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*Photograph: John Moylan

JUNIOR BADMINTON players at Ennis Tennis and Badminton Club raised €1000 for the Red Cross Ukraine Appeal.

On Good Friday, young members of the club took part in a fun whistle-stop blitz to raise funds for the Red Cross Ukraine Appeal. The aim of the whistle stop blitz was to score as many points as possible off your opposition within a short-time frame which leads to lots of fast badminton action as well as plenty of noise and banter.

U12 and U14 age-groups started the activity in the morning and this continued with a combined U16/U19 group in the afternoon. All age groups were well contested, with the U12 section won by Aleksei Tushkanov and Colin Hehir with James O’Connell and Lily Mantari in second place. The winners of the U14 section were Jack Doyle and Conor McMahon while the runners-up were John O’Connell and Iurii Tushkanov.

Tadhg Howard and Jack Cahill won the older age group with Kayla Connellan and Antonina Galka in second place. Junior Badminton players from Smash Badminton Club, Miltown Malbay Badminton Club and An Droichead Badminton Club supported the blitz with Badminton Ireland Activation Officer for Munster, Aisling Ryan present on the day.

Junior club members subsequently presented the proceeds of the blitz to club Treasurer, Tom Byrne. With contributions from the Junior Badminton Committee and a raffle held during the recent Adult Badminton Blitz, as well as a large contribution from the Club’s Management Committee, the total amount raised for the Ukraine Appeal is €1000. which will now be sent by the club to the Red Cross.

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