CDETB SCC BADMINTON FINALS
Wednesday 9th December 2015
By Louise Browne
CDETB SCC Badminton title honours went to three different schools Larkin Community College, Colaiste Eoin and Colaiste Dhulaigh at last Wednesday’s finals hosted by Larkin Community College in the heart of Dublin City.
Colaiste Eoin’s junior team, who had won the minor title last year for the first time, captured the Junior Perpetual Shield after recording victories against Marino College and the holders Larkin Community College.
Patrcja Ferdzyn, Jasmine Thornton, Aoife Valentine and Sarah Flanagan claimed a clean sweep in their singles matches. Kieran Collins, Lee Duddy, Dariusz Spik and Dmydro Brykylo did likewise in their boys doubles finals.
The Finglas school’s domination continued in the girls doubles and the mixed doubles to lift the Junior Shield.
Colaiste Eoin also faced Larkin in the minor title decider with the hosts getting the better of the reigning champions.
Eoin’s Wictoria Ferdzyn had a two set win in the girls singles final before Larkin’s Calum Kiely levelled matters with his victory in the boys singles game.
In the boys doubles encounter Larkin’s pairing of Jack Gavin and Scott Hickey overcame Eoin’s Patrick Hoey and Zack Gilmartin O’Neill 11-6, 11-4.
Larkin sealed the title when Rose Fatima Mesquita and Kiely beat Wictoria Ferdzyn and Mark O’Brien in the mixed doubles.
In a repeat of last year’s Intermediate final between the holders Larkin and Colaiste Dhulaigh the roles were reversed this time around with Dhulaigh lifting the Perpetual Shield.
The final went right down to the wire with the winners of the deciding game, the girls doubles, taking home the silverware.
Dhulaigh’s duo of Courtney Higgins and Sorcha O’Kelly won the opening set of three 11-6. Larkin’s Denise Hopkins and Emma Mullin kept in touch with their opponents early in the second set.
Higgins and O’Kelly’s skill at the net came to the fore midway through the set going on to win it 11-7 to take the Shield back to the Coolock school.
Larkin’s Gerard Black won his singles match, Higgins did likewise in the girls singles for Dhulaigh. Ciaran Walsh and Dean Barrett gave Dhulaigh a slender lead with victory in the boys doubles.
The hosts bounced back when Black and Hopkins won the mixed doubles but it was Dhulaigh’s name that was engraved on the Intermediate Perpetual Shield for 2015.