BADMINTON: Ulster’s top U15 players bidding to shine against Ireland’s finest in Lisburn

Rachael and Rebecca Woods
Rachael and Rebecca Woods
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Ulster’s top Under 15 players will be in action at the National Badminton Centre in Lisburn this weekend and will have to be on top of their form if they are to see off some of the top players in Ireland.

Clodagh Dunne from Taghmon is seeded to lift a hat-trick of titles in the Ulster U15 Open but will have to see off Alpha’s Rachael Woods if she reaches the final.

Dunne is seeded to meet Rachael’s sister Rebecca in the semi-final while Rachael is seeded to face Niamh Gannon at the same stage. However, Alpha youngster Beth Stephenson could create an upset.

Dunne teams up with Wallace High School pupil Beth Stephenson in the girls doubles and they are expected to face the Woods sisters in the final, while in the mixed doubles Kyle Magee and Clodagh Dunne are due to meet Adam Mcallister and Beth Stephenson in the final.

Raphoe’s Magee is tipped to further his reputation in this particular age-group by lifting the boys singles with Adam Mcallister Des Duggan and Mark Kinnerk other seeded players.

Alpha’s Matthew Prentice partners Adam Mcallister to head the seedings in the boys doubles with Mark Kinnerk and Kyle Magee their major opposition.