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Terenure net U16 title joy

TERENURE COLLEGE'S year just keeps getting better as they added the U16 Division 1 Junior Boys All-Ireland Badminton title, on the back of being recently nominated for the School of the Year award by Badminton Ireland, at yesterday's All-Irelands in Gormanston College.

"On behalf of Terenure College I would like to thank our opponents for playing in such a sporting and friendly manor and to wish them well in the future.

"Also thanks must go to our team for all their great dedication, they were outstanding today and to congratulate them on winning the Junior All-Ireland title for 2014," said Terenure's manager Margaret Cox.

BELT

The south Dublin school have an outstanding record in the sport having won 17 All-Ireland finals in the past 13 years and no fewer than 37 Leinster finals under their belt.

Cox's charges, led by their captain Craig Byrne, faced tough opponents in Donegal's Royal & Prior in the deciding game after both schools had won their opening two games against Roscommon's St Nathy's and Friends from Ulster.

Sam McKay, the reigning U17 Ireland singles champion, was outstanding for Terenure and had an impressive win 30-9 over Dylan Laird in the opening singles match. Terenure doubled their lead through an excellent showing from Paul Reynolds.

Royal and Prior levelled matters in the final two singles matches against Byrne and Luke Reilly. McKay and Reynolds won their doubles game only to see their opponents take the final doubles game to draw the match. However, Terenure were handed the title on countback.

FINISHING

Wesley College's team of Andrew Mullen, Caleb Teo, Evan Wolfe and Rory O'Callaghan narrowly lost out on the U19 Division 2 title, finishing runners-up, after they lost out to Cork's Coláiste Treasa on countback after drawing their final game.

Wesley had impressed in their opening two games with wins against Castlebar's St Gerald's and Coleraine Institute but just fell short at the final hurdle.

Our Lady's Templeogue had the U-19 Division 1 title in their sights going into their final game but had to settle for third spot as other games went against them, despite a flawless display from Ellen Kavanagh for the south Dublin school.

Loreto College, Kilkenny, claimed the U19 Girls Division 2 accolade while St Vincent's, Dundalk, and Good Counsel of Wexford finished runners-up in U14 Girls Division 1 and U14 Boys Division 1 respectively.


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