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Laois League Progress

The Laois League is nearing its conclusion in Grades 4, 5 and 6. Grade 4 has provided some excellent badminton with many tight results. Portarlington Parochial lead the way on 17 points followed by Rahan on 11 with a game in hand. Portlaoise G.A.A. are in third on 8 and Abbeyleix C.Y.M.S. trail on 6 after some mixed results. Although there is a big gap from top to bottom, any of the teams involved are capable of winning on any night.
      Grade 5 has a clear favourite with Carlow Y.M. on 21 points. Country Club have overtaken Athy R.F.C. into second place with the teams on 13 and 12 points respectively. Clonenagh are in fourth place on 9 points and Rahan are on 5 points.
     Grade 6 is hard to predict as many games remain to be played but Portlaoise G.A.A. look like favourites with some good early results.

Juvenile Westside Tournament

Juveniles from Portarlington Parochial competed in the recent Westside tournament which was held in Kilcullen. Hannah Kearon played in the under 15 singles and got to the final. Unfortunately she came out second best after a very good effort. Sean Faherty played in the under 13 singles and doubles. He came up against strong competition but got to the final of the single. He lost this in two sets to Donal Grogan of Boora. Sean played with Andrew Meehan in the doubles and they lost the final.
     Despite these excellent efforts, performance of the tournament goes to Ciara Faherty who played in the under 11 tournament. At 7 years of age, she was by far the smallest girl in the competition but what was most impressive was her excellent grip, footwork and stroke production. Ciara was in no way intimidated by the older, bigger girls, but met them on court as an equal. With her footwork, speed, and ability, Ciara proved more than an equal to most of the competitors. She worked her way through the singles competition to reach the final, where she met an opponent with equal talent but much greater age and size. After the first few rallies, the outcome became obvious, but Ciara never lost her composure and continued to try her best to score points, and never gave up. She is truly a competitor to watch for in the future. Aoife Geoghegan, Portarlington Parochial won the singles plate. Ciara and Aoife teamed up for the doubles. The girls played well together, looked like they were enjoying themselves on court, and finished the event with great smiles of happiness when they were crowned U-11 Girls’ Doubles Champions.

Laois Championships

The annual Laois championships were held in Vicarstown on Saturday and Sunday, the 28th and 29th of November and what a feast of badminton it turned up. There were superb games and almost all competitions proved to be extremely close, from top grade to bottom. Credit goes to the organisers and to the players who braved the elements to make it very successful. For results see Champs. 09. Posted 30th November 2009

Success for Laois juveniles

In action this past weekend for Laois Juveniles were Alex Whittle, Christopher Whittle, Sean Faherty, Diarmaid Faherty, and Clare Faherty, all from Portarlington Parochial. Clare played in the Ulster Open in Lisburn, and although she wasn’t among the winners, she did herself and her club proud. The boys all played in the Leinster tournament in Dublin. Alex Whittle and a Dublin partner finished runner-up in the U-15 Boys Doubles, and Plate Runner-Up in the Singles. Sean Faherty brought home a Runner-Up trophy in U-13 Boys Doubles. Christopher Whittle and Diarmaid Faherty were Winners in the U-11 Boys Plate Doubles. Posted 24th October 2009

Laois triumphant in Class 2 Inter- County

Class 2 had three teams in the finals which was played on a round robin basis. Both Laois & Wexford had good wins over Wicklow, which meant the last match turned out to be the decider with Laois coming from 3-1 down to edge out Wexford by 4 matches to 3 in a thriller. The team was Lorraine Hill, Dawn and Sharon  Cobbe, Wayne Carter, Mark and Alan Cobbe