Celebrations as history is made at the Royal and Prior

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Celebrations as history is made at the Royal and Prior thumbnailRoyal and Prior Comprehensive School, Raphoe, pupils, Jamie Kee, Lewis Kee, Luke Magee and Benjamin Darragh who made up Minor Boys team, are presented with the Schools' All Ireland title. They also won the Ulster Cup and Division One trophies.

THE Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, Raphoe, made history after their Minor Boys team claimed the Schools' Ulster Cup, Division One league title and All Ireland titles.

The team, which consisted of four first year boys, Benjamin Darragh, Luke Magee, Lewis Kee and Jamie Kee, began their badminton season in confident manner with a 6-0 win over Friends' School, Lisburn.

The boys continued in the same vein beating all of their opponents 6-0. With such an excellent depth throughout the team they stormed through the season.

In the cup semi-finals they played Friends' School and earned their place in the final winning in a fashion they had become accustomed to.

In the Ulster Finals the Minor Boys won the cup final against Bangor Grammar, 6-0. Later in the afternoon the boys played the same school in the Division One League final and the boys proudly were titled Ulster Cup holders and Division One League champions.

These fantastic results meant the Minor Boys qualified for the All-Ireland Schools' Finals in Gormanston, Co. Westmeath on Wednesday, March 13.

The first match was against Leinster representatives, Terenure. Benjamin Darragh recorded a 30-22 victory over Irish front, Luke Davis.

Luke Magee beat Conn Murray 30-19 and Ronan Quinn 30-16 while Jamie Kee overcame Oisin Shannon 30-24.

Benjamin and Luke took their doubles 30-18 followed by an affirming double win by Lewis and Jamie 30-15.

Next up was the Muster representative, Blackwater School, and the team knew they only needed three points to be crowned All-Ireland winners.

Benjamin again took his singles against Cathal Murthy, as did Luke and the team were two up. Lewis showed a great level of maturity to beat Mark Ormond.

Jamie then beat his opponent in nail-biting fashion, 30-28 which meant the boys had made real their dreams of being All-Ireland champions.

The doubles were played out on a relaxed and confident style to cross the finish line unmarred by their opposition.

"In the history of our school and in Ulster School's history this cup has never graced the cabinet of any Ulster school, so this Minor Boys Division One Cup means so much to us and we are proud recipients for the 2016/17 season," said a spokesperson.

"Well done to this young group of lads for putting in such a valiant fight on finals day."

Check out next week's Strabane Weekly News to find out how the Senior Boys and Girls got on.


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