The Kilkenny Schools Badminton A section saw favourites from Kilkenny College come out on top of a five-team round robin group at the Watershed last week.
Emma Duncan, Andrea Parr, Keri Willis and Tiffany Roberts proved too strong for Loreto Kilkenny, and Johnstown. The match against the Kilkenny College B team was a tough encounter but the second years had the edge over the first years. The toughest challenge came from Scoil Aireagail, but the college held on to take top spot with the Ballyhale team coming in second and the first year College team coming in third.
They now go on to the Leinster schools on March 2.
Douggie Power, Ian Atkinson, Andrew Levie and Stephen Agar won their section and then met the Kilkenny College B team in the semi-finals. In the finals, they met the team from Colaiste Mhuire Johnstown who had looked strong in qualification. The college put up a gallant fight, but were outplayed, and earned a well-deserved runner up spot.
There was a Beginners group for girls for the first time. Eight teams battled it out with great fun to eventually reach the final stage. Here, the Kilkenny College C and D teams met with the C team of Heather Donohue, Lauren Minion and Lauren Thomas and Caoimhe Moriarty having the edge over Aoife Moriarty, Sharon Eager, Anna Daly and Jessica Burton Restrick. The E team narrowly missed out on a semi-final spot by a single point.
All of the A group who practice on Mondays got to play matches, a great experience for them all.