Frost and Ryan emerge top from National C’ship doubles
KATE Frost enjoyed a hugely successful outing at last weekend’s Irish National Badminton Championships in The Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena, Blanchardstown.
The Templeogue woman combined with Moya Ryan to land the Women’s Doubles title while also reaching the singles decider where she was undone by Rachael Darragh 21-8, 21-17.
Having competed together in a number in overseas competitons including last month’s Latvia International, Frost and Ryan were determined to capture the national title together for the first time.
And, facing off against the young pairing of Sophia Noble and Laura Comer in the final, they emerged victorious 21-12, 21-14.
“This was our first National title as a partnership and we were delighted to finally get over the line” said Frost.
“We came up short the last number of years, losing to triple Olympian Chloe Magee on a few occasions so it’s nice to finally win one.
“Hopefully, it will give us some momentum for our upcoming tournaments. We travel to the Dutch Open next week, followed by tournaments in France and Germany before we will be back on home soil for the Irish Open in November.
“There were some good performances over the weekend and it was nice to reach the two finals.
“It was a tough event this time around, being played behind closed doors, so unfortunately none of my family or friends could come and support, but I am looking forward to the Irish Open and next year’s Nationals in February where hopefully we will have spectators back again” she told The Echo.
On the club front, Frost has been enjoying a good run of late with German outfit SG EBT Berlin in the Bundesliga.
A successful first weekend saw them beat Trittau 6-1 and Hamburg Horner TV 7-0 to go top of the table on six points, with Frost winning both her singles and doubles games in the two matches.
She was unable to compete for the side when they lost 4-3 to Hohenlimburg before beating BC Peine to leave them second in the table, level on points with Hohenlimburg in first.