THE Kerry Badminton Association County Championship series for the 2012/2013 season commences on this coming Saturday in the eight court Killarney Sports complex and once again it is the juvenile singles championships for girls and boys at each of the age groups that will set the ball rolling, or the shuttle flying, for the start of the new season.
All County Championships will this year be sponsored by Sweeney's Costcutter, Upper Castle Street, Tralee and all players are requested to sign in by 10.45am for an 11am start.
Entries to Mrs. Eileen Roche, Glin Road, Moyvane not later than midday this Thursday. Umpires course OVER 20 participants from throughout Kerry took part in the umpires course, which was held in Killarney last weekend and was organised by the Kerry association and facilitated by a team of Badminton Ireland umpires who travelled from Dublin.
The feedback from this course was certainly a positive one and it is hoped that each of those who completed the course will endeavour to go to the next level, as umpires, like referees, are most important to all sports. Munster class 3 team event THIS Munster competition will be held in Cappoquin, County Waterford on Sunday next and Kerry had what looked on paper a strong enough team entered to compete.
Regretfully, in recent days some members off the team have notified manager Tom Bourke that they are unable to travel so there was no other choice, but to withdraw the team as the numbers at this level in the county are limited.
From a county and team aspect this was a most disappointing decision by those players and unfair to the other team members, who have trained so hard in recent weeks and it is hoped that when the All Ireland series proper will come around next February all panel members will give one hundred per cent commitment to both county and manager. Forms ALL players throughout the county are advised that the entry forms for the four separate tournaments that caters for all divisions, which will be played in Killarney on Sunday, December 2 have now been distributed to each club.