Kerry Badminton Association News

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By Colm Griffin

Brewster Cup

The Brewster Cup Team from Kerry who took part and were runners up in the Brewster Cup Badminton Competition in Roscrea Tipperary Sunday 10 March. The Team is as follows. Front Row, L/R, Sinead Galvin, Edel Kenny, Jennifer Keane, Ruth Colcannon, Elaine Hudson. Back Row, L/R. Paddy Redmond, Fergal Hannon, Alan Nelligan, Michael Crosson, Tom Bourke, Manager. Photo by Tom Bradley

The creme de la crème of Kerry badminton travelled to Tipperary last weekend to take on the finest Munster had to offer. The Brewster is a prestigious competition that has been running since 1951 and it is a whole 16 years since the Kingdom last brought the cup over the county bounds.

This year four counties took part and first up for the Kerry team was Waterford. The Kingdom accounted for the Deise County 9-0 and after accounting for the home County Tipperary 8-1 in their second game Kerry were all set to take on Cork in a straight shoot-out for the title.

Cork took the first Men’s Doubles in two sets but Kerry got back on track with Edel Kenny (Kingdom) and Elaine Hudson (Moyvane) winning the first ladies contest 21-17, 21-17. Through Paddy Redmond (Listowel) and Alan Nelligan (Kingdom) Kerry took the second Men’s Doubles 21-10, 21-13 but the scores were level at 2-2 after Cork won the second ladies doubles.

Tom Bourke (Kingdom) put Kerry back in the driving seat with a comprehensive 21-8, 21-8 win in the Men’s singles and a thrilling ladies singles contest was to follow. Kerry’s Sinead Galvin took the first set 22-20 but was unfortunately was eventually beaten in three sets by Trish Herlihy of Cork.

At 3-3 it was all still to play for going into the three mixed doubles. Jennifer Keane (Killarney) and Tom Bourke were beaten in the first mixed but it was 4-4 when Elaine Hudson and Alan Nelligan won the second mixed 21-3, 21-7.

It was all down to the final mixed game and that heavy burden of responsibility was on the shoulders of Fergal Hannon (Listowel) and Ruth Concannon (Kingdom). The Kerry pair put up a spirited effort but unfortunately in the end the Cork pairing of Chris Quill and Kate O Mahony proved too strong winning 21-14, 21-12 meaning Cork retained the title.

Juvenile Mixed Championships

The Kerry Juveniles Un 13 Mixed Doubles Badminton Championships were held Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre Saturday 09 March. This photo shows as follows Un 13 Winners along with Runners Up. L/R, Ruadhan Donovan,Annascaul & Jessica O’ Loughlin, Kingdom Castleisland Maria Tritschler & Gearoid O’ Sullivan Listowel. Photo by Tom Bradley

90 juveniles took part in the mixed doubles championship in Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre on Saturday March 9th.

The following are the results:-

U11 Grace McGovern and James Burke Castleisland defeated Sinead Kelly and Oscar McElligott Listowel 15/10, 15/14

U13 Jessica O’Loughlin Castleisland and Ruadhan Donovan Annascaul defeated Maria Tritschler and Gearoid O’Sullivan Listowel 21/16, 21/10

U15 Deina Vesko Listowel and Evan McCarthy Annascaul defeated Sarah Hayes and Ethan Tritschler Listowel 21/15, 21/10

The Kerry Juveniles Un 13 Mixed Doubles Badminton Championships were held Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre Saturday 09 March. It was all Annascaul Un 13 Badminton Plate Final,with L/R, Jack Lyne, Padraic Moriarty, Stephanie Reid, & Sarah Casey. Photo by Tom Bradley

Plate Results

U11 Molly McCarthy and Tom Griffin Annascaul defeated Kate Mulvihill and Kian Lyons Moyvane

U13 Stephanie Reid and Jack Lyne Annascaul defeated Sarah Casey and Padraic Moriarty Annascaul

U15 Madison Carter Listowel and Emmet Daly Iveragh defeated Mary Casey and Dara Newsome Annascaul

Upcoming Dates

Sat Mar 23rd / Sun 24th – All Ireland Championships Grades B/E/H – Dublin

Sun Mar 24th – Munster Juvenile Inter County Championships Round 2 – Limerick

Fri Mar 29th – Div 1, 3 and 5 Mixed Doubles Championships – Killarney

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