Jack Armstrong brings home Leinster title

Alpha's Jack Armstrong keeps his eye on the shuttle.
Alpha's Jack Armstrong keeps his eye on the shuttle.

Alpha’s Jack Armstrong was the only local champion at the Leinster Under 13 Open as he took the Boys Doubles with Peter McDonald.

Seeded No1, they had progressed to the quarter-finals with a 21-3 21-8 victory over Seamus Bradley/Peter Burke and eased through against Enda Clogher/Christopher O’Donoghue 21-17 21-9. They then edged past Sean Patrick Laureta and Alpha’s Jack Livingstone in the semis 21-19 22-20.

There were further problems posed by the No2 seeds Daniel O’Meara/Michael Staunton in the final as they had to come from one set behind. They upped their game considerably and were able to take the second set 21-14 before taking the lead in the latter stages of the decider to lift the Leinster title 21-18.

Beth Stephenson had to be content with runner-up the Under 17 Mixed Doubles after partnering Brian O’Mahony to shock the No1 seeds Mervyn Magee and Moya Ryan 17-21 21-12 21-13 in the semis. They crashed out themselves to the No2 seeds Kyle Magee and Clodagh Dunne 21-11 21-18.

In the Girls Doubles Alpha’s Kerri Scott came to within one match of winning the title. Partnering Clodagh Dunne they defeated Lana Browne and Karen MacNamara 21-14 21-11 before a walkover in the semi secured their place in the final but it was Kate Frost and Moya Ryan, seeded No2, who were to take the title in a match which lasted 30 minutes.

Jon McCreedy, meanwhile, partnered Matthew Smyth, his Alpha club-mate, to the runner-up spot in the boys doubles.

In the final against top seeds Adam McAllister and Brian O’Mahony the top seeds raced away to the opening set 21-14 but the Alpha pair took control in the second, winning it 21-17. They would have been somewhat disappointed that they didn’t make the most of the early parts of the decider and had to be content with the runners-up slot.