The Munster U13 Open concluded today in Nenagh College with all of the semi-finals and finals matches being played. Today was the culmination of a huge weekend of badminton for this age group and, with 43 players entered in the Boys Singles and 32 players entered in the Girls Singles, it was a late finish on Saturday but the day provided many fine games for those present.
In the Boys Singles Final David Downey justified his No. 1 seeding by winning a very tight match against second seeded Matthew Chung on a scoreline of 21-19, 21-18. Matthew gave this match everything he had and both players contributed to a very entertaining final.
In the Girls Singles Final 3/4 seed Leonie Ward took on No. 1 seed Sophia Noble and, again, the spectators were treated to an excellent final, with Leonie digging deep to win on a scoreline of 21-19, 21-18.
The Boys Doubles final promised to be one of the most exciting matches of the tournament, between Benjamin Darragh and Vincent Pontanosa and Paddy Nolan and Munster's Christopher O'Donoghue. Benjamin and Vincent had taken out the No. 1 seeds, Kevin and David Downey, in one semi-final, while Paddy and Christopher took out the No. 2 seeds, Stuart McCollam and Matthew Cheung, in the other semi-final. All four boys gave this match everything but Paddy and Christopher were victorious in the end on a scoreline of 21-13, 15-21, 21-15.
In the Girls Doubles Final, No. 1 seeds Sophia Noble and Fiona McAdams pushed the No. 2 seeds Leonie Ward and Aine Crowe all the way in the first set, but Leonie and Aine took it on a scoreline of 22-20. In the second set, Leonie and Aine were the stronger pairing, taking the second set, and the match, 21-13.
In the Mixed Doubles Final, No. 1 seeds Leonie Ward and David Downey faced 3/4 seeds Aine Crowe and Vincent Pontanosa. Aine and Vincent had beaten No. 2 seeds Sophia Noble and Matthew Cheung in yet another exciting semi-final, on a scoreline of 16-21, 23-21, 21-19. In the final, however, Leonie and David proved to be the stronger pairing, taking the match 21-9, 21-14.
Many thanks to the players and parents for their patience and good humour on a long and tiring day on Saturday. Thanks to the semi-finalists and finalists today for providing such excellent matches, and thanks to our volunteer scorekeepers today who counted matches throughout the day. Many thanks also to Nenagh Badminton Club for providing excellent catering facilities throughout both days. For more pictures from the event click here.