Healy wins charity event
FINALS OF the 2014 charity county championships in aid of MarineWatch Wexford took place recently. With 23 finals scheduled it was a busy evening for tournament organiser Eddie Cousins and his team.
As always some great finals were contested with some of the favourites finding that tag perhaps too heavy to carry. Craig Healy was certainly a player in form, winning the third division men's singles over Noel Dunne and then later the second division men's doubles with partner Vincent Mackey when they overcame favorites Philip Walsh and Noel Dunne in an exciting three-setter, winning the final set 22-20.
The two young Cogleys, Brandon and Ryan, from Taghmon also impressed in both fourth and fifth division and are certainly two players to watch out for in the future.
The charity tournament is always a great barometer for the main county championships in a couple of months' time and gives players who didn't do as well as expected the chance to put things right.
As far as predictions went it seems a few people really do know their local badminton, with three people scoring impressively high when it came to predicting all the winners.
Ailish O'Hanlon, Declan Carroll and Siobhán Creane came out on top in this regard and picked up some great prizes.
Many thanks to the umpires and scoreboard operators for their time and also anyone who helped out.
Meanwhile, Clodagh Dunne continued her excellent form by taking triple gold medals at the Ulster Under-15 open in Lisburn. Clodagh faced Rachael Woods in the girls' singles final and after a terrific display of badminton by both girls she took the match 23-21, 21-17.
In the girls' doubles Clodagh, with partner Beth Stephenson, beat twins Rachael and Rebecca Woods 21-15, 21-12.
Partnered by Kyle Magee in the mixed, Clodagh took her third gold, beating Des Duggan and Niamh Gannon 21-15, 21-14.
This is a great finish to an already very impressive 2014 for Clodagh and a sign that she means business in 2015.