The Scoil Mhuire, Carrick-on-Suir’s U-14 and U-19 badminton teams competed at the Munster Championships in the University of Limerick Arena last Thursday.
Following victory in the Tipperary Schools’ Championships in January, the girls were hoping to advance to the national stages of the competition.
The U-19 team of Marianne Walsh, Joanne Kelly, Maeve Lowry and Niamh Sanders were first into battle against Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne from Dingle and despite wins in singles matches were narrowly defeated.
The next match was against St. Anne’s of Killaloe representing Co. Clare, who proved to be the strongest team on the day of competition.
The U-19s were disappointed not to advance but gained enormously from the experience of competing at such a high level.
The U-14 team comprising Laura Dillon-Dunphy, Aoife Roche, Aoife Walsh and Kate Dillon-Dunphy faced Blackwater Community School, Lismore representing Waterford in the first round.
Both teams secured three wins from the initial matches with Scoil Mhuire coming out on top in points scored.
The Scoil Mhuire girls went on to comprehensively defeat Presentation Tralee, representing Co. Kerry with wins in all four singles matches and both doubles.
The deciding match against St. Anne’s of Killaloe was a tense affair. Scoil Mhuire emerged victorious with five wins from six closely-fought matches.
The national championships for the U-14 team will take place in March in Gormanstown College in Co. Meath.