Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Badminton update

Some great results for the club this week with Kilcullen Badminton Club contesting in Dublin District League semi Finals on both Friday April 15 and Saturday April 16.

Friday night saw Mari’s Division 8 Ladies play Mill Hill in their semi final clash. Unfortunately the KBC ladies didn’t get the start they wanted and lost their first game in a competitive match, Mari and the gang couldn’t recover from that loss and lost the second and third Ladies again in close games. Hard luck to Mari and her team Emer, Orla and Pam on a great run in the league this season.

Also out in Baldoyle were Murt’s Men who met Mullingar in the Division 2 semi final clash. In this close match the Kilcullen men triumphed 3-1 knocking the Mullingar men out of the competition. This is a great achievement for the lads and the club as Murt’s mens team are the first in the club to make a DDL Division 2 Final. The lads had a great start with Declan and Gar winning their game in a fantastic three setter, Murt and Eoin won their second mens in two sets. Mullingar took the third Mens in two sets. Murt and Gar needed to win their game or avoid dropping a set if beaten to be sure of a place in the final. Murt and Gar stood up to the mark and obliged, winning their game in two sets and handing KBC a 3-1 victory. Massive congrats to captain Murt, Eoin, Declan and Garreth and good luck in the final.

Sarah and her Division 6 Ladies who are unbeaten so far this season met local rivals Kildare CWMS. In this tense and highly anticipated match with both teams eager to beat the other, the Kilcullen ladies kept their winning streak intact beating Kildare 3-0 with some very close games. Well done to the fab four Sarah, Kath, Siobhan and Tara.

On Saturday 16 April there were three mix teams representing KBC in the DDL semi finals. Lynsey’s Division 2 Mix 1 played league favourites An Caislean Nua Mix 1. In another cracking match the KBC team came out the wrong side loosing their match 3-1. Hard luck to Lynsey, Lorraine, Declan and Gareth on a great season, at the end of the day it just wasn’t their night.

Ray’s Mix 5 team played in the Division 6 semi final against Sheriff Street on the same night in Baldoyle. Ray and his squad had been unbeaten all the way through to the semi finals but had it all to do in this match travelling with two subs as Alan and Ray were away with work commitments. The subs Oisin and Enda lost their Mens but the ladies brought the sides back level going into the mix. Siobhan and Oisin lost their mix in a three set game so Sarah and Enda needed to win to put KBC through to the Final. While playing the first set Sarah did herself a serious calf injury and KBC had to forfeit the match giving Sheriff a place in the final. Its a hard way to be knocked out of a final.
The other half of Rays Leinster championship winning team were competing in the other Division 6 semi final. Captain Jen and her team were playing the (very!) young Trinity. Trinity were out for KBC blood as they had already been knocked out of the Dublin District Cup again in the semis by Jen and her team. Things didn’t look good for Jen’s team going into the first mix game as they were 2-0 down after loosing both Mens and Ladies. John and Tara went out to play first mix and took it in two sets, if Jen and Enda could just win their game KBC would go through on set difference as both the Ladies and Men had been beaten 2-1 in sets. Jen and Enda didnt get off to a good start and were beaten 21-7 in the first set, but managed to win their second set 21-19 giving them a life line. Jen and Enda didn’t look back after that and won their third set 21-17 putting KBC into the Division 6 Final against Sheriff Street. Well done to Jen, Tara, Enda and John who are now competeing in their second Dublin District Final this year and hopefully they won’t be the runners up this time!

Finally, hard luck to Caroline, Catherine, Bernie, Chelsey, Mick, Owen, Vincent and Martin who played Baltinglass in the Grade 3 Mix South West Cup on Monday 18 April. It wasn’t their night and they came second to a very sporting Baltinglass team, all in all well done on such a great year for the team.

Pictured are DDL Division 2 Mens Finalists Declan, Eoin, Murt (capt) and Gareth.