Wallace High School badminton players had a very successful day at The Ulster Schools’ Championships , held in the National Badminton Centre last Friday, winning a total of seven titles.
The year 8 team of Ashleigh Stephenson, Caitlin Dornan, Tessa Stewart and Jenny Emerson defeated Bloomfield Collegiate by 4 games to 2. The Minor girls also had two very convincing wins, with Caroline Davis, Alison Topping, Holly Clarke and Sophie McComish defeating Friends’ by 5 – 1 in the Cup Final. The Minor League Team, Caroline Davis, Alison Topping, Holly Clarke and
Rebecca Reid enjoyed a superb 6 – 0 victory over Royal And Prior.
Also at Minor Level the Wallace Boys’ team – Chris Davis, Tony Stephenson, Tom Harris and Chris Scott, defeated Ballyclare in the Ulster Cup Final by a fantastic 6 – 0 . The Wallace Junior Girls brought home both League and Cup silverware to Clonevin Park with two convincing wins. The team – Emma Calow, Pippa Taggart, Kathryn McGladdery and Ashleigh Davidson defeated Coleraine by 6 – 0 in the Cup and Royal and Prior 6 – 0 in the League.
In perhaps the most nail biting final of the day, The Wallace Senior girls’ team of Erin Keery, Gemma Ritchie, Jenny Irvine and Anna Blackburn were defeated in the Cup final by the closest of margins playing Royal and Prior. Both schools won 3 games and 7 sets apiece, with victory for the Donegal school eventually pipping Wallace at the post with an eleven point lead.
In the League Final the Wallace team of Erin Keery, Gemma Ritchie, Jenny Irvine and Michelle Davidson once again faced Royal and Prior, but the Lisburn girls emerged victorious with a healthy 4 – 2 margin.
The Wallace squads are now looking forward to the Irish Finals scheduled for Drogheda in mid April. Miss Andrea Spiers commented, “We are very proud of our players’ success at the Ulster Finals, which come at the close of another busy season. Badminton continues to flourish here in Wallace and the commitment, enthusiasm and talent of our pupils is second to none.”
Last modified: May 15, 2007