Girls Badminton Report 2019-20
Seven teams were entered in league and cup competitions-year 8, Minor (years 9 & 10), Junior (years 11 & 12) and Senior (years 13 & 14). The minor and junior teams competed in Division 1 of the league with the seniors playing in Division 2.
The year 8 team- Amber Buchanan, Zoe Kearon, Luisa Rooney and Eva Scott, started the season very well at the Year 8 Round Robin Tournament, which decides the seeding for the Cup. In the group section Friends’ defeated Strathearn, Wallace and Coleraine ‘B’ team to progress to the semi- final. The winning trend continued as they defeated Coleraine ‘A’ team in the semi-final and went one step further to defeat Sullivan in the final. This meant that Friends’ were seeded 1st for the Cup Competition.
In January, Friends’ continued their winning ways with strong performances against Ballyclare High and Bloomfield Collegiate, which resulted in Friends’ progressing to Finals day to face Coleraine ‘A’ team. In the final it was a remarkably close affair and the match finished level on games and had to be decided on points, thankfully Friends’ had a greater point tally and won the Year 8 Cup.
The Minor team in 2018/19 were Ulster League and Cup Champions and All Ireland League Champions and therefore had pressure to retain these titles.
The Minor League team consisting of Alana Jiandani, Jasmine Buchanon, Isabella Connor & Olivia Rooney defeated Coleraine and Hunter House in their group to progress to the semi-finals. They continued their winning ways and defeated another Coleraine side in the semi-final to qualify for Finals day. In the final they faced Royal & Prior and they saved their best performance to last, winning the match 4-2 and retaining the Ulster Minor League for the second year. Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus the All Irelands were cancelled and the team did not get the opportunity to retain the Irish title.
The cup team consisting of Laura Bell, Alana Jiandani and Jasmine Buchannon and Olivia Rooney faced a strong Hunter House team in the first round of the cup and unfortunately were narrowly beaten.
The Junior league team consisting of Laura Bell, Lucy Xu, Lucy Mathers & Sara Bamford had mixed results They defeated Royal & Prior and Bloomfield 6-0 in the group stages but had a tight match against Hunter House which they lost on points. This meant they were 2nd in their group but qualified for the semi-finals to face Coleraine. Friends played their best Badminton and defeated Coleraine to qualify for Ulster Finals day. In the league final against Royal & Prior they put up a great fight but unfortunately were narrowly defeated 4-2.
In the Junior cup the team of Lucy Xu, Lucy Mathers, Sara Bamford & Lois Au fought hard and played some good badminton but unfortunately lost 4-2 to a strong Royal & Prior team.
The Senior team of Bethany Au, Ella Agnew, Ellie Bamford, Georgia Reid, Emily McMurtry and Ella Brown had a mixed year. In the cup they faced the formidable Hunter House team, Ulster Champions for the past three years, despite putting up a good fight Friends’, were defeated.
In the league Friends’ defeated Cookstown 6-0 but then lost 5-1 to a strong Sullivan side. Due to finishing second in the group, Friends’ qualified for the ‘B’ league final and faced Coleraine, they put up a great fight but unfortunately were defeated 4-2.
In the Champion of Champions tournament held at Lisburn Racquets Club in November Jasmine Buchanan and Alana Jiandani came 2nd in the Minor doubles, Laura Bell came 2nd in the Minor singles and Bethany Au came 2nd in the Senior singles events. Last year saw the competition take on a different look with the introduction of awarding a team trophy to the school who achieved the most points scored throughout the tournament. Congratulations to our girls who achieved the highest total of combined points and were awarded the overall team trophy.
The Senior Boys' team (Conor Monteith, Matthew Prentice, Reid Lonsdale, Cameron Watson and Matthew Hamill) won The Ulster Schools League and Cup Double in March 2018.