RACQUETBALL NEWS All the Latest News & Information on Irish Racquetball
Mens Open Singles Daire Gargan(Kingscourt), Michael Carolan(Kingscourt Racquetball Club) and Michael O`Loan (Queens)
Mens 40+ Singles Donal Lawlor (Clogh Moneenroe), Michael Carolan(Kingscourt Racquetball Club) Gary Lynch (Queens)
Kingscourt & Ulster Open Daire Gargan Wins First Men's Open Singles Title. Daire Gargan(Kingscourt) won his first Men's Open Singles title at the Kingscourt & Ulster Open held in Kingscourt Handball & Racquetball Centre, Co Cavan. He defeated Michael O`Loan (Queens, Belfast) by 2 games to nil (15-5, 15-4) in the final. Congratulations to Kingscourt Racquetball Club on running a successful tournament. Full Results Kingscourt Racquetball Open Finals Results 13 May 2017 Men's Open: Daire Gargan (Kingscourt) def Michael O'Loan (Queens) 2:0 Men's >40's: Donal Lawlor (Clogh Moneenroe) def Gary Lynch (Queens) 2:1 Men's B: Gary Lynch (Queens) def Francis Duffy (Aughamullen) 2:1 Men's Novice: John Carolan (Kingscourt) def Michael O'Cathain (Galway) 2:0 Men's Novice Plate: Pat McEnaney (Kingscourt) def Jimmy Gargan (Kingscourt) 2:1
Noel O`Callaghan wins Italian Open B Singles for Eoin Tynan
Noel O`Callaghan(Fermoy) & Eoin Tynan competed in the Italian Open on the weekend of May 20th & 21st with Noel winning the Men Open Singles, Noel combined with Eoin Tynan(Fethard) to win the Mens Doubles and Eoin made it a double for himself by winning the B Singles. Well Done lads!
Planned Development Squad Training Days June 10th or 11th June 24th or 25th July 8th or 9th July 22nd or 23rd
Mick Cunningham picks Junior Development Squad
Irish Junior Team coach, Mick Cunningham has chosen his 21 players for the Irish Junior Development squad. Traing days over the summer months will be organised.
The 2017 squad are
Kelly Anne Ryan
Galmoy win Aisling Hynes Cup
Galmoy juniors won the Aisling Hynes Cup at the Irish Junior Open held in Kilkenny & Callan in April. The final rankings were 1.Galmoy 2.Araglen 3.Fermoy 4.Castlebar 5.Mitchelstown 6.Kingscourt
Racquetball Ireland will support clubs who want to run a coaching clinics for adults and juniors at their clubs. Funds will be made available to clubs on application to the RAI. All courses must be undertaken by a qualified coach i.e a person who has done the RAI Foundation course. Please apply by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If your club does not have a qualified coach then the RAI will supply a coach for the session.
Irish Open Cancelled
Unfortunately the Irish & Arklow Open due to be held on the 29th & 30th April was cancelled due to insuffient entries. However is is hoped to run the Irish Open in conjuction with the Kilkenny Open in October. We willl keep you posted.
Welcome Fireballs Racquetball Club We would like to welcome new club, Fireballs Racquetball Club in Co Clare who recently affiliated to Racquetball Ireland. We were delighted to se sisters Clare & Nollaig Baker competing in the All Ireland`s in Ballinrobe. The new club can be found at the court in O`Callaghan Mills, Co Clare
60 X 30 Racquetball
Keep in mind that the 60 x 30 National Doubles for 2017 will be held in Mothel and Clogh, Co Kilkenny on the 10th June. There will be Open, Intermediate & Novice divisions and online registration will be open soon. The 60 x 30 National Singles will be held in September.
Racquetball Ireland extend sympathy to Mark Murphy(Kilkenny), Mick Cunninghma(Araglen) and Ailbhe & Eimear Gill(Ballinrobe) on their recent bereavements.
