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History for Marino in junior win


MARINO COLLEGE magic denied reigning champions Kylemore College a clean sweep of wins, in all three categories, at last week's finals in Ringsend.

Marino created history by winning the junior title for the first time since the tournament began in 2004, while Kylemore College retained their minor and intermediate titles.

Marino's captain, Alex Giurgila, gave them the perfect start with a two-set win (11-4, 12-10) against Kylemore's Ross Mathison.

Adrian Cretu faced Luke Coogan in a very close game, with Cretu taking the first set 11-9. Coogan fought back to win the second 11-7 but Cretu upped his game to win the decisive set 11-8 for Marino.

Marino's Madalin Oprea and Kylemore's Michael Devitt threw up a cracker in the third match-up. Oprea took the first set 11-8; Devitt drew level, winning the second 11-9, with Oprea claiming the silverware with an 11-7 win in the final set.

Intermediate holders Kylemore were up against Larkin Community College with the southsiders' Aaron Mulvaney overcoming the northsiders' Anthony Hand 11-5, 11-7.

Larkin's Cian Byrne levelled the match with an 11-7 third-set win over Kylemore's Charlie Murray.

In the vital match, Keith Swaine's excellent play around the table saw off Larkin's Timir Umba 11-6, 11-7.

Coláiste Eoin stood in Kylemore's way in the minor decider but Cezar Valentin eased early nerves for Kylemore with an 11-2, 11-3 win against Eoin's Thomas Collins. Eoin bounced back with Ryan Collins' 11-6, 11-5 victory over Jamie Lang.

In the deciding game, Nathan Kiernan gave Eoin a first-set lead (11-8) but Kylemore's Jimmy Ennis won the second 11-7 and the final set 11-9 to retain the minor title.