Donegal U-15s win Ulster Youth Badminton Games

Donegal U-15s win Ulster Youth Badminton Games
The Donegal U-15 Badminton squad travelled to Lisburn on Saturday last to take part in the Ulster Youth Badminton Games.

The Donegal U-15 Badminton squad travelled to Lisburn on Saturday last to take part in the Ulster Youth Badminton Games.

The Donegal squad of seven boys and seven girls were accompanied by coaches Miriam Thompson and Wesley Knox; competition director William Love and secretary Stephanie Laird.

They had an early start, arriving in Lisburn at 9 a.m. to compete with the other five Ulster squads - Ards, Banbridge, Coleraine, Down and Lisburn.

The competition this year featured U-13 Girls and Boys doubles; U-15 Boys and Girls doubles and singles and U-17 Girls and Boys singles.

The first match of the morning was the toughest match of the day as Donegal eventually secured a 5-3 win over the host squad Lisburn.

Donegal then had two 8-0 wins over Banbridge and Down respectively; beat Coleraine 6-2 and ended the day on a high with an 8-0 win over Ards.

Donegal were the 2014 Ulster Youth Badminton Games champions, unbeaten during the day, with a maximum of 10 points. Runners up were Lisburn; 3, Ards; 4, Coleraine and joint 5th, Down and Banbridge.

Kim Laird and Bethany Moore; Ronan Hoy and Alan Clarke played the U-13 doubles for Donegal; Emma Gallagher, Chloe Lowry, Lynn McKinley and Louise Stewart contributed to the U-15 girls singles and doubles success while Jamie McKinney, Jack Macbeth, Aaron Knox and Kristin Warke share the U-15 boys singles and doubles duties as Shannon and Aaron McCauley remained unbeaten in U-17 singles.

Congratulations goes to all the Donegal players on an excellent achievement, successfully guided through a difficult day by coaches Miriam Thompson and Wesley Knox. Donegal have successfully defended this title for the past number of years and have dominated this event over the past decade.

Sincere thanks to Gerry McLaughlin, Convoy, for providing transport; secretary Stephanie Laird for all her work; parents, halls where the players trained and head Co. Donegal coach Ian Macbeth.