The IRF Racquetball Junior World Championships are coming back to the United States for the first time since 2012, and will be held from November 5-11. The IRF awarded the 29th edition of these Championships to Life Time Fitness in Minneapolis. The Target Center will serve as the home venue, which is also used by the US Open. Venue Minneapolis, USA
The IRF World Championships 2018 will be held in China. The IRF World Championships have been held every two years since 1981 and Ireland have competed in all expect two. Venue Kuantang, Haining City, Zheziang Province, China
US Open 2017 UnitedHealthcare US OPEN Racquetball Championships October 4-8, 2017 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held in Athlone on Sunday 24th September. We request that all clubs be represented at this important meeting. More details to follow.
Top Ranked Player Award
At the end of the 2017- 2018 season, the players at the top of the rankings in Men`s Open Singles and Women's Open Singles will be presented with an award. Both awards will be sponsored by Mayo Crystal
Racquetball Ireland always welcome new clubs to affiliate to the Association. If you wish to form a club or even join the Association as an individual member please email us on email@example.com
Racquetball Ireland reccommend that all clubs have Public Liability Insurance. Insurance brokers O`Driscoll O`Neill specialize in sports insurance - visit their website www.odon.ie
All Ireland Championships in Ballinrobe
The All Ireland Singles & Doubles Championships were held in Ballinrobe on the 8th & 9th April. Champions in 12 divisions were crowned and top place went to Damien Kavanagh(Arklow) who won three gold medals in Men's D Singles, Novice Singles & Novice Doubles. Patrick Hanley(Fermoy) won his second All Ireland Open Singles title while Aisling Hickey(Rossmore) retained the Women`s Open Singles title. Thanks to Ballinrobe Racquetball Club and Lakeside Sports & Fitness Centre for superbly hosting the Championships Full Results
This month we feature Katie Kenny & Don Lawlor
Katie Kenny Club; Castlebar, Co Mayp Grade: Open Occupation; Student Racquet:: Ektelon Sponsor: Ektelon
Katie has been playing racquetball since she was 8 years old and has represented Ireland at World Championships, World Junior Championships and European Championships. Katie is the currently All Ireland Doubles Champion with partner Aisling Hickey(Rossmore) We asked Katie a few questions and here are her answers.
What was your best win ever in Racquetball? Winning the European Doubles title in 2011 in Hamburg, with Majella Haverty What is your favourite tournament? All-Irelands, who doesn't love All Ireland day! What racquetball player do admire most? Rhonda Rajsich (USA), I once wrote an essay about her haha! Toughest opponent? Myself Favourite food? Too many to mention, let's just say I'm not fussy! What part of training do you dislike most? Drilling What would you like to change most in your game? To be better and serving and pinching What is your favourite TV show? Don't watch too much TV-too busy playing racquetball Best advice to give a young player? Stick at it, never give up, you'll get there in the end! If you joined the circus, what would you most like to do? Be a gymnast Goals for next season? All-Ireland champ, make the Irish team for the Senior Worlds in China and bring home a medal!
Club; Clogh/Moneenroe, Co Kilkenny Grade; B Occupation; Site Manager Racquet::Eforce Invasion
Don represents the Clogh/Moneenroe Club in Co Kilkenny. He is the current All Ireland C Singles Champion having won the title recently at the All Ireland Championships in Ballinrobe. He also won the All Ireland Intermediate Doubles with partner Mike Lynch (Roscommon & USA) We asked Don a few questions and here are his answers.
What was your best win ever in Racquetball? All Ireland's this year C Singles and Intermediate Doubles but any close games 11-10 wins are great. What is your favourite tournament? I love playing All Ireland's they are so competitive and hard to win. What racquetball player do admire most? You’d have admire Noel O`Callaghan for all his wins, but I admire all the older player's who keep playing in to 60 and 70s. Toughest opponent? John Comerford always found it hard to beat him and he is one of them older players I was talking about, but there's lots of tough opponent's. Favourite food? All food but love my spuds and have a sweet tooth. What part of training do you dislike most? Stretching, I’m not good at stretching after games and warm up. What would you like to change most in your game? I would like to improve my forehand kill especially off back wall What is your favourite TV show? Sunday Game, I'm hurling mad. Best advice to give a young player? Enjoy the game at your own level. Practice loads and you will make loads of friends at the sport. If you joined the circus, what would you most like to do? I would like to be a clown and make all the people laugh. Goals for next season? Improve my game and have a go at winning theB Singles at the 2018 All Ireland’s and maybe win an odd open game .