Munster title for Moyvane's Hudson Junior Griffin
The final competition of the Munster Badminton season took place at the Killarney Sports Centre on Sunday last where the singles winners of each county played off in each grade for the honour of being crowned overall Munster champion.
Kerry did strike gold on Sunday last and, again, it was a member of the all conquering Moyvane club of the current season, with teenager Elaine Hudson capturing this distinguished honour.
Playing in the Grade 3 section Miss Hudson had to face six sets of 21 aces each on her way to glory but she did not get the ideal start. Playing the Limerick champion she lost her first set but realising the value of each encounter she raised her game and captured the second set and from there on she could no wrong, winning both sets she played against the Waterford and Cork champions to win five out of the six sets played and thus guaranteed the gold medal for Kerry and Moyvane.
It was so near a second gold for Kerry as Tralee's Ruth Concannon went so close in the ladies grade 4 section. She won her opening games in fine style and it went to a straight shoot out between herself and the Cork champion but it was the Rebel county girl that prevailed but Concannon did bring home the silver medal for the Kingdom.
Most of the Kerry champions on view last Sunday were from the Moyvane club and all did their club proud with Myles Kearney in particular being involved in the most exciting competition of the day which was the Grade 5 section. The Tipperary champion was the overall winner here dropping just the one set out of the 10 played, but Kearney with both the Cork and Waterford champions finished level on six points each, thus it went to the count back of aces scored. It proved to be the silver for Cork but out of a possible 210 aces to play for, the gallant Kearney was just a meagre 11 points away from the silver medal. It was that close.
Kerry did strike another gold medal on Sunday last which was captured by Listowel's Fergal Hannon, a player who is also after an excellent Badminton season and who won the Grade 3 title when representing Cork through UCC and who overcame the champions of both Tipperary and Waterford on his way to glory.
At Grade 6 both Killarney's Maria O'Connor and Moyvane's Jamie Elliott finished in third place in their respective sections as did the Moyvane pairing of Helen Browne at grade 5 and Dermot Keane at grade 4 so all concerned can be happy with their overall performances.
Thus finishes the 2012/2013 badminton season and this writer would like to thank all involved in sport at The Kerryman for the continued excellent coverage given to badminton over the past season.