Knockout Cup titles decided
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.
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.
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.
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.