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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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.
Aisling Hickey(Rossmore) defeated Olivia Downey(Moycullen) by 2 games to nil in the Womens Final. It was Downey`s first time in the Open Singles Final.
Full results on the website - http://www.racquetball.ie/results
Leinster Pairs Tournament
Saturday 3rd February
in O`Loughlins Gaels Centre
(confined to Leinster players)
Players will be paired before the tournament according to seeding list
The pairs competition works the following way - two players are paired with each other. If there is 8 pairs then a draw is made or round robin formed. The number 1 players play each other to 15 points, the number 2 players take up the scores and continue the match to 30 points after which the players double up to continue the match to 45 points. First pair to 45points win the match.
Example - Pair A(James no 1 & Patrick no 2) v Pair B (Mike no 1 & Robert no 2), First game is Singles James v Mike 15 points to 12, second game Patrick v Robert, Patrick starts at 15 and Robert at 12 and they play to 30 points, after which Patrick is 30 and Robert 24 at which stage is the final part of the match and the first to 45 points win.
Closing date for Entries - Tuesday 30th January
Entry Fee - 10€ per player
Entries to John Comerford 087 9204137 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kilkenny defeated Wicklow 8-1 in the final of the Leinster Championships played in Arklow.
Results; (Kilkenny names first) Singles;
Mark Murphy def Adam Neary 2-0
Ken Cottrell def Brian Byrne 2-0
Don Lawlor bt John Fitzgerald 2-1
Doubles: Billy Walsh/John Ramsbottom def Damian Kavanagh/Chris Sillery 2-0
The December Newsletter can now be viewed online.
It features all the latest news and an article by Olivia Downey on her experiencce of playing in the 2017 European Champiosnships
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The Ulster Close Championships will be held in Kingscourt Handball & Racquetball Centre on Saturday next 9th December. Over twenty players will compete in the Open & Novice Divisions. We will publish the results & photos next week.
2The IRF World Championships will be held in China in 2018. The Racquetball Association of Ireland is asking players who are interested in representing Ireland to apply for inclusion in a panel of players from which a team will be selected.
If a sufficient number of players apply then trials will be held in March 2018 to select a team. To be eligible to put your name forward, players must have played or intend to play in the Open Singles Division in three(3) Open Tournaments between 1st March 2017 and 28th February 2018.
The closing date for applications is Friday 22nd December.
Submit your application online http://www.racquetball.ie/team-ireland-18.html or by email to email@example.com including your full address & phone number
Aisling Hickey (Rossmore )on left won the Open Singles at the 3rd Women's Open held in Newport Co Tipperary. She defeated clubmate Kate Ryan on right who makes a return to racquetball after a lenghty absence by 2 games to nil. Thanks to Katie Kenny centre who was Tournament Director for the 3rd Womens Open
Racquetball Ireland wish to offer sincere condolences to the Manager of the Irish Junior Racquetball Team, Mick Cunningham, on the passing of his mother Anne on the 20th November.