Action resumes on badminton courts
THE NEW badminton season is up and running, with the following results recorded so far in the mixed leagues as dedicated players get back into the swing of things all over the county
Division 3: Shelbourne A 8, Shelbourne B 0; Ballinkillen 6, Gorey 3; Shelbourne A 8, Shelbourne D 3. Division 4: Taghmon 4, Ballinkillen 6. Division 5: Shelbourne 5, Terrerath 6; St. Martin's 5, Gorey 5.
The Division 4 Mixed League kicked off in Taghmon on Thursday last when the Carlow team, Ballinkillen, visited for a first round encounter.
In the men's doubles John Walsh and Noel Dunne won in two straight sets against Niall Amond and Shane Kavanagh, 21-10, 21-13, getting the locals off to an impressive start.
In the ladies' doubles, Helen Butler and Clodagh McDonald faced stiff opposition from Mary Blanchford and Edel Jordan and it proved a tough contest from start to finish.
The Taghmon girls took the first set 21-12, producing their best badminton of the night on the way as it turned out.
However, the Ballinkillen ladies took the second set 21-10, showing no ill-effects from the long journey south which they have been making to guarantee competitive badminton for their club.
Ballinkillen were now on a roll and the ladies from south Carlow took the third set in very convincing fashion on a 21-4 scoreline.
In the first mixed doubles, John Walsh and Helen Butler were defeated by Niall Amond and Mary Blanchford, 21-18, 21-12, as Ballinkillen maintained their grip on proceedings.
In the second mixed doubles, Noel Dunne and Clodagh McDonald won the first set 21-18 to give the Taghmon squad hope of an overall victory.
In the second set they were unlucky to lose 21-19 to Shane Kavanagh and Edel Jordan though, leaving it all to play for in the third set. Ballinkillen took that third set 21-12 and won the night's play 6-4 to make their trip well worthwhile and fill them with confidence for the remainder of the campaign.
Clubs are reminded to get their affiliations renewed for the year by sending their payments in to the County Secretary and to Badminton Ireland respectively, and also to ensure that all players have renewed their player registration, as those who are not registered are not covered by insurance to play in competitions.
Adult county team training will take place on the following nights: November 2, Ramsgrange; November 9, Ramsgrange; November 16, Ramsgrange.
Juvenile blitz tournament: closing date for Under-15/17 entries, October 26; closing date for Under-11/13 entries, November 2.
Early rounds of the charity tournament will take place on: Sunday, November 4, Clonroche Hall; Friday, November 23, Taghmon Community Centre; Saturday/Sunday, December 1/2, semis/finals, Ramsgrange Community School.
The Under-15 county team will play in the Leinster inter-county tournament in Baldoyle on Sunday, November 11.