Hat-trick heroes light up Terenure
The Leinster Christmas Badminton Juvenile Close, held at the Terenure Badminton Centre, is the perfect stage for young stars to perform on, with all coaches and selectors in attendance over the three-day event to choose participants for upcoming team events.
Although there was fabulous badminton played throughout the age groups of U13, U15 and U17, three stars shone brightest.
They were Portmarnock CS's Sara Boyle, Terenure College's Paul Reynolds and Clodagh Dunne, from Taghmon, Wexford, who each picked up a hat-trick of titles.
On finals day, Boyle picked up her first title in the U15 mixed final where she teamed up with New Park's Satchel Madden and they had a two-set win against Our Lady's Templeogue Kate Frost and Terenure's Craig Byrne 24-22, 21-17.
Next up for Boyle was the U17 singles final against her great adversary, Frost.
Boyle took the opening set 21-14. With Frost in her fourth final of the day, the games began to take their toll and she had to retire, leaving Boyle with her second title of the day. The last match on finals day was the U17 mixed final, with Boyle and St Fintan's Mark Brady taking on St Vincent's Dundalk's Fionnualla McCourt and St Colmcille's Ian Patterson.
In a three-set thriller, Boyle and Brady had too much firepower as they took the title in three sets 21-9, 14-21, 21-17.
Terenure College's Reynolds also took three titles but he took them at three different age groups. His first was in the U13 boys singles final against Holy Child Santry's Nhat Nguyen. He snatched the title after a marathon clash (14-21, 21-19, 21-18).
Next up for Reynolds was the U15 boys doubles final where he teamed up with fellow Terenure student Sam McKay. Their opponents were Good Counsel Wexford's Noel Dunne and Del La Salle Dundalk's Donal O'Leary. The Dubliners lost the opening set 16-21 but they regrouped and took the next two and the title 21-14, 21-17.
He took his third title when he teamed up with brother Niall in the U17 boys doubles final.
Their opponents were St Fintan's Mark Brady and St Colmcille's Ian Patterson. The Reynolds brothers played their best badminton ever as they took the title 21-12, 19-21, 21-15.
Dunne took her first title of the afternoon as she defeated Katie McGlone of Blackrock in two sets in the U13 girls' singles final 21-8, 21-16.
They then teamed up together to play in the U13 girls doubles final against Coláiste íosagáin's Cliodhna Duggan and Rathmore's Laoise Lynch. Dunne and McGlone took this title in two sets 21-13, 21-13. Dunne's final title came in the U15 girls doubles as she teamed up with Our Lady's Templeogue's Kate Frost to defeat fellow Our Lady's student Ellen Kavanagh and Scoil íosagáin Portarlington's Clare Faherty 21-13, 21-12.
At the presentations, Leinster selectors announced the U15 Leinster team to play in Durham this weekend.
Boys: Paul Reynolds, Sam McKay, Craig Byrne (all Terenure Coll), Satchel Madden (Newpark Comp). Girls: Sara Boyle (Portmarnock CS), Kate Frost (Our Lady's Templeogue), Ailbhe Fusco (Maryfield Drumcondra), Clare Faherty (Scoil íosagáin Portarlington).