Clubs working hard to get fixtures schedule back on track
CLUBS ARE making serious efforts to get their fixtures up to date following postponements due to severe weather conditions.
In Remax Properties South East Division 3, New Ross had a good 7-4 win against Shelburne A. This was a close encounter with New Ross pair Joe Ryan and Billy Bennett winning 23-21 in the third set against Craig Healy and Paudie Foran.
In the ladies' doubles, Brideen Lynch and Karen Butler managed to come through 21-19 in the third set against the Shelburne pairing of Ailish O'Hanlon and Deirdre O'Connor. This win leaves New Ross at the top of the table with Shelburne A four points behind in second place.
In Wexford Field Products Division 4, St. Martin's travelled to play table-toppers Ballykillen A and came away defeated 5-4. The visitors reported a very friendly match but difficult driving conditions. Shelburne B travelled to Ballycogley and were pleased with a 7-4 victory. Ballykillen A have a commanding lead at the top of the table with Shelburne A currently in second place.
In Martin Scallan and Sons Division 5 zone A, Shelburne A travelled to Clonard and came away with a 7-4 victory, leaving them comfortably at the top of the table. In zone B, Shelburne B and Ballycogley played out a 5-5 draw.
In Webb Sports Division 6, Terrerath had close 5-4 win against Myshall A, whilst St. Martin's convincingly beat the same opposition 8-1. Taghmon are in a very strong position at the top of the table. Davidstown have a game less played and are also in a good position.
League organiser, Eddie Kent, will hope that all clubs will get their matches finished in time so that the finals can be played on the scheduled dates of January 7 and 8.
Ross McNiven has reason to be pleased with his first season as tournament director of the biggest event on the badminton calendar, the Irish international championships. With players from more than 20 countries taking part, it was a fine showcase for the game.
Edward Cousins was the only Wexford player taking part. He came into the event after a two-week lay-off through injury and lost his first match 10-21, 1221 to Mathieu Pohl of Germany. 'It is tough meeting full-time players, particularly after coming back after injury. However, the experience gained is valuable,' stated Cousins after his match.
Wexford badminton will have been delighted with the performance of Chloe Magee in reaching the semi-final of the ladies' singles and the semi-final of the mixed doubles with her brother Sam. Juvenile players will be looking forward to further coaching sessions with her.
Recent registration details from county Registrar, Brideen Lynch, make interesting reading. In terms of membership numbers, topping the list are the two new clubs - Gorey and Shelmaliers. This will help to progress the game in the north of the county whilst Castlebridge will be well represented by Shelmaliers.
It is good to see strong juvenile sections in clubs such as Shelmaliers, Monaseed and Taghmon. Brideen also reminds clubs of the necessity to register their players for eligibility for Leinster competitions.
All clubs have received the appropriate forms and these must be returned to the county Registrar so that she can have the details passed to the Leinster County Affairs committee before the deadline of December 31.