NICHOLAS MURPHY of Taghmon was in fine form last weekend. He played some excellent badminton to win the Irish 'A' grade title.
Also entered in this event was Gorey's Ross McNiven. The two players who were on opposing sides were rapidly climbing to the top, and at one stage it looked like it might be an all-Wexford final. However, this was not be as McNiven departed at the semi-final stage.
In the men's singles Nicholas Murphy was in splendid form throughout the day, showing his superior fitness. In round one he had a bye, and in round two he saw off Eoin Walsh easily 21-13, 21-15.
In the quarter-finals he defeated Shane Guildea 21-15, 21-10. In the semi-finals he displayed nerves of steel, defeating Norman Lau in two straight sets 21-19, 21-18.
In the final he was the better player, running Brian Dignam ragged and winning in two straight sets 2111, 21-14.
Ross McNiven had a very good tournament, defeating Kevin Murray 21-19. 21-10. In round two Ross saw off the challenge of Seamus Halpin 2114, 21-14. Ross had an easy quarter-final, seeing off J. Noble 21-6, 21-16. In the semi-finals Ross was defeated by Brian Dignam 21-6, 21-16.
In the men's doubles, the partnerships of Murphy and Brady and McNiven and Kosuke Uchida both had an excellent day by reaching the semi-finals. This was a great day's work by the Wexford men.
Shelbourne 'A' travelled to Taghmon for their Division 3 match in Group B of the mixed league on Monday last.
In the men's doubles there were some great smashes for victory. John Walsh (captain) and Noel Dunne narrowly lost the first set 23-21 to Shelbourne's Paud ie Foran and Tony Sinnott.
Walsh and Dunne took the second set easily 21-11. In the third set Foran and Sinnott dropped hard to win in style 21-16. At this stage Shelbourne were 2-1 up.
In the ladies' doubles, Marie Kelly and Clodagh Dunne had a humdinger of a three-setter against Shelbourne's Jenny Winter (captain) and Ailish O'Hanlon. Kelly and Dunne took the first set 21-15, and Shelbourne took the next two sets in splendid form 21-11, 21-18. Shelbourne were now 4-2 up.
In the first mixed doubles, Walsh and Kelly were defeated by Foran and O'Hanlon in two straight sets 21-19, 21-9. Shelbourne were running away with it at this stage, 6-2 up.
In the second mixed doubles the Taghmon pairing of Noel Dunne and Clodagh Dunne had to dig deep to capture some valuable points. Noel and Clodagh won their game against Sinnott and Winter in two straight sets 21-18, 21-17.
Shelbourne 'A' were declared the winners on a 6-4 scoreline. This was a great game of badminton by both sides and made for good viewing. Well done to all.
Terrerath hosted the St. Martin's 'B' team at home on Tuesday last in the Division 5 mixed league.
In the men's doubles, Terrerath's Nicky Sinnott and Brendan O'Neill had some very good rallies against the St. Martin's pairing of Peter O'Byrne and Brian Kielthy. Sinnott and O'Neill proved to be the stronger partnership, winning 2112, 21-17.
In the ladies' doubles, Emily Kent and Louise Bennett took the first set comfortably against Angela Brennan and Suzanne Morris. In the second set Kent and Bennett had to work hard as Brennan and Morris put up a Trojan effort, and they barely won 21-19.
In the first mixed doubles, Sinnott and Kent were defeated by O'Byrne and Brennan 23-21. The second set also proved to be a battle of wills with Sinnott and Kent eventually winning 22-20.
Both pairings were tired at this stage, having undergone some serious rallies in the first two sets. Sinnott and Kent had enough left in the tank to win the third set 21-9.
In the second mixed doubles, O'Neill and Bennett worked hard to take the game 21-18, 21-11 against Kielthy and Suzanne Morris. Terrerath were declared the winners 81.
The mixed league Division 6 section two matches are in progress, and Davidstown played their first against Terrerath in Davidstown Community Centre on Thursday night last.
The Davidstown team consisted of Joe Carton and Dan Rossiter (Clonroche), and Marie Kinsella and Brigid Kelly from Davidstown. Terrerath's team featured Trish Caulfield and Helen Kent, and Dylan Bookle and Brendan O'Neill.
The Davidstown men's team took the first match, with the Terrerath men winning one set, with a score of 17-21, 21-18, 21-13. The first ladies' match was won by Davidstown with a scoreline of 21-11, 219.
In the first mixed doubles Dan Rossiter joined forces with Marie Kinsella to play Terrerath's Brendan O'Neill and Trish Caulfield. Following an exciting and close game, Dan and Marie pipped Terrerath's Trish and Brendan and won out 2117, 21-20.
Joe Carton and Brigid Kelly were not so lucky and lost out to Dylan Bookle and Helen Kent 21-18, 2117. The match resulted in six points to Davidstown, three points to Terrerath.
Division 6: St. Martin's 3, Clonard 6.
November 14: early rounds of charity tournament, Clonroche.
November 16: adult county team training, Ramsgrange.
November 17/18: Under-13/Under17 Connacht open.
November 23: early rounds of charity tournament, Taghmon.
November 24/25: Autumn Juvenile open.
November 24/25: Leinster Senior veterans' open.