Noel O`Callaghan (Fermoy) and Rossmore`s Aisling Hickey ended the season as Irish number 1's for the 2017/18 season after winning at the Galway Open. O`Callaghan defeated National Champion Mark Murphy(Kilkenny) by 2 games to nil in the final match while Hickey defeated Majella Haverty(Castlebar) also by 2 games to nil in the Women's Open Singles final. Both players were presented with end of season awards sponsored by Mayo Crystal.
.Mark Murphy will relish the 2018 All Ireland Championships when he won his first Open Singles National title. Having been runner-up on four occasions he finally overcame the Noel O`Callaghan (Fermoy) the same player who defeated hiim in those four finals. The Kilkenny athlete beat O'Callaghan this time round by 2 games to nil in the final.
Aisling Hickey(Rossmore) contuinued her dominance in women's racquetbvall defeating Donna Ryder(Newport) by 2 games to nil to win her 8th title in a row. Other singles winners were Joe Devenney(Ballinrobe) Men's B Singles, Mike Haverty(Castlebar) Men's C Singles, Michael Barrett(Mitchelstown) Mens D Singles, Rosie Downey(Moycullen) Women's D Singles, Sabieta Lynch( Brideswell) Women's Novice Singles and Daniel Hanrahan(Galmaoy), the youngest ever winner of the Mens Novice Singles.
Get ready for the All Ireland Singles & Doubles 2018. Last years championships in Ballibrobe was a great tournament and this year will provide the same excitement and great matches.
The Championships will be held on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th April and Tralee Regional Sports & Leisure Centre will be the headquarters.
Fifty seven atheletes have entered the various divisions and with 4 courts in operation over the weekend a total over 80 matches will be played.
At the 33rd Arklow Open, Kilkenny's Mark Murphy added the Arklow Open Singles title to his Tralee title he won back in January. Selected at number 1 on the Irish team for the World Championships in August, Murphy defeated Noel O'Callaghan (Fermoy) by 2 games to 1. Aisling Hickey(Rossomre) continued her dominance of women's racquetball by winning the Womens Open Singles with a 2-0 victory over Majella Haverty(Castlebar).
Murphy made it a double when he teamed up with Stevis Quinn(Rossmore) to win the Open Doubles while Castlebar's Katie Kenny & Majella Haverty won the Womens Open Doubles.
A very successful tournament for the Arklow Club after the disapointment of cancelling last years tournament. Well done to all.
Online entry form for the All Ireland Singles & Doubles is now available.
The Championships will be held in Tralee, Co Kerry on the 28th & 29th April.
Athletes may entrer 3 divisions but one of the divisions must be doubles. You cannot enter 3 singles divisions.
Closing date for entries is Sunday 22nd April. Request for late start times will not be granted. Athletes must be available tto start at 10am on Saturday moring 28th April.
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Cork IT athlete and Irish number 3 was the winner of the Men's Open Singles at the 2018 Fermoy Open when he defeated local legend Noel O Callaghan by 2 games to nil in the final. Aisling Hickey from the Co Tipperary club of Rossmore Racquetball Club won the Women's Open Singles defeating Castlebar Racquetball Club Katie Kenny in the final.
Full Results: http://www.racquetball.ie/results/fermoy-open-2018
Due to the extreme weather, the Irish Junior Open in Ballinrobe & Castlebar on Saturday 3rd March was cancelled. The next junior tournament will be the All Ireland Even Championships in Fermoy on Saturday 7th April
Local hero Joe Dillion proved too strong for all the rest at the Kingscourt & Ulster Open. Dillon made a splendid comback to the sport in winning the Mens Open Singles He defeated Michael O`Loan (Queens, Belfast) in the final 15-11, 15-11.
Majella Haverty(Castlebar) won the Women's Singles final with a 2 - nil win over Donna Ryder of Newport 15-10, 15-6.
Other singles winners were Michael Barrett(Mitchelstown) Mens C./D Singles, Barry Kavanagh(Galmoy) Mens Novice Singles, Brendan McArdle(Aughamullen) Mens Novice B Singles, Joe Devenney(Ballnrobe) 40+ Singles & Francis Duufy(Aughamullen) 50+ Singles
Transferring from Club to Club
Players transferring between clubs or from a club which no longer is affiliated must be granted permission to transfer by the the RAI.
A Player Transfer Application Form must be completed and returned to the Tournament Secretary before a transfer can take place. The Tournament Secretary will consider the transfer request and if it is in order the transfer will be granted and the player's new club will be informed. Transfers which raises any doubt or questions will be referred to the RAI Executive Committee by the Tournament Secretary.
Unsuccessful transfer requests maybe appealed to the RAI Executive by the player in question.
Each request for a transfer must be accompanied by a transfer request fee of 20€. In the events of a transfer being unsuccessful this fee will be returned to the applicant.
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Re-grading to a Lower Grade
Players once three years in their current grade may seek re-grading to a lower grade on application to the RAI General Secretary. Players who successfully apply for re-grading must wait 30 days from the date of approval before the re-grading becomes into effect.
A re-grading fee of 10€ must accompany each completed application.
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