The national juvenile badminton season got underway on the 10th and 11th of September 2011 as Sligo Tennis Club was host to the Connaught Open Juvenile Badminton competition.
There were Singles, Doubles and Mixed events for U-13, U-15 & U-17 age groups which attracted players from all 4 Provinces, as valuable national ranking points were up for grabs.
Sligo players, at their home venue, featured well in the competitions with local girl Fionnuala Scanlon, along with her partner Victoria Ringland, capturing the U-17 Girls Doubles title, defeating Rachel Boyle and Nora O’Gorman. Conor Scanlon and Danny Keown, both Sligo players, defeated Nicholas Murphy (Wexford) and Niall Reynolds (Dublin) in a closely contested 3 set match. Fionnuala also made the final of the U-15 Girls Singles event, in which she was beaten by Sarah Boyle.
Donegal player, Kyle Magee showed great talent throughout the U-13 competitions by winning the Singles, Doubles and Mixed events.
Tournament organiser, Paul Dolan, commented that the tournament was a great success with over 100 entries and thanked Sligo Tennis Club for their excellent facilities and hospitality over the weekend. This is also a major factor in attracting players and their supporters from around the country to this Sligo competition.
View the full photo gallery from the day here >> (All photos taken at this event by photographer, Brian Munnelly)
Results in Full:
U-13 Boys Doubles:
Kyle Magee & Mervyn Magee (Donegal) bt Des Duggan & O’Shea (Dublin)
U-13 Boys Singles:
Kyle Magee (Donegal) bt Des Duggan (Dublin)
U-13 Girls Doubles:
Karen McNamara & Lanna Browne bt Clodagh Dunne & Katie McGlone
U-13 Girls Singles:
Clodagh Dunne bt Karen McNamara
Kyle Magee & Clodagh Dunne bt Aimee Gannon & David Gannon
U-15 Boys Doubles:
Conor Keating & John Keating (Lisburn) bt Pierce Eastwood & Curtis Presho (Lisburn)
U-15 Boys Singles:
Conor Keating (Lisburn) bt John Keating (Lisburn)
U-15 Girls Doubles:
Clodagh Dunne & Aimee Moore (Dublin) bt Feena McMenamon & Ellie Dillane (Newport)
U-15 Girls Singles:
Sarah Boyle bt Fionnuala Scanlon (Sligo)
Satchell Madden & Sarah Boyle (Dublin) bt Rachel Woods & Conor Keating (Lisburn)
U-17 Boys Doubles:
Conor Scanlon & Danny Keown (Sligo) bt Nicholas Murphy (Wexford) & Niall Reynolds (Dublin)
U-17 Boys Singles:
Nicholas Murphy bt Mark Brady
U-17 Girls Doubles:
Fionnuala Scanlon (Sligo) & Victoria Ringland bt Rachel Boyle & Nora O’Gorman
U-17 Girls Singles:
Victoria Ringland bt Rachel Boyle
Sarah Boyle & Mark White bt Rachel Boyle & Nicholas Murphy (Wexford)