The Louth Open was held in Dundalk Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club last weekend. With over 70 entries from some of Ireland’s top players it was bound to be a thrilling weekend of badminton.
Daniel Magee and Fiona Glennon both won two titles. Dan/Mark Topping in the men’s doubles while Fiona also took the women’s doubles with her sister Pauline to add to their Munster Open and Yonex Autumn Open titles. Then Dan and Fiona joined forces to take the mixed together.
In men’s singles the number one seed Nigel Boyne had a bye in the first round then took on Azhar Syed in the quarter finals and won 21-13, 21-8. Nigel then played Mark Brady3/4 and lost 21-16, 21-15. In the other half of the draw the number two seed Nhat Nguyen beat John Finnegan 21-8, 21-6. Brian Dignam 21-4 21-9. In the semi-finals Nhat played Owen Marron3/4 the Munster Open winner and won comfortably 21-13, 21-11. In the final Nhat proved too strong for Mark and won 21-13, 21-11.
In the women’s singles, the number one seed Moya Ryan played Karen Nelson. Karen fought hard in the first game but Moya was just too tough and won 21-14, 21-5. Next up for Moya was Rachael Darragh the Connacht Open winner. In the first game Moya didn’t seem to be in the game and lost 21-5. The second game was much tougher for Rachael in a highly fought game where Rachael narrowly took it 21-19. In the other half of the draw Lucie Corcoran the number two seed was just too strong for her opponents beating Rachel Boyle 21-13, 21-19 and Norma McIntyre 21-18, 21-15 in the semi-finals. In the final Rachael dominated the game taking it with ease to claim her second title of the season 21-7, 21-10.
In the men’s doubles, the number one seeds Paul Reynolds/Nhat Nguyan and the number two seeds Dan Magee/Mark Topping didn’t seem to have too much trouble on their way to the final. This was the match of the tournament. The young guns Paul and Nhat fought hard in both games and put on a fine display of badminton for the spectators in Dundalk but alas they were no match for the veteran pair Dan and Mark who took the final in straight games 21-14, 21-18.
The first game in the women’s doubles was very exciting where Brenda Murray Flynn/Sarah Russell took on Laura Hennessy/Ciara McCooey. It was with sheer grit and determination the girls from Boyne BC Brenda and Sarah won the game in three games, 18-21, 21-13, 21-18. The two girls then met the number one seeds Jennie King/Norma McIntyre where the seeds won 21-8, 21-10. In the semi-final Jennie/Norma played the current Munster and Autumn open winners Fiona and Pauline Glennon in a very close match. Jennie/Norma were 20-18 up in the first game but lost 22-20. In the second game it was point for point all the way but the Glennon sisters narrowly took the game 22-20. In the other half of the draw the number two seeds Rachael Darragh/Moya Ryan met local girls Deirdre Duffy/Noemie Michalik in the semi-finals. Moya and Rachael won comfortably 21-8, 21-15. The final was a closely fought match between the four ladies. Every single point won was a battle. In the end the experience of Fiona and Pauline Glennon had the edge on their younger opponents and won 22-20, 21-19.
One of the best games of the tournament was in the second round of the mixed where John Finnegan and his sister Clare took on the number one seeds John Amond/Laura Hennessy. It was one each going into the third game where the combination of John and Clare won 21-19, 12-21, 25-23. They then met Neil O’Flaherty/Fionnuala McCourt for another battle and lost 20-22, 21-15, 21-18. Neil and Fionnuala got a walkover to the final. In the other half of the draw Enda Daly/Fiona Farrell played Jonathan Curry/Kenda Ho, Enda and Fiona won 19-21, 21-14, 21-14. Next up for Enda and Fiona (Kadca)was the number two seeds Dan Magee/Fiona Glennon. The number two seeds were too strong and outwitted the Kadca pair. Dan and Fiona won with ease 21-11, 21-10.
Congratulations to The Louth Badminton Association for putting on a fantastic event and the hospitality was so welcoming. The players and spectators were very thankful for the fine sandwiches, cakes, soup etc you prepared for them.