The Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, Raphoe once again lift more cups than any other Ulster School, taking 5 titles at the recent Ulster Schools Badminton Finals in Lisburn on the 6th March.
PE Teacher KathyAnn Gibson at the Royal and Prior says: “We are very blessed to have such a wealth of badminton talent within our school. Winning 5 titles at provincial level is fantastic and we are very proud of our pupil’s success”
Five teams contested the division 1 section with 3 teams progressing to The All-Ireland’s Finals and 2 teams winning The Ulster Cup in style.
The Senior Boys having not dropped a set all season continued this impressive form into the final, defeating Friend’s school, Lisburn 6-0 in the Division 1 league. The Senior Boys team displayed tremendous depth throughout, exuding technical ability and game confidence. The Senior Boys (U-19) Ryan Macbeth, Josh McMullan, Mark Laird and Aaron McAuley won both the Div. 1 League and Cup titles for the 2nd year running.
The Junior Girls endured a tough match against Wallace, Lisburn. The fighting spirit of the Raphoe Girls shone through as they clinched success, only after the match ended 3-3 with Raphoe taking victory by 29 points on a countback. The Junior Girls (U-16) Emma Gallagher, Leah Darragh, Kim Laird, Leah Magee & Chloe Lowry won the Div.1 League title.
The Senior Girls consisting of Ellen Patterson, Kirsty McKinney, Shannon Russell and Ulster U-17 Rachel McNulty and Irish International Rachel Darragh (who missed out on The Ulster Finals due to international duty in Portugal) came close to lifting the Cup title, but where marginally beaten by Wallace High School and Hunterhouse in the League.
The Junior Boys consisting of Dylan Laird, Jamie McKinney, Aaron Magee, Jack Macbeth, Ben Wallace & Aaron Knox, won the Div.1 and Cup Tiles for the 3rd year running. The boys put on a solid display and sealed the title with some superb individual performances.
The three winning teams will now represent Ulster at the All-Ireland Finals in Gormanston on the 25th March, where the aim will be to gain All-Ireland success yet again and as KathyAnn Gibson says: “We will go into the All-Ireland finals with confidence and we wish our pupils every success at the National Finals.”