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Badminton: Terenure are Dublin's top dogs again

Terenure College reigned supreme on home soil during the Dublin Under-19 Schools Finals at the Terenure Badminton Centre recently.

In total, 11 schools attended the event, which was rescheduled due to the bad weather in early January.

In the boys' Division 1 section, the All-Ireland favourites, Terenure College, took on Gormanston (A), with Terenure claiming a 6-0 win.

'Nure had suffered a setback when captain Diarmud Cox picked up an injury during his singles match, but they were able to replace him with Michael Sommerville for the second boys doubles.

The victorious Terenure team was Diarmud Cox, Adam Jermyn, Graham Doyle and Rory Curry, while on the losing Gormanston College team were Neill O'Flaherty, Ciaran Brown, Vernon Chen and Thomas Prendergast.

The girls' Division 1 final was contested by Mount Sackville and St Mary's Naas.

Although some of the matches were competitively fought, Mount Sackville romped home to a 6-0 win.

On the winners' team were Ciana Diskin, Orla Fox, Sinead Dolan, Siun McLoughlan (sub) and Anne Heery. The Naas team was captained by Fiona Trant, and also included Aisling Whyte, Amy O'Hara and Noeleen Fleming.

The boys' Division 2 match was a thriller with Ard Scoil Rís taking on Gormanston College 'B' team.


This was a nail-biting match with the scores 3-3 at the finish. It then went to a points count-back with Ard Scoil Rís narrowly winning this outing by six points (146-140).

Ard Scoil captain Alan Parks was assisted in the victory by Cian Fusco, Paul McGee and Jack Smith, and might meet the Meath side again in the Leinster finals next Tuesday.

On the Gormanston College team was Ray Williams (capt), Shane Curran, Alex McGonagle and Conor Donegan.

Wesley College girls' Division 2 team were not able to make it, giving Our Lady's Templeogue a walk over.

The Division 3 section is a development section and in the boys group, the strong Sandford Park School took on the new kids on the block, De la Salle Churchtown.

Sandford's Ivan Yu (captain), Matthew Tector, Singuil and James Esse were too strong on the day.

Their courageous opponents were Paul Kenny, Donal Swan, Emmet McGinnity and ST Meadows. Sandford took the title 6-0.

Once again the day was finished off with a nail-biting match between St Colmcille's and Mount Sackville (B).

With the game tied at 3-3 at the close, the Knocklyon girls of Leonie Dunne, Mairead Fanning, twins Sara and Kate Fitzharris took the title from the Sackville girls of Jane Lynch (capt), Niamh Emery, Marie Spillane and Ellen Kearney.

The final score was 3-3, 171-141pts -- a narrow margin of victory for Knocklyon.

Some of these teams will possibly meet again in the Leinster finals this week in the Baldoyle Centre.

Teams that win their finals will represent Leinster in the All-Ireland Schools finals at Gormanston College in March.