Tony Murphy sets sights on Leinster Open success

Alpha's Tony Murphy
Alpha's Tony Murphy

Attention this weekend will be spread between the Leinster Badminton Centre which plays host to the Yonex Leinster Open and the Baldoyne Centre which will host the Yonex Leinster Under 11 and Under 15 Opens.

Ulster’s Kyle Magee will be bidding to take the boys singles title while the Woods twins from Alpha, Rachael and Rebecca, join their clubmate Beth Stephenson in trying to wrestle the Girls singles title from top seed Clodagh Dunne who took the Ulster Grade A title last week from Rachael 21-16 14-21 25-23.

While Nigel Boyne is seeded No1 in the Mens Singles Alpha’s Tony Murphy has shown that he is more than a match for the rest of the players in the draw while Stuart Lightbody proved last week in Lisburn that he has the beating of the seeded Mark Brady while his Alpha clubmate Curtis Presho will be keen to put his disappointment in Lisburn last weekend to rest.

Alpha’s Ryan Stewart and Ciaran Chambers top the seedings in the mens doubles and are expected to face Leinster’s Niall Tierney and Dan Magee in the final but watch out for Ulster’s Tony Murphy and Stuart Lightbody who showed signs of developing into a strong partnership in their last appearance together.

Jenny Magee (nee King) and Sinead Chambers are seeded to lift the women’s doubles title with their major challenge likely to come from Gemma Tobbin and Ciara O’Connor while the mixed doubles will see Ciaran and Sinead Chambers likely to face Tony Murphy and Jennie Magee in another close contest.

Two Alpha players will undoubtedly have a part to play in the Boys doubles as Matthew Prentice and Mark Kinnerk as their respective partners Adam McAllister and Kyle Magee contested the recent contest when McAllister and Prentice reigned supreme but Leinster pair Des Duggan and Ben O’Shea will be waiting in the wings if either of the top seeds falter.

Two pairs have dominated the Girls Doubles scene so far this season and this reflected in the seedings and it would be difficult to see another partnership edge either partnership out of the final with Rachael and Rebecca Woods knocking on the door to snatch the title from the grasp of Clodagh Dunne and Beth Stephenson.

Clodagh finds herself seeded No1 in all three events and partners Kyle Magee in the mixed and it is perhaps in the mixed where she will be most under threat with Adam McAllister and Beth Stephenson bidding to contest the final but Des Duggan and Niamh Gannon are also likely to play a role in the outcome of the title.