The Co. Donegal Juvenile squads, who have dominated in Ulster, travelled to Dublin to compete in the Badminton Ireland Intercounty Juvenile competitions in Baldoyle.
The trip was possible because of financial help from Donegal Co Cllrs Martin Harley, John O’Donnell, Liam Doherty, Albert Doherty and John Campbell.
U-17 Donegal team, which was very strong at the to , but tailed away further down, (were only beaten with the help of some bad line calls) by 2 pts. 11/9, by the No. 1 seeds Dublin. Donegal beat Clare and held off a very strong challenge from Galway, to emerge All Ireland Inter County runners-up, still just 2 pts. behind Dublin, with Galway third and Clare fourth.
A very good performance by Donegal’s U-17 players, led by team captain Mark Laird, who with Dylan Laird and Stuart McKinley were unbeaten during the day, very ably assisted by Aaron Knox, Cameron Wilson. Girls, Aimee Moore, Shannon Russell, Vanessa McHugh, Louise Stewart and Cody Anderson, managed by Ivan Wilson assisted by Aaron McCauley.
U-15 Donegal team also had a very strong challenge in the Inter County Competition, beating Dublin in the first round, were beaten by a strong Cork side with very strong boys and Donegal concluded the day beating Mayo. Donegal finished runners-up to Cork with Dublin third and Mayo fourth.
A very good performance by Donegal`s U-15s , led by team captain Chloe Lowry. Donegal girls were the strongest in the tournament with the Donegal boys doing well until they came up against the Cork boys who have Irish caps. A very well done to all the U-15 players team captain Chloe Lowry, Kim Laird, Emma Gallagher, Lynne McKinley. Boys: Jack Macbeth, Andrew Wilson, Ronan Hoy, Aaron Wiley and Jack Pearson and team manager Ian Macbeth, who did an excellent job.
U-13 Donegal team, with U-11 players on it were always going to find the competition very tough. Donegal met the No. 1 seeds Kildare in the first round, Donegal put up a big effort but were well beaten, Cork also proved too strong for Donegal. However Donegal continued to work very hard and secured a win against Roscommon in the last match of the day. Donegal finished third behind Kildare and Cork with Roscommon fourth.
Well done to all the Donegal U-13 players - Girls: Courtney Harron, Kate Gourley, Alanna Northey, Eleanor Knox, Katie McKinley. Boys: Mark Ruddy, Scott Macbeth, Matthew Wilson, Conor McCullough and Dermot Hoy and of course team managers and coaches Wesley Knox and Eileen Ruddy.