THE SEPTEMBER to December badminton season has been a hive of activity with outstanding results achieved both within and outside the county. Here are some of the highlights:
Within the county several events have been held to date. Christopher McMackin, league organiser, held the knockout competition over a two-day period in Ramsgrange. Christopher is in his first year on the job and to date he has carried out his duties without a hitch.
Next up was the mixed league event which is completed in most divisions. Christopher was under pressure to organise these events and organise his wedding in October. There is a fairly good sharing of titles countywide. Christopher will be running the shield competition in January.
Seamus Creane, tournament organiser, ran a very impressive charity tournament in November. This provided good entertainment for spectators with a lot of blood, sweat and tears left on court. This also saw titles dispatched countywide. Seamus will be busy organising the adult county championships in 2013.
Ross McNiven, under-age officer, held his first Juvenile blitz in Enniscorthy in November. Prizes were awarded to all entrants and great fun was had by all. Ross' next competiton will be held in January in Enniscorthy.
Frankie Morrissey, John Joe Murphy, Christopher McMackin and Helen Butler have held three adult county team training sessions to date. More of these vigorous sessions are planned for the new year to knock off the Christmas excess.
Clodagh Dunne (Taghmon): Clodagh is showing remarkable talent as she smashes her way to glory countrywide. The 12-year-old is putting on a hat-trick performance throughout Ireland.
In the Sligo Juvenile Open she won the Under-13 girls' singles, doubles, and Under-15 girls' singles. She also took the runners-up titles in the Under-15 girls' doubles and Under-15 mixed doubles.
In the prestigious Under-13 Badminton England Gold she won the singles, doubles and mixed. Clodagh has repeated her hat-trick wins in the Ulster Open, Autumn Juvenile Open, Munster Open and Connacht Open in Galway.
Nicholas Murphy (Taghmon): Nicholas won the Irish Grade 'A' championship men's singles title in November in Dublin. He also reached the semi-finals of the men's doubles.
Edward Cousins (Taghmon): Edward was in flying form in October, winning the mixed doubles in the Irish Future series. However, Edward had a setback due to injury which put him out of the game for a few weeks. In December he was back in form, representing Leinster on the Senior team which travelled to Milton Keynes.
Noel Dunne (Taghmon): Noel represented Leinster on the Under-16 team which travelled to York.
December 'B' tournament, Terenure: In the Under-11 boys' singles, Gorey's Seán Bass took the title. In the Under-11 girls' doubles, Aine Crowe and Leonie Ward took the runners-up title. In the Under-13 boys' singles, Gorey's Seán Dowling took the title and Jack Nolan was the runner-up.
October 'B' Leinster Close tournament, Terenure: James MacKenzie of Taghmon had his first win in Dublin in the Under-13 boys' singles. Gorey's Jack Nolan took the runners-up title. Aimee Butler (Gorey) won the Under-13 girls' singles. In the Under-13 Dublin Open, James won the boys' doubles title.
In the Autumn Juvenile Open, Brandon Cogley (Taghmon) put up a fine performance, reaching the semi-finals of the boys' singles. Brandon and Ryan Cogley took the runners-up title in the Under-14 boys' doubles. Aimee Butler from Gorey took the runners-up spot in the Under-12 girls' singles. Aimee and Katie Smyth from Gorey won the Under-12 girls' doubles.
In the December 'B' tournament held in Dublin there were some excellent results. Patrick O'Regan (Taghmon) and Adam Bookle (Terrerath) won the Under-13 boys' doubles title. Declan Carroll (Taghmon) was runner-up in the Under17 boys' doubles. Declan had a very good charity tournament, winning the fifth division men's singles title. Clodagh Dempsey (Taghmon) took the runners-up title in the Under-15/Under-17 girls' singles/doubles.
These are outstanding results for the county.
The county executive would like to acknowledge all of these great achievements and to thank everybody for all their hard work in running clubs and organising events throughout the year. We wish all our members and their familes a very happy New Year.