Connacht dominates All Ireland Badminton League


Connacht, the smallest of the three provinces in terms of numbers,  took four of the six titles on offer  at the Badminton Ireland Inter-Clubs finals held in  the Baldoyle and Terenure badminton centres.

image001A strong squad from Oranmore won the F division, beating University of Limerick,  and also won the H division. Near neighbours  Galway LTC took the G grade, beating St Mary’s Dunmanway.
Closest match came in the D division, where An Caislean Nua from Clondalkin beat Galway LTC 4-3 but lost out on the total of matches won when it came to the overall result. The tournament was played on a round robin basis, with each team playing two ties and the total number of matches overall counting for victory. Pics at

Grade C: 1 UCC, 2 Sligo LTC. 3 Old Bawn
Grade D: 1 Carrigaline, 2 An Caislean Nua, 3 Galway LTC
Grade E: 1 Sligo LTC, 2 UCC
Grade F : 1 Oranmore, 2 University of Limerick
Grade G: 1  Galway LTC, 2 St Mary’s Dunmanway, 3 Skryne
Grade H: 1 Oranmore, 2 St Mary’s Dunmanway


Olympic sailor Annalise Murphy won   the Laser class at the Italian Olympic Week  on Lake Garda.

In the medal race, Murphy caught the leaders on the first run and led the race from then. She had gone into the medal race as favourite having won six  races in qualifying.

Italian Olympic Week is the first regatta  of five in the Eurosaf series; next up is Delta Lloyd starting iin the Netherlands on May 21.


Madeline Perry  beat Natalie Grinham of the Netherlands to win the Texas Squash Open. In recent weeks, Perry has also won the Irish Open in Dublin and helped Ireland to silver at the European Team Championships.

Perry, seeded No 4,  progressed to the final, with good wins over American player Latasha Khan, Rachael Grinham (sister of Natalie)  from Australia, and then top seed Joelle King  of New Zealand.

In a see-saw the final,  Grinham made the better start winning the opening game 11-9.  Perry came back to take the second, Grinham took the third and again Perry pulled herself back into the match by winning the fourth against her visibly tired opponent. She then wrapped up the title by winning the fith game 11-6. It was an eleventh tour title for Perry.

Final: [4] Madeline Perry (IRL) bt [3] Natalie Grinham (NED) 9-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6

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