IT was not one of the better Munster championship days for the Kerry players who competed in the Munster senior 2 and the Graduate championships played at Killarney on Sunday last but any time you reach two finals and win one, one can't complain too much.
It was the ladies who once again kept the Kerry flag flying high as it was two pairs of the Kingdom ladies contested these finals, the Senior 2 final and the Graduate decider.
It was Mary Falvey and Eileen O'Connor who struck Gold for Kerry in that senior 2 encounter overcoming the strong Cork duo of Trish Doyle and Michelle Hayes in a tit for tat two set combat by 21-17; 21-15.
Kerry's second finalists were the Moyvane pairing of Saorise Fitzgerald and Elaine Hudson who captured a rapturous first set against the Cork pairing of Patricia O'Herlihy and Angela McCann.
In that awe inspiring set the sides were level all the way up from 12 all to 19 all but it was the Moyvane girls who came good by 21-19.
However, the Cork ladies set their stall out early in the 2nd set, winning by 21-8 and also took the third by 21-15.
Miss Hudson also contested the mixed semi-final with club partner Timmy Duggan. Like the ladies decider the Kerry pair also won the first set but lost out on both remaining sets. For Duggan it was a day of frustration as he had the unenviable distinction of contesting three Munster semifinals on the day but came up that bit short on all three.
Quarter finalists' in the graduate mixed were another Kerry pairing, Listowel's Mairead O'Regan and Castleisland's Fergus McCarthy.
Kerry Schools Badminton Championships
Twenty teams from eight schools competed in the Kerry Schools Badminton Championships played at the Killarney Sports Centre on the Tuesday of last week. Always a two-day event, the spacious eightcourt Killarney hall is a perfect venue for catering for larger crowds, so the schools committee took the decision of playing both the boys and girls competitions on the one day and it proved to be a most sensible solution and all the age groups were concluded in good time Boys Under 14 1st Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, 2nd Community College Castleisland Boys Under 16 1st Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, 2nd Community College Castleisland Boys Under 19 1st Tarbert Comprehensive, 2nd Comm College Castleisland Girls Under 14 1st St Bridgets Killarney, 2nd Presentation Castleisland Girls Under 16 1st Presentation Castleisland, 2nd Presentation Tralee Girls Under 19 1st Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne, 2nd Presentation Castleisland
Kerry County Championships
The Sweeney's Costcutter sponsored Kerry County championships commence at the Killarney Sports centre on Sunday next with the singles championships for both Ladies and Men in divisions 1,3 and 5. All players are requested to note a time change this season. The division 1 players will commence proceedings this season with division 5, at 2pm and division 3 at 4.30 pm. Another change this season will see the division 1 championships being ran off on the round robin basis.
All the participants who did the recent umpires course in Killarney are requested to be in attendance for the singles championships on Sunday next.
Munster senior league; After many years the Munster senior league competition has been revived and the Castleisland Library hall will host a first round encounter game on this Friday night between Kingdom, the home club, and the Lady Lane Club from Waterford City at 8pm.
The annual table quiz will take place at O'Donnell's, Mounthawk, Tralee on Friday February 8 at 8.30pm. All clubs are requested to support this quiz.
The Kerry Badminton Association's annual prize giving social will be in Fels Point Hotel, Tralee on Friday April 19.