The 2015 Jim Taylor Cup, Co. Donegal Senior Badminton Team Competition, supported by Michael Murphy Sports, Letterkenny & Northern Auto Parts, Donegal Town, took place in the Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny, on Saturday 18 th. April last, with 4 of the top teams in N. West Ulster taking part.
In the first matches of the morning Donegal beat Church of Ireland 5/2, while Coleraine & District. beat N. West 4/3. Ciara Nelson, Coleraine & Dt. 1st. lady was injured in this match and was unable to take any further part in the competition.
In the local derby, Donegal v North West clash Donegal came away with a 5/2 win. N. West won 1st. Mixed - Dorothy McCullough & Noel Jackson beat Kathy Ann Gibson and David Magee 22/20, 21/8, as N. West also won 2nd. Mixed, uncle and nephew battled to a stand still with Karen Ballentine and Kyle Magee eventually beating Fiona Hillen and Jeffrey Magee 21/10, 20/22, 21/18. Church of Ireland beat their near neighbours Coleraine and Dt. 4/3, Coleraine only winning 1st. Mens and 1st. & 2nd. Mixed, clearly missing Ciara Nelson.
The last matches of the tournament saw Donegal beat the defending champions Coleraine & Dt. 6/1, Coleraine`s win came came in 1st. Mixed. Alison Park & B. Henderson beat Laura McElhinney & David Magee 21/16, 21/16. 1st. Mens David Magee & Jeffrey Magee beat B. Henderson & S. Curry 18/21, 21/15, 21/18. 2nd. Mens Glen Duncan (team captain) & Evin Henderson beat M.McConnell & R. Bell 21/12, 21/13. 1st. Ladies Kathy Ann Gibson & Rachael McNulty beat T. Downey & A. Park 21/18, 21/15. 2nd. Ladies Deborah Moore & Laura McElhinney beat S. Ferris & R. Huey 21/17, 14/21, 21/17. 2nd. Mixed Fiona Hillen & Jeffrey Magee beat S. Ferris & S. Curry 21/17, 21/16. 3rd. Mixed Deborah Moore & Simon Moore beat T. Downey & McConnell 21/15, 21/11.
North West produced their best performance of the day beating Church of Ireland 5/2.
2015 Jim Taylor Cup winners: Donegal = 17 Pts . Kathy Ann Gibson, Rachael McNulty, Deborah Moore, Laura McElhinney, team captain Glen Duncan, David Magee, Jeffrey Magee, Simon Moore & Evin Henderson.
Runners up: North West 10 Pts. Dorothy McCullough, Karen Ballentine, Deborah Henderson, Ashling Arnold, Noel Jackson. Kyle Magee, Jonathan Henderson & Anthony Donaghy.
2015 Jim Taylor Dv. 2. Winners: Church of Ireland, who had drawn 8 pts. each with Colerainre & Dt, who were Runners up.
Excellent tournament, congratulations to all the teams & players who took part.
Congratulations to the Donegal team on their success and the players who prepared and served tea`s to all the teams and a special note on how the Donegal players looked in their cool new outfits.
Most sincere thanks goes to Michael Murphy Sports, Letterkenny, Northern Auto Parts, Donegal Town, Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny & Donegal team selectors Ian & Alan Macbeth.
Co. Donegal Badminton Branch wishes a very speedy recovery to Ciara Nelson, Coleraine & Dt. and most sincere thanks to Donegal team captain Glen Duncan for all his assistance getting the injured player to Letterkenny General Hospital for treatment.