Friday, January 13, 2017

KBC secure more DDL Semi Final spots

Six DDL matches to report on this occasion with the club playing DDL matches for twelve nights in a row which must be a club record and is a testament to the organisational skills of our match secretary Martin Dunne, writes Kilcullen Badminton Club PRO Enda O’Neill.

First out on Monday 9 January was Tara O’Neill and her ladies in the Dublin District division 4 League. Tara and the girls were hoping to keep their winning streak going and drafted in Kathrin Logan to sub. The opposition Old School, the venue Whitehall Road. Tara’s team have had a fantastic start to their season and they remain unbeaten in both League and Cup this season so far. The one hundred percent record stays in tact as the Ragettes beat Old School 4-0 in a one sided affair. Well done Tara, Karen Malone, Bernie Smith and super sub Kathrin Logan.

On the same night Lynsey Walsh and her Division 2 Mix team travelled to Dublin’s Mount Pleasant. Lynsey and her gang have so far lost one and drawn one. In a tough match the KBC quartet managed to secure a valuable two points away from home. Well done to Lynsey and her gang Gillian K Smith, Eoin Bourke and Roy Connor drawing 2-2.

Sinead Kelly’s Division 2 Ladies team made the journey to Carlow YM in their DDL fixture. The Division 2 ladies are on a roll at the moment and have settled in well in this tough league with a draw and a win in their last two fixtures. That win was at the expense of Carlow YM whom were beaten 4-0 in the complex the week before Christmas.Once again the Kilcullen outfit inflicted another defeat on the YM and this time in their own back yard beating them 3-1. Great play from captain Sinead, Lynsey Walsh, Gillian K. Smith and Debbie Mangan.

Wednesday 11 January John Mullen and his band of merry men travelled to Clane to play their second Mens 5, Dublin District League match. The lads got off to a flyer in their cup match beating a good An Caislean Nua side but fell at their first league fixture against Vikings beaten 3-1. The team needed at least a draw to kick start their league and in a tough competitive match against Clane. The lads did not leave empty handed a came away with a good 2-2 draw in a difficult away fixture, in a hall with a low roof which changes the game completely and no doubt other visiting clubs probably wont come out with as positive a result as the KBC lads. Well done to John and his team, Ray Dalton, Vincent Coller and Enda O’Neill on a good away result.

Thursday night there were two semi final places up for grabs with Olivier P Valroy and his Division 9 Mix team and Oisin Egan and the Division 7 Men playing. Olivier and the mix played St. Raphaelas of Stillorgan and in a tight match the KBC side came out 3-0 winners in a cracking game of badminton. Well done to Olivier, Maeve P Valroy, Thersea McGlynn and Sean “Slippers” McGrath in making the semi’s in their debut season. Oisin’s team played a good Baldoyle District team and also was victorious with an impressive 3-1 victory putting yet another KBC foursome into a semi final. Well done to Oisin, Kasi Va, Fintan Phelan and sub Ross Cole on a great win.

Finally more good news for the club with Lynsey Walsh and Tara O’Neill making it to the finals of the Grade 2 Ladies South West Championship, Lynsey and her other partner (unfortunately not a Kilcullen man!) Robert Butler from Johnswell have also made it to the Grade 2 Final of the South West Championship Mix competition. In the Grade 4 Mix, South West Championship Sarah Walshe and Vincent Coller have also made it to the finals. Well done to all and good luck in the finals on 21 January.

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Pictured are Oliver P Valroy, Theresa McGlynn, Maeve P Valroy, and Sean McGrath, our Division 9 DDL Mix semi finalists.