Darver’s U13 Boys team became county badminton champions for the first time after winning a very tight Co Louth final against Ardee.
The league stages of the competition involved Darver, Ardee 1 and 2, Silverbridge and Cooley. It was Ardee and Darver that topped the Group with Darver and Ardee with each winning one match each by three games to two in the head to head.
As expected the final was a very close and competitive affair. In the first game it was Darver’s Paul Coyne who came from behind to eventually win his singles game by 21 to 16.
The first doubles was evenly balanced with Darver’s Adam Kane and Cormac Harmon finishing strongly to win 30 to 18.
In what became the deciding match in the best of five matches, Ardee raced into an early 10-33 lead against Josh Mackin and Adam Kane. However the Darver pair fought back to level at 20 all and as the teams exchanged points it was Darver who came through narrowly by 30 points to 27.
The Darver team was Adam Kane, Paul Coyne, Josh Mackin, Cormac Harmon, Andrew McDonnell and Conal McCaul.
In a recent Leinster tournament two of the U13 county winners Adam Kane and Paul Coyne did the club proud when they came away winners of the U13 Boys Doubles competition.
Darver players represent Leinster and Ireland
Congratulations to past Darver player Liam O’Leary who is now in the top three senior players in Ireland and in the past year has represented Leinster and Ireland at senior level.
Also his brother Donal has represented Leinster at U16 level. Also congratulations to Ashleigh Coyne who has also represented Leinster in UK competition in the past year.
Last week Darver Juvenile Badminton Club celebrated their end of season with their presentation night. Well done to all the young players. The final competitions ended with:
Group 1 - Girls winner: Kelly-Anne Wilson, runner-up: Chloe Judge; Boys winner: Oran Colgan, runner-up: Patrick Harmon; U11 Mixed Doubles 1st: Oran Colgan and Kelly-Anne Wilson; 2nd: Patrick Harmon and Nicole Kelly; 3rd: Rian Colgan and Paige Kevitt.
Group 2 - U13 Boys 1st: Paul Coyne; 2nd: Adam Kane; 3rd: Joint: Josh Mackin and Cormac Harmon; U15 Boys 1st: Oisin McGuinness; 2nd: Sean Roddy;U15 Girls 1st: Patrice Coyne; 2nd: Louise Shaw; Doubles 1st: Adam Kane and Patrice Coyne; 2nd: Josh Mackin and Andrew McDonnell; 3rd: Oisin McGuinness and Louise Shaw.