Knock­out Cup ti­tles de­cided

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - SPORT -

Colm Grif­fin

KIL­LAR­NEY Sports and Leisure Cen­tre played host to a great day of bad­minton last Sun­day as the Knock­out Cup was con­tested at Di­vi­sion 3, 4 and 5 level, with three dif­fer­ent clubs tak­ing the re­spec­tive ti­tles on the day.

Di­vi­sion 3 was con­tested by King­dom-Castleis­land, Kil­lar­ney and Lis­towel. Kil­lar­ney came out on top on the day with 15 points with King­dom – Castleis­land tak­ing the run­ners up spot with 12 points. It was an im­pres­sive achieve­ment by Kil­lar­ney given the fact that some of the team nor­mally ply their trade in Di­vi­sion 4 and a cou­ple of the oth­ers on the team have only re­cently moved up from Di­vi­sion 4 to Di­vi­sion 3.

Di­vi­sion 4 was con­tested by four clubs King­dom – Castleis­land, Lis­towel, Bal­ly­heigue and Moy­vane. Lis­towel were go­ing for three in a row ti­tles but on the day came up short fin­ish­ing as run­ners-up with 18 points. A strong Bal­ly­heigue team with an im­pres­sive 27 points over­all took the ti­tle for the first time in the his­tory of the club.

Di­vi­sion 5 was a much more hotly con­tested event with four teams tak­ing part in­clud­ing the newly formed Bally­bunion Base­lin­ers who de­serve huge credit for con­test­ing the event given that only four clubs in all man­aged to get a team to­gether. The other teams were An­nascaul, Kil­lar­ney and Moy­vane.

Whilst the Base­lin­ers with 18 points fin­ished a very cred­itable third place only two points sep­a­rated the top two sides. The West Kerry team from An­nascaul in­clud­ing the re­doubtable 76-year old Sean Fo­ley came out on top with 24 points and Moy­vane with 22 points were the run­ners-up.

BUT­TER­FIELD CUP

A LARGELY in­ex­pe­ri­enced Kerry team played host to the But­ter­field Cup which ran side by side with the Knock­out Cup last Sun­day. It proved to be a straight shoot-out be­tween the King­dom and a very strong Cork team. Un­for­tu­nately the other Mun­ster coun­ties failed to send a team to this event for the top elite play­ers in Mun­ster.

Cork proved to be much too strong for a spir­ited Kerry side. Maeve Twomey and Elaine Hud­son in par­tic­u­lar put up a great fight in bring­ing their op­po­nents to three sets in the sec­ond Ladies dou­bles match but ex­pe­ri­ences like this will help these play­ers come on leaps and bounds in the com­ing years.

MOY­VANE TOUR­NA­MENT

THE main bad­minton fo­cus next week­end moves to Moy­vane for the run­ning of the their 33rd an­nual club tour­na­ment. Spon­sored by New­town­sands Co-op the ac­tion gets un­der­way from 12.15pm for the Di­vi­sion 5 play­ers. Di­vi­sion 4 gets un­der­way at 2.15pm, Di­vi­sion 3 at 4.15pm and Di­vi­sion 1 and 2 com­bined from 5.30pm.

Al­ways a won­der­ful club event be sure to let your club sec­re­tary know be­fore next Fri­day (Dec 7) if you are in­ter­ested in tak­ing part this year.

LEAGUE RE­SULTS

Suits Select Ladies Di­vi­sion 1 & 2 Com­bined League

Kil­lar­ney 3-5 King­dom-Castleis­land

Men’s Ad­vanced Clean­ing Sup­plies Di­vi­sion 4 League (Sec­tion B)

Moy­vane 2-4 Lis­towel

Men’s Ad­vanced Clean­ing Sup­plies Di­vi­sion 4 League (Sec­tion A)

Cause­way 2-4 Bal­ly­heigue

Ladies Agri-Auto Parts League Di­vi­sion 3

Moy­vane 6-0 Lis­towel

Ladies Agri-Auto Parts League Di­vi­sion 4

Lis­towel 6-0 King­dom – Castleis­land

UP­COM­ING EVENTS Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9

Moy­vane Tour­na­ment (Moy­vane)

Satur­day, De­cem­ber 15

Mun­ster Closed U-11 / U-15 (UL, Lim­er­ick)

Satur­day / Sun­day, De­cem­ber 15/16

All-Ire­land Cham­pi­onships Grades C & F

The Kerry team that took part in the But­ter­field Cup Bad­minton Com­pe­ti­tion in Kil­lar­ney last Sun­day. Front, l-r: Maeve Twomey, Ni­amh Hickey, Edel Kenny, Elaine Hud­son and Sinead Galvin. Back, l-r: Billy Lacey, Man­ager, Gio Gaudino, Tom Bourke, Christo­pher O’Donoghue and Fer­gal Han­non.

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