Flaherty pipped for Munster gold
KILLARNEY, Carrigaline, Cappoquin and Roscrea hosted the badminton action over the past weekend with the outstanding Kerry success in Carrigaline and Cappoquin.
In Carrigaline it was gold for Kerry in the grade C singles section with Tom Bourke, of the Kingdom Club, Castleisland, winning the Munster senior title. Bourke shared two sets with the fancied Liam McNamara of Cork in the play-off, 20-21, 21-18, but on the count back of aces Bourke was declared the Munster champion.
There was two silver medals in Cappoquin for Kerry with Sinead Galvin of Killarney defeating the Limerick and Waterford champions, before sharting a set each with the Cork champion but losing the gold on the countback.
Moyvane teenager James Flaherty in the Grade F section won three out of four games but was just pipped for gold by 21-20, 21-19. No report was received from Roscrea.
* Killarney hosted the inaugural Grade D Munster Inter-county competition on Saturday. In round 1 Kerry lost to Cork 6 games to 3. The Kerry winners were Paudie Horan and Michael Crossan at second mens, 24-22; 15-21; 21-17; Catherine Murphy and Elaine Hudson at second ladies doubles, 21-11, 21-18; and in third mixed Dermot Keane and Catherine Murphy won 21-11; 22-16. In the mens singles Fergal Hannon lost 21-19; 18-21; 18-21.
Kerry then played Tipperary only to lose 8-1. At ladies singles Elaine Hudson was the only Kerry winner but five of the other ties went to the third set. The final game saw Kerry pipped 5-4 by Waterford and amongst the Kerry wins were Fergal Hannon and Dermot Keane at first mens and Brid Murphy and Jennifer Keane at first ladies.
The Kerry squad was Sinead Galvin, Brid Murphy, Catherine Murphy, Jennifer Keane Elaine Hudson, Fergal Hannon, Michael Crossan, Dermot Keane, Paudie Horan. Manager: Helen Twomey. Coach: Billy Lacey
* This Friday in Killarney the CPC.IE County Championships continues with the mixed doubles ties for divisions 3 and 5. Two players at division 3 are going for a coveted treble of championship titles won within the same season and these teenagers, Maeve Twomey of Killarney and James Flaherty of Moyvane, are playing together.
There are no treble chasers at the division 5 level this season. All players to check in by 7.45 pm. In the Munster Grade B final Kerry travel to Carrigaline to take on Cork.
* Sunday sees the division 1 mixed championships taking place in Killarney with Dingle's Ciara O'Connor and Castleisland's Tom Bourke trying to complete the treble. Bourke is the defending mixed doubles champion and teams up with regular club partner Helen Twomey who is the Kerry record holder in the mixed doubles championships. Sunday sees her bid for her 11th division 1 mixed doubles crown.
The other treble chaser at division 1 is Ciara O'Connor and she has proven to be a worthy mixed doubles adversary. She and her partner, Castleisland's Alan Nelligan, have toppled the title holders in the past and Twomey/Bourke would hold no fear for them on Sunday. If both these pairs progress to the final it should be an absolute cracker. All players taking part in the division 1 championships on Sunday are to sign-in by 11.45 due to a clash of other fixtures.
A new procedure on Sunday will see the commencement of the Knock Out Cup competitions, sponsored by Ashe's Bar Glenbeigh, for Divisions 2, 3, 4 and 5. Normally over the years the preliminary rounds for these competitions would have been played on week nights, but it was decided to arrange these for next Sunday with the finals proper to be played on April 16. Starting time is 12 noon.