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Dunne takes fab four to dominate U13 contests

With a Leinster U13 team to be selected for the Celtic Challenge next month, selectors were taking notes at the Victor Leinster Christmas Juvenile Close.

Taghmon's Noel Dunne (Good Counsel, New Ross) was the star of the finals as he picked up four titles, three in his own age group and one doubles title with Nicholas Murphy (Good Counsel New Ross) in the U15 age group. His first title was in the singles, with a final match against Donal O'Leary (De La Salle Dundalk).

O'Leary took the opening set 16-21, but the Good Counsel New Ross student Dunne took the middle set 21-17.

Dunne crept away and won his first title by taking the third set 21-18. Dunne and O'Leary teamed up to play in the boys' doubles final and their opponents were the young Terenure Badminton Club's Sam McKay (St ColmCille CS) and Paul Reynolds (Terenure College).

McKay and Reynolds just did not have the firepower of Dunne and O'Leary, as Dunne went on to take his second title 21-12, 21-12.

Dunne's final title in this age group was a mixed title with his Dublin Mount Pleasant partner Ailbhe Fusco (Maryfield Marino). Their opponents were the talented Terenure pair of Sam McKay (Terenure College) and Kate Frost (St Pius Terenure).

With Dunne's speed and Fusco's super mixed play on the day, they took the title 21-13 21-18, but these four talented players will surely meet many times in their future badminton careers.