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O'Leary crushes Doyle to bag title

The Leinster Spring Juvenile Open took place last weekend, with some of the finest young badminton players from around the province coming out to show off their skills in force.

The boys under 18s began the play with a final played between No1 seed Liam O'Leary of De La Salle Dundalk against Terenure College's No2 seed Graham Doyle. In an eventful contest, it was O'Leary who clinched the title, winning back-to-back sets 21-12 and 21-18.

With little difference in the lads' skill set, the Dundalk player's fitness was key to his success.

O'Leary and Doyle then teamed up to claim the doubles title, outpointing the No2 seed, David Neylon, and Mark White of Knocklyon CC in straight sets 21-13 and 21-14.

The U16 group was up next with Nicholas Murphy of Good Counsel Wexford taking on Niall Reynolds of Terenure College.The two talented players were tied at one set each, before Murphy went on to clinch the last 21-11 to win the title.

Lisburn's Victoria Ringland faced Ciara O'Dwyer of Ennis in the girls' U16 final. The Northerner beat the Ennis player in straight sets 21-8 and 21-11.



Energetic

Far from finished, the energetic O'Dwyer then joined partner Louise Sexton to face No1 seeds Rachel Boyle of Marnock CC and Nora O'Gorman. The Ennis partnership won the doubles title in closely contested straight sets 21-18 and 21-19.

The play resumed on Sunday morning, with Nicholas Murphy returning to partner Northerner Mattie Steele against Conor Moloney of St Mac Dara's and Ian Patterson of Knocklyon CC.

In a nail-biter of a final, Murphy and Steele came out winners after an incredibly close straight sets win of 21-19 and 21-18.

Next up, Good Counsel's (Wexford) Noel Dunne met Craig Byrne of Terenure in the U14 boys' final.

The two lads battled hard but Dunne managed to outpoint Byrne to seal the victory in straight sets, 21-15 and 21-16.

The girls' U14 final saw Terenure's Kate Frost take on Sara Boyle of Marnock CC. The girls were forced to a third set as they both took one each, and even then there was nothing to choose until Boyle came into her own in the final half of the deciding set, winning the title 21-13.

The two doubles titles at under 14 were decided in a round-robin style event. Sara Boyle won her second title of the day along with partner Ailbhe Fusco with four wins in their group. Noel Dunne also claimed a second title with partner Donal O'Leary.