U19 B Badminton Team
On Thursday 23rd January, the U19 B Badminton team headed off to Baldoyle Badminton Centre to take part in the Leinster Schools Badminton finals. The team consisted of Gillian Donohoe, Ellen Fay, Katie Mernagh and captain, Ciara Wall. The girls’ first match was against Eureka College, Meath. Eureka had a strong team but the girls gave it their all and won the match 4-2. Their next match was against a very strong Scoil Mhuire team. The winner of this match was to go on to play in the final and fight for a chance to get through to the All Ireland Finals. The girls battled it out against the Scoil Mhuire team in a nail-biting semi-final. They fought for every point and in the end the score was 3-3. This meant it came down to points and unfortunately St.Mary’s lost out on a place in the final by just 1 point. The final score was Scoil Mhuire 149, St.Mary’s 148. Hard luck girls! Well done for getting that far. Everyone played really well and they couldn’t have given it anymore effort. A big thank you goes to their coach Ms. Kelly and sports assistant/substitute Finóla Cassidy who came to support on the day.
Under 19A Badminton Dublin Schools Final
In the final of the Dublin Schools Badminton League, the St. Mary's Under 19A team travelled to Whitehall Road. The team consisted of Rachel Kinnerk, Caren Lee, Amy Barton and Orlaigh Behan. There, we met our opponents, Holy Faith Clontarf, who were equally eager for a win.
With a mixture of both nervousness and excitement, we stepped on to the court knowing that every point mattered if we wanted to advance in the competition. Each of the four singles matches were tough but played with great intensity and determination. The scores were close but St Mary's fought for every point and succeeded in winning all four matches.
After securing our place in the Leinsters with the singles, the pressure dwindled during the doubles matches. St Mary's once again played well, showing great skill and sportsmanship resulting in a win in both matches.
Overall the St Mary's team came out triumphant with a convincing 6-0 victory, winning first place in the division 2 final. We will now progress on to the Leinster final next week.
U19 B Badminton Team
Our St.Mary’s U19 B Badminton Team was very nervous going into the Dublin Finals as they were unaware of the ability of the team they were set to play. Our team consisted of Ellen Fay, Ciara Wall, Katie Mernagh and Gillian Donohoe. Unfortunately Gillian lost her singles match, a very tight game ending in 28-30. Ellen, however, kept our hopes alive overcoming her opponent 30-26. Katie was unlucky to be matched against a stronger opponent but Ciara made up for it, winning her match comfortably 30-15. At this stage St.Mary’s was level with their opponents, St.Joseph’s of Cluny. This meant that both our girls doubles teams needed to up their game to even be considered a place in the Leinsters. Ellen and Gillian had an impressive performance with a cracking comeback ending the game 30-26 to St.Mary’s. This only meant one thing – Ciara and Katie needed to get as many points as they could to send us through. The girls played out of their skins fighting to the bitter end in what can only be called a nail-biting match but unfortunately they lost out on a single point 29-30. However, it was just enough to edge St.Mary’s B Team into the Leinsters. What a day for the B Team. Each girl could not have simply played any better. It was a fantastic sight, an emotional occasion for St.Mary’s, with their team last winning the Division 3 Dublin Final in 1999. Thank you to our fantastic coach, Ms.Kelly for all her hard work over the past months. Well done girls and best of luck in the Leinsters next Thursday January 23rd.