Another junior tournament in the books as the 2023 Irish Junior Open took place in Castlebar & Ballinrobe, Co.Mayo, Saturday 18th February with the biggest junior entry for any junior tournament for the 2022/2023 season with 40 athletes competing across the two venues.
Fermoy Racquetball Club pipped Castlebar Racquetball Club by 1 point winning the cup with 41 points taking home the Aisling Hynes Memorial Cup for the Club Team event. A wonderful achievement for the club to take home this special cup for the first time. Six clubs competed for the cup; Araglen, Mitchelstown, Galmoy, Fermoy, North Sligo and Castlebar. Congratulations to all at Fermoy Racquetball Club.
Divisions ran from U11 to U17 for both boys and girls as many competed for the very first time in their first tournament. Congratulations to all winners and participants. Lots of new Irish Junior Champions were crowned and full results to come.
Thanks to Irish Junior Development Officer Johnny O’Keeney (Fermoy) and host clubs for this event. A special thank you to all parents, junior clubs and their coaches for their continuous support of Irish Junior Racquetball.
Announcement Feb 2023: Team Dovetail
The Racquetball Association of Ireland have combined forces with Team Dovetail Racquetball to announce a Team Dovetail Ireland Tour.
Over the past few weeks, Racquetball Ireland and Mike Kinkin of Team Dovetail have worked out an agreement and we are happy to announce that Team Dovetail have committed a number of professional and international players to visit Ireland in May 2023.
These athletes will compete in the 40th Irish Open on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th May 2023. The Racquetball Association of Ireland are working on a full itinerary with Team Dovetail to deliver clinics/sessions to our Coaches, Panels and junior athletes in each region for the week of their visit gaining the most from these athletes and their experience and knowledge. A full itinerary will be announced later.
We are pleased to be working with Mike, a true ambassador of the sport, to make this happen.
With the 40 edition of our Irish Open, Racquetball Ireland wants to celebrate racquetball in Ireland and acknowledge 40 years of this event by creating a World class tournament. The Association would like to encourage all our members to save date for the 40th Irish Open held on Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th May 202, Arklow, Co. Wicklow. Online entry will be available shortly.
We are proud to announce that the following athletes will part of this Team Dovetail Ireland Tour in May 2023
Andres Acuna (CRC) 2022 World Games Champion.
Marie Renee Rodriguez (GUA) LPRT (Ladies Professional Racquetball Tour) Pro Player,
Edurado 'Lalo' Portillo (MEX) IRT (International Racquetball Tour) #3 Pro Player
Two more players to be announced in the following days. Stay tuned.