The Glasgow Youth International weekend started with the team event for the Irish U13 Team where there were some great performances all around. The Irish U13 Team came up a Cyprus Team called Arion first. There were super performances in this match and Ireland won 5-0. The next match was against a tougher Scottish Team. The format for all of the team matches was one match in each of the five disciplines. Ireland fought hard here and came through 4-1 winners. The final group match was the most important as the English Team, Webber had beat both the other teams to the same scoreline the Irish Team had. This match was to secure a minimum second-place finish. The U13 Irish Team fought hard and had amazing support for each other throughout the match but they lost out on the narrowest of margins 3-2. 21-19 in the deciding match in a third game and overall the points tally was 658 points played 661. The Irish team went into a 3/4th place playoff. The team fought hard against the German Team BS Beuel but lost out 4-1. All around the team had a fantastic performance in that part of the event.
On Saturday the Individual event started. There was super individual performance in this section of the event with many of the players getting out of their group in what was a huge draw with over 140 entries. Siofra Flynn and Michelle Shochan had some great wins on Saturday to reach the semi-finals on Sunday, where they came up against a strong German pair of Segler/Sinner. The girls fought hard but the German's came out on top winning 19-21 12-21. This however secured bronze medals for both Shochan and Flynn.
Siofra Flynn also got through from Saturday with some great wins to reach the semi-finals on Sunday. Siofra came up against Lucy Dodd of England in her semi-final. Siofra was confident on the court a had no problems beating Dodd 21-7 21-9. In the final Siofra came up against Iona Muir of Scotland who she had lost to in the team event on Friday. Siofra showed great grit on the court in what was a fantastic and nail-biting match. Siofra won the match in three games 21-12 10-21 21-16 to secure the gold medal.
Also, a big well done to coaches Craig McCourtney and Jennie Magee who coached and looked after the players so well over the course of the weekend.
For the full results from the team event for Ireland, you can click on this link.
For the full results from the individual event, you can click on this link.
For the official tournament photos check out the Glasgow Youth International 2019 page on this link.