Locals to compete at Ulster U15 Open event

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Twins Rachael and Rebecca Woods and Beth Stephenson will be in action at the National Badminton Centre this weekend when they seek to lift the Ulster Under 15 titles on offer but they will have to be at their best.

In the Girls Singles seeded No1 is Taghmon’s Clodagh Dunne whose record this current year stands at an impressive 27 games played and has 20 wins to her credit. Alpha’s Rachael Woods is seeded No2 ahead of sister Rebecca and Niamh Gannon though Rachael will be keen to improve her head to head wins against Miss Dunne but interestingly the Hunterhouse pupil has won two of their last three encounters to lift the Munster and Irish Under 15 titles and losing in the Ulster Under 17 Open.

It will also be very interesting to see if Alpha’s Beth Stephenson can display the form which took her to the singles title in Leigh a few weeks ago and she would be due to challenge Gannon in the quarter-finals.

In the Girls Doubles Alpha’s Beth Stephenson is the top seed partnering Clodagh Dunne but the Woods twins will be hoping to push them close as they have in previous encounters having finished runner-up in the Munster Under 15 and Under 17s and winning in the Irish Under 15 and Irish Under 13.

Beth Stephenson is seeded No2 in the mixed doubles, partnering Adam Mcallister and they are expected to come through to contest the final against Kyle Magee and Clodagh Dunne with Magee seeded to carry off the Boys Singles from Adam Mcallister.