Led by James Coughlan, St Brendan’s Community School, Birr, won the U14 Boys Post Primary Schools competition in Offaly to add to the U-16 and U-19 they had already won.
James dropped only one game in his three matches, and that was in singles to Darragh Tierney, Banagher College Colaiste na Sionna. James’ team-mates Aaron Browne, Shane Collins and Thomas Hogan added to St Brendan’s point total in every match.
St Brendan’s defeated Gallen were represented by Shane Murphy, Kyle Cornally, Alex Kearns, and Ronan McGuire. Against Killina, St. Brendan’s also had a 6-0 win. Conor Moran and Darren Caulfield came close in the 2nd Doubles against Shane Collins and Thomas Hogan, but fell short 21/18. Conor Morn played well in his singles to score 17 points against Shane Collins.
The ‘Match of the Day’ for the boys proved to be the match between St. Brendan’s and Banagher College. Darragh Tierney, Banagher won the first singles but St. Brendan’s won the next three games. For much of the two doubles games, Banagher CS looked set to force a draw but Birr edged ahead to win. The 4-2 win for Birr saw them crowned U14 Offaly Post-Primary Schools Champions. Banagher had to settle for the Runner-up spot. The Killina Presentation Secondary School team of Ciarain Condron, Conor Owens, Conor Moran and Darren Caulfied defeated Gallen CS, but lost to Banagher College team of Fergal Hanamy, Daragh Tierney, Declan Boylan and Michael Harrington.
The girls U14 Competition started with two 3-all draws. In the first game, the Colaiste Naomh Cormac, team of Aoife Sweeney, Becky Troy, Jennifer Bracken and Eilish Bracken, drew with the Killina team of Mikayla Mitchell, Cliodhna Monahan, Sarah Bracken, and Orlaigh Redmond, 3-3.
Banagher College Colaiste na Sionna and St. Brendan’s played the second 3-all draw.
Gallen Community School were missing two of their top girls, due to a conflict with a basketball match, but the players, Roisin Cockram, Chloe Mullen, Therese Cosgrove and Amanda Keena, wore their jerseys proudly and fought bravely for their school however they lost 5-1 to Colaiste Naomh Cormac.
The next match on court was Killina v Banagher College which Killina won 5/1 to keep pace with CNC.
St. Brendan’s then had a 4-2 result against Gallen and then Banagher College were no match for the strength of Colaiste Naomh Cormac. Again experience proved paramount and CNC won 6-0.
The match between Gallen CS and Banagher College was another exciting contest which Gallen edged 4-2.
The St Brendan’s team were in full stride when they met Killina but Killina fought back to draw 3-3. Against Gallen CS, Killina scored their third 3-all draw from four matches.
In the final match, St. Brendan’s met Colaiste Naomh Cormac. This was expected to be a tight contest. The CNC girls had been playing club badminton for several years. St Brendan’s were led by the Carroll cousins, Rebecca and Niamh who had played Offaly league with Kinnity this past season. However, the expected tight contest did not materialize as the Kilcormac school won 5-1.
When the final game wins were counted up, Colaiste Naomh Cormac finished on top, winning 19 games of the 24 they played. Killina finished in second place, slightly ahead of St. Brendan’s and Gallen. Colaiste Naomh Cormac will represent Offaly in Division 2 of the Leinster Blitz. Killina will represent Offaly in Division 3.
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