Ennis) & Katie Browne (Ennis).
Mixed Doubles: Brian O’Mahony (St Mary’s) & Sarah Pingree (Gurteen) def Tomas Howard (Dromtariffe) & Claire Hogan (Gurteen).
Boys Singles: Brian O’Mahony (St Mary’s) def Cian O’Mahony (St Mary’s).
Boys Doubles: Brian & Cian O’Mahony (St Mary’s) def Lyndon Fairbrother (Templemore) & Maurice Molloy (Ennis).
Girls Singles: Moya Ryan (Ennis) def Karen MacNamara (Ennis).
Girls Doubles: Karen MacNamara (Ennis) & Lana Browne (Ennis) def Moya Ryan (Ennis) & Alexandra Troy (Ennis).
Mixed Doubles: Moya Ryan (Ennis) & Cian O’Mahony (St Mary’s) def Lana Browne (Ennis) & Brian O’Mahony (St Mary’s).
Boys Singles: Andrew Cullen (Country Club) def Sean Howard (Dromtariffe).
Boys Doubles: John McCabe (Country Club) & Andrew Cullen (Country Club) def Sean Howard (Dromtariffe) & Michael Healy (Dromtariffe).
Girls Singles: Ciara Dwyer (Ennis) def Megan Bredin (Ennis).
Girls Doubles: Moya Ryan (Ennis) & Megan Bredin (Ennis) def Louise Sexton (Lady Lane) & Ciara Dwyer (Ennis).
Mixed Doubles: Ciara Dwyer (Ennis) & Sean Howard (Dromtariffe) def Moya Ryan (Ennis) & Cian O’Mahony (St Mary’s).
Michael McGrath President of Munster Badminton, Oliver Deady Chairman of Juveniles/Schools Committee and Mary Browne Secretary.
Munster/Connaught competed in the Celtic Challenge U15 in Terenure last Saturday and Sunday for the first time. The participating teams were Leinster, Lothian from Scotland and Alpha B.C. from Lisburn.
Our team was Ben Gallagher-Lynch, Adam McAllister, Luke Gannon, Molly Davies, Feena McMenamon (All Connaught), Brian and Cian O’Mahony, Lyndon Fairbrother, Moya Ryan, Maurice Molloy, Karen MacNamara, Lana Browne and Aine Ryan (all Munster). I
t was a great experience for all of them and it certainly brought Munster and Connaught closer together. 15 matches were played against Lothian on Saturday morning with everyone getting two matches. We then played Leinster the eventual winners on Sat. afternoon and played Alpha B.C. on Sunday morning. Munster/Connaught came third overall with some fantastic performances, with every point fought for.