Kevin's win by a Furlong in Shield

Louise Browne

ST KEVIN'S COLLEGE maintained their dominance with top-class performances to win the Intermediate Perpetual Shield for the second year running in yesterday's Dublin VEC Schools Badminton finals.

Kevin's, with faultless displays from captain Bilal Iqbal and Michaela Furlong, were crowned champions after seeing off Larkin Community College and Coláiste Dhúlaigh at the Clogher Road college's sports hall.

The Crumlin college knew that nothing short of a defeat against Coolock's Coláiste Dhúlaigh would prevent them from the Shield after beating Larkin CC earlier in the day.

With two matches remaining and holding a narrow 2-1 lead, Furlong's exceptional play in her two-set singles-match victory over opponent Stephanie Thompson handed Kevin's the title.

The opening contest was a clash of the team captains, Iqbal and Jamie Andrews. Iqbal held his nerve when the pressure was on, winning the best of three sets 11-8 11-8, while Andrews, for his part, contributed to a hugely entertaining match.


Kevin's boys' doubles pairing of Gavin Gleenon and Victor Aremy pulled off a great win against Andrews and Mark Browne with the Crumlin duo unstoppable around the court to win 11-6 11-1 and double their lead.

After Furlong's triumph in the singles match, sixth-year students Iqbal and Furlong, playing side by side for the last time, fittingly rounded off the day with more success in the mixed doubles match.

This year's Junior Perpetual Shield went to Larkin CC after they dethroned the reigning champions Coláiste Dhúlaigh 3-2.

With four games played and tied at two games each, it went down to the mixed doubles match, where Larkin's Eddie Sirbu and Shauna Mitchell faced Declan Brennan and Michaela McCarthy of Dhulaigh.

Larkin claimed the first set 11-7 before Dhúlaigh levelled matters up in the second by the same score line.

With excellent rallies of play in the third set and the scores tied at no less than seven times, the outcome of the game was impossible to call.

Leading 11-10, Mitchell served for the match but Brennan responded with a superb point.

However, Brennan failed to hold his serve, which left Sirbu to serve up the winning point in Larkin's 13-11 victory.