The Royal and Prior Comprehensive School Raphoe were represented at the All Ireland Schools’ Badminton Finals by three of their teams on the 20th March 2013 in Gormanston Co. Meath.
PE Teacher KathyAnn Gibson at the Royal and Prior says: “We are very excited to have tasted success on the All-Ireland stage picking up three National Titles. Such a success certainly reflects the commitment and determination of the teams.”
The path to the National Finals was secured on Friday 8th March when 3 out of 4 Royal and Prior Teams experienced success at a provincial level, winning Ulster Titles in Lisburn.
The Junior Girls Cup Team (Rachel Darragh, Rachel McNulty, Ellen Patterson and Rachel Woods) won the All-Ireland Division 1 Finals in great style beating Leinster, Connacht and Munster 4-2, 5-1 and 6-0 respectively. Each of the girls knew the significance of every point so they played with a relentless determination to achieve the desired outcome. Rachel Darragh (U-18 Ireland) showing her dominance in the badminton world clinching each victory with ease!
The Junior Boys (Ryan Macbeth, Aaron McAuley, Josh McMullen and Mark Laird) had a resounding victory over Leinster winning 4-2. Ryan Macbeth & Aaron McAuley had a smashing game of doubles against 2 Irish under 15’s securing the final point with a cleverly placed drop shot from Aaron. Josh McMullen played out of his skin outwitting his opponent and taking the match 30-29. Mark Laird also put in remarkable effort, losing out 29-30.
The Minor Boys (Jamie McKinney, Jack Macbeth, Aaron Magee and Ben Wallace) may be the youngest group but their mature approach and level head led to them easily seeing of their opponents Munster 6-0 and Leinster, 6-0.
Raphoe have successfully developed a strong tradition in Badminton Circles in recent years and as KathyAnn Gibson says: “We are very proud of our players and wish them continued success and who knows maybe we will have a few more Olympians to follow in Chloe Magee’s footsteps.”