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Relaxing at the Tralee Open in January were Bernadette O`Callaghan(Fermoy), Olivia Downey(Moycullen) and Donna Ryder(Newport)
Murphy Supreme at Tralee Mark Murphy(Kilkenny) was the winner of the Mens Open Singles Final at the Tralee Open held in Tralee Regional Sports Centre on 20th & 21st January 2018. He defeated number 1 seed Noel O`Callaghan(Fermoy) in the final. In the Women's Singles, Aisling Hickey(Rossmore) defeated Olivia Downey(Moycullen) by 2 games to nil. It was Downey`s first time in the Open Singles Final. Full results on the website - http://www.racquetball.ie/results Photo - Michael Lynch(Tralee) present 40+ Winner Eoin Tynan(Fethard) with his prize.
Leinster Pairs Results Leinster Racquetball hosted a successful pairs tournaments in O'Loughlins Gaels Centre in Kilkenny on Saturday 3rd February Results MENS FINAL Ken Cottrell/Odhrán Moloney(Kilkenny/Galmoy) def Mark Murphy/Jack Hanrahan(Kilkenny/Galmoy) 45-44 WOMENS FINAL Avril Phelan/Margaret Norton(Galmoy) def Katie Ryan/Niamh Norton(Galmoy) 45-37. A fantastic competition and thanks to Tournament Director John Comerford for organising the event.
Two new clubs have joined Racquetball Ireland we are delighted to announce. Ballyporeen in Co Tipperary have up to twenty players playing racquetball and we hope to see some of them at Racquetball Ireland tiournmaments in the near future. The club has 1 40x20 court & 1 60x30 court. MunterConnaught is a new club located in Ryefield near Virginia Co Cavan. The club has 1 40x20 court and 15 members.
Team Panel 2018 World Championships The IRF World Championships will be held in China in 2018. A panel of 12 players have been training for the past few weeks. Next training session is in Ballinrobe on Saturday 10th February A day of trials will take place on Saturday 3rd March when a team of 4 men and 4 women are selected.
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Fermoy Open The Fermoy Open will be held on Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th February in Fermoy., Co Cork Contact: Johnny O`Keeney
Castlebar Open Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th March Contact: Michael Haverty
*Tralee has been select for the 2018 All Ireland Singles & Doubles Championships
Munster Championships 2018 The Munster Close Championships were held in Fermoy on Sunday 7th January. Irish number 1, Noel O`Callaghan(Fermoy) won the Mens Senior Singles title defeating Johnny O`Keeney by 2 games to nil in the final. Michael Lynch(Tralee) had a 2 games to 1 win over Ben Carey (Araglen) In the Novice Singles, Micheal Barrett (Mitchelstown) defeated Denis Power (Mitchelstown) by 2 games to nil in the final. Paul Hynes(Araglen) won the Mens Novice Plate final.
Connacht Championships 2018 The Connacht Singles Championships were held in Ballinrobe on Sunday 7th January. Conagratulations to Olivia Downey(Moycullen) who made history in winning the Mens Novice Singles to become the first female athlete to do so, she defeated Jimmy Sheridan(Ballinrobe) in the final by 2 games to nil. Padraic Benson(Moycullen) won the Mens Intermediate Singles defeating Val Jennings (Castlebar) who came out of retirement from the sport. Joe Devenney(Ballinrobe) retained his Connacht Senior Singles title defeating Padraic Ryder(Newpirt) in that Final by 2 games to nil. Katie Kenny(Castlebar) failed to do likewise going down to Donna Ryder(Newport) by 2 games to 1 in the Womens Final. Plate final winners were Rosie Downey(Moycullen) and Adrian Flannery(Ballinrobe)
Coaching News 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 email@example.com . If your club does not have a qualified coach then the RAI will supply a coach for the session.
World Championships 2018 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
New Clubs 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Insurance 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
Changing or transferring club? or should you be in a different grade and want to be regraded? Let us know and we can see if you are eligible!Check out our new regulations and application forms! http://www.racquetball.ie/downloads.html