Sunday 21 January 2018

Plenty of guts but no glory for battling Leinster teams

badminton: All-Irelands

Teams from all over Ireland gathered at Gormanston College in Co Meath yesterday for the annual Shuttle Time All Ireland Schools Championships.

Among them were Terenure College, looking to add another All Ireland title to the 17 they have won in the past 14 years, and Our Lady's Templeogue with an U19 team that included Irish junior international Kate Frost.

Terenure has always been the team to fear in the boys' competition, but this year, they were lacking their top two players, Sam McKay and Paul Reynolds, away at the European Junior Championships in Poland.

Unfortunately there was to be no glory for Terenure although their U19 division team put up a good fight and finished second behind RBAI.

Playing for honour in their final U14 Boys' match against Pobal Scoil Corchaduibhne were Ard Scoil Rís, who had lost earlier against Bangor Grammar.

In the girl's competition, Our Lady's Templeogue finished third in U19 Division 1, while at U16 level, Royal and Prior were the winners ahead of St Anne's and St Vincent's Dundalk. St Vincent's produced a better result to finish second in U14 Division 1, while Loreto Kilkenny won Division 2.

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