Jonathan Dolan Blasts to Victory at the Connacht Open held in Summerhill College by the Sligo City Badminton Club. Beating Stuart Lightbody in the singles and Stuart Lightbody and Crona Rooney in the mixed doubles. It's a great win for the local man and a real boost for his confidence.
Commenting after the games "Feeling great to be back and competing and of course winning is the icing on the cake but most importantly I'm just back enjoying playing again after missing so much badminton when I was injured. The singles I found it tough physically by the time I had got to the final so I don't feel like I performed to my best in that match but other than that I think I played well. I'd like to thank anyone that made the effort to either play or come down and watch the day's play and I hope Ye enjoyed it. A very well run competition so hopefully more players will come next year." Jonathan Dolan
Under 17 star Adam McAllister and partner Brian O’Mahony loose out in the men’s Doubles Final. They came up against stiff opposition in the form of Daniel Magee, brother of Rio 2016 Olympian Chloe Magee, and partner Eddie Cousins. Unseeded Adam and Brian did well to beat the number one seeded pairing of John Finnegan and Jack O’Brian.
Sinead Chambers and Jennie King had a titanic battle in the first set against Kate Frost and Moya Ryan. In a set that is supposed to finish at 21 unless it is all square at 20 – 20 it is then required to win by 2 or get to 30 first. This set reached 27-25 in favour of Sinead and Jennie. Unfortunately for Kate Frost and Moya Ryan the pairing of Sinead and Jennie proved too strong in the second set and lost 21 – 12.
In the Ladies Singles Beth Stephenson commanded the game and won very convincingly over Lucie Corcoran winning 21-5, 21,14
Sligo City Badminton is hosting the Connacht Open in Summerhill College this weekend. Although many of the big names in Badminton have entered, the Sligo City player, Jonathan Dolan, is hoping he can pull some big results out of the bag. He’s playing Singles and Mixed Doubles with his fellow international, Lisburn’s Sinead Chambers. This is only his second competition in two years following a lengthy injury so it will not be easy for him. Jonathan has been coaching a lot of the up and coming talent in Sligo and beyond and will now be facing some of his protégés.
One such player is Sligo City player, Adam McAlister, who last weekend took the Boys Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles in the Ulster under 17 Open in Lisburn. He just missed out on getting the treble because fatigue sets in and he lost the Singles in a very tight three-setter against Kyle Magee.
Former international, Daniel Magee, brother of Olympian Chloe Magee is also entered in the Mixed Doubles with Jennie King another Irish International as his partner.
Sligo City Badminton Club has many members playing in the competition. In Men’s Double's we have Brian Caliendo, of Liber bookshop, partnered with John Kiernan, Ian Frizzell with Michael Healey and Adam McAlister playing with his fellow International,Brian O’Mahony from Cork. Playing men’s Singles are Tony Crowley, Jonathan Dolan, Ian Frizzell and Adam McAlister. In the Mixed Double's Jonathan Dolan plays with Sinead Chambers and John Kiernan with Ruth O’Hart.
Spectators are welcome to come along and see some top class badminton being played free of charge. Food will be served all day in Summerhill. Details of the event can be found on badmintonireland.com with times and live updates of matches.
Thanks to James Connolly for photos and Aengus Sheerin and Paul Lynch for officiating.
Article submitted by Connacht Branch.