Six badminton teams seek glory
Wexford's inter-county badminton teams are now at that crucial stage in their development as the first of the major competitions draws near. Mid-February will see Wexford teams in action in the early rounds of the Leinster provincial championship.
'This is always a tricky period when trying to finalise team panels and various partnerships within those teams,' said Mick Murphy (manager).
Wexford has six teams entered in total from Senior grade to grade five. Some players being upgraded due to last year's grade one win means it was not possible to enter a grade two team this year.
The overall competition seems to be getting stronger each year in Leinster, with Dublin teams having that huge pool of players to choose from.
'I would not be surprised if Dublin had two teams in each grade this year,' Murphy added.
As with any sport, selectors and managers are faced with the task of picking the right team before any competition so they rely on a few notable things: form, fitness and experience.
Again as with other sports, form does not always carry forward into the big matches and you will often find that the players who may have seemed raw or sluggish in training may prove to be the sharpest on the day of a big match.
Inter-county training has been ongoing since November so the work has been put in by both selectors and players alike.
First round matches will take place in Ireland's national badminton centre in Baldoyle on February 14 which will hopefully see the first of the Wexford teams progress to the Leinster finals stage.
The competition is open for anyone to attend to support your Wexford teams, and you can also keep up to date with results and fixtures on the Wexford badminton Facebook page.