Tuesday 23 September 2014

O'Keeffe crowned Ulster champion

Published 13/11/2012 | 14:21

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CARLOW'S Sheila O'Keeffe was crowned Ulster Junior Open Squash champion when she took the U-15 title with a great win over local girl Vicky White by 3-2. Sheila defeated Caitlín Toner comfortably 3-0 in the semi-final and was thrilled with her overall performance.

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There were just two players from Carlow at the East of Ireland Junior Squash Open held at Sutton LTC this weekend, Jack Doyle and Shiela O'Keeffe competed in the U-15 sections.

Jack was seeded 3 for the event but lost his first round match to the number 4 seed Morgan Kelly in a five-setter. Kelly came out on top on a score of 11-8, 8-11, 10-12, 118, and 11-2. The second round saw Jack play Lorcan O'Malley which Doyle won 3/0 11-3,11-6, 11-1. Playing for fifth/sixth place Jack had another tough five-setter and this time he came on top defeating Brian Collins 7-11,11-8, 114, 4-11, 11-7 for fifth place.

Shiela O'Keeffe fresh from her recent win at the Ulster Junior Open had a bye in her first round and in the second round, Shiela defeated Dubliner, Emily Duignan 3/0 , 11-1, 11-7, 11-1.

Against Sinead Walsh, the number 2 seed in the semi's, Shiela played well but lost out 3/0, 11-6, 11-2, 11-3. Walsh faced a very strong Stephanie Ryan in the final which Ryan won comfortably.

In her final game Shiela defeated Elllie Mc Veigh 3/1, with the game scores at 10-12, 11-3, 11-8, 11-4 to finish fourth.

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