All Ireland Inter-leagues Review
08 May 2017
The conclusion of the 2017 leagues across Ireland came to a close on Sunday 7th May. The top club teams from around the country played against each other in their respective grades. The C,D,E and G grades were played at Baldoyle badminton centre whilst the F and H grades were played at Terenure Badminton Centre.
The Grade C category was won by Johnswell. In their first match Johnswell beat GLTC with relative ease. After overcoming a difficult start in the singles, the team showed real strength in their doubles partnership. This allowed them to come away with a 6-1 victory. To secure the grade, Johnswell beat Waterford 5-2. Despite facing some tough position and nervy moments Johnswell kept composed to once again put in a very strong performance in the doubles.
Ailesbury and Country club competed in a straight final in the D category. Ailsbury took control of the match early on by winning both their singles ties in straight games. The men’s doubles match saw Country Club pull back a tie as Michael Carson and Cormac Franks overcame David Freeney and Krzysztof Sieczkowski in a fifty minute back and forth match. This meant after the singles and doubles Ailesbury led 3-1 meaning that everything was to play for going into the mixed doubles. Ailsbury produced a strong showing winning two out of the three ties to win the match 5-2.
GLTC came out victorious in the Grade E category. Taking away two 5-2 wins over Baltinglass and Kilmacthomas respectively. The match against Kilmacthomas was the deciding fixture in the grade. GLTC started fast with wins in both the singles. This meant that if GLTC won two of their remaining five matches they would be declared the winners. Tom Doherty and Emma Murphy both won their second game after their previous singles wins to secure the title. Despite a strong mixed doubles showing by GLTC this was all a consolation.
The Grade F category was very closely contested. After a narrow 4-3 victory over Athboy-Kells. Killarney would come up against Ballina in the final match of the grade. After Ballina lost 4-3 to Athboy-Kells, a victory for them would see a three way tie in the group. Ballina started quickly winning both the singles matches. Killarney responded with two wins in the doubles. This set up an intruding final three matches. Despite a competitive fixture from Ballina, Killarney were able to come away with the trophy after edging out the mixed doubles with three victories. Two of the three mixed doubles matches would go to three games.
Sligo City beat Kilmacthomas in their final game with ease to claim the category. Sligo did not have it all their own way however in their first match against Mullingar. Both teams played to a very high standard and traded wins. Sligo were leading 3-1 going into the mixed doubles knowing that one win would see them win the match. Mullingar gave Sligo a fright as they won two of the last three games in three sets. However Miriam Brandt and Gus Chapman were able to win their mixed doubles game 21-18 and 21-12 to help Sligo take the match.
Nomads were able to come away with two victories in the grade H category to be crowned champions. After a 5-2 win over Claddaghduff, the category would be decided against St.Mary’s. Both teams had one win each coming into the match and Nomads won both the singles matches to give them the early lead. Gillian Hugnes and Emma Mullock came away with a three set win winning 23-21 in the last to give Nomads a 3-1 going into the mixed doubles. Nomads produced a clinical mixed doubles performance to claim the H title.
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