Doubles win for cousins

Thomas Cherry and Oli Patterson took the Ulster Under 13 doubles title with a fine performance over number 1 seeds Mark Kinnerk and Kyle Magee at the Racquets Club recently.

Thomas Cherry and Oli Patterson.

They took the first set 21-15 and were unlucky in the second having come from five points behind to level at 20-20 only to lose 22-20.

The third set was a close affair with the cousins able to keep their nerve and win 21-16.

Both boys are also part of Ulster’s Raw Performance programme and aim to be selected for the up and coming interprovincials.

Meanwhile, eight year old Matthew Cheung and Stuart McCollam won the doubles title in Leinster.

The boys were seeded No2 in the boys doubles of the Leinster Under 11 Open and despite struggling to a 21-18 22-20 victory over Seamus Bradley and Peter Burke, they had to come back from a one set deficit to the top seeds David and Kevin Downey but battled back to take the title 18-21 21-16 26-24 in a nail-biting 38 minutes final.

Cheung had a straight sets win over Shane Flood in the quarter-final of the singles 21-15 21-13 but then faced David Downey in the semi-final.

In a match lasting nigh on half-an-hour Cheung could easily have taken either of the sets and the outcome could have been very different if the match had gone to three but the Stranmillis Primary pupil put in a very promising 21-19 22-20 performance.

And Chloe Woods who had topped the seedings in the girls singles had a quarter-final victory over Grainne McManus 21-10 21-14 but saw her challenge for the title end at the hands of Aisling Gannon 21-9 21-18 at the semi-final stage with Aisling losing out in turn to Claire Gannon 21-15 in the deciding set. Younger sister Paige meanwhile reached the semi-final of the consolation competition losing out 30-29 to Niamh Crowley.

There was further disappointments for the travelling entourage from the Alpha Badminton Club in Lisburn when sisters Chloe and Paige Woods were seeded No1 and despite taking the opening set 21-18 of their semi against Niamh Crowley and Fiona Mcadams, lost both the second and third sets 21-17.

Rachael Woods was seeded No2 in the girls singles of the Leinster Under 15 Open and reached the final with wins over Amy Lawlor 21-19 Cliodhna Duggan 21-12 21-13 and booked her place in the final with a comfortable 21-11 22-20 victory over Lana Browne. She lost the opening set of the final to Clodagh Dunne 21-9 but staged a fightback in the second but a couple of errors were enough for Miss Dunne to add the Leinster title to her haul of trophies earned this year.

Alpha’s Beth Stephenson who with Rachael will be in the Irish Under 15 squad for the European Championships knocked out her clubmate Rebecca Woods 21-17 21-18 in the quarter-final after Rebecca had wins over Leah Auld 19-21 21-17 21-14 and Niamh Evans 21-7 21-4 while Beth knocked out the seeded Karen Macnamara 21-19 21-16 but was to lose out to her doubles partner Clodagh Dunne 21-11 21-8 in the semi.

Stephenson and Adam Mcallister were seeded No2 in the mixed and recorded a 17-21 21-18 21-18 victory over Mervyn Magee and Rachael Woods while Matthew Smyth and Rebecca woods lost out to No1 seeds Kyle Magee and Clodagh Dunne 21-7 21-13 who went on to capture the title.

After knocking out the top seeded pair of Clodagh Dunne and Beth Stephenson 24-22 15-21 21-18 in the semi which lasted just short of the hour mark twins Rachael and Rebecca Woods trailed one set down to the No2 seeds Lana Browne and Karen Macnamara losing the opening set 21-14 but levelled by winning the second by the same score.

In a nip and tuck final set the Alpha pair could not make the necessary break-through and the title went to the No2 seeds.