It’s time to let the cat out of the bag …
Our RAI player of the month for January is (drum roll please….. )… DON LAWLOR
Don hails from the Clogh Moneenroe club in Kilkenny and is very well known on the RAI circuit.
Don has also made tracks outside of Ireland as he brought home the 50+ European Singles Title in September last year.
A fierce competitor alongside his loyal doubles partner Billy Walsh, Don has seen many a C/D doubles final over the past few years.
At the start of January, Don & Billy narrowly lost out to the Arklow pairing of Gannon & Young in the C/D doubles final .
However, Don & Billy were back with a bang at the All-Ireland Overage Championships in Arklow in late January where they claimed the All-Ireland title for the Men’s 50+ doubles.
The highlight of the month for Don though was his win over the formidable Noel O’Callaghan in the All-Ireland 50+ Singles A fierce achievement against 26 time All-Ireland Open Singles champion, O’Callaghan.
A massive congratulations to Don Lawlor from all of us here in the RAI on becoming the first ever Racquetball Ireland Player of the Month
Aisling Hickey wins Women's title.
Joe Kelley from the USA and Aisling Hickey from the Rossmore club in Co Tipperary were the winners of the Open Singles divisions at the Fermoy Open last weekend.
Kelley defeated local athlete Johnny O'Keeney in the Men's Singles Final by 3 games to 1 while Aisling won her final against Antonia Neary of Arklow by a similar score line. Aisling later teamed up with Antonia to win the Women's Doubles.
Club mates of Aisling, James Ryan and Stevie Quinn won the Men's Doubles with a 3-0 victory over Kelley and Scott Young of Arklow.
Paul Hynes(Araglen) made a successful return to racquetball at the weekend by winning the CD Singles defeating Elliot Young of Arklow 3-1 in the final.
The long wait for promotion for Ray Keogh(Tullaroan) ended when he won the Men's Novice Singles. Ray will play in future tournaments as D player.