Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Last Badminton update of 2016

In our last update before a welcomed Christmas break we start with Ray Dalton’s Division 5 Mix A who played their third Dublin District League match at home against Roundwood of Wicklow on Friday 16 December, writes Enda O’Neill, PRO of Kilcullen Badminton Club.

Ray’s team have had some mixed fortune loosing one against St Killians, then beating PBAI. Ray and his gang decided to break both the moulds and get a draw from a decent Roundwood team. In this tight group the draw still has the KBC outfit in second spot and it has to be said they are in a very tough group. Ray’s next outing is a home fixture to table toppers St Killians on the Friday Jan 13 in the Community Centre. Good luck to Ray, Sarah Walshe, Bernie Smith and Vincent Coller.

On Monday 19 December Debbie Mangan and her Division 3 Mix visited Kilmessan. After a defeat in their first match, Debbie’s team turned in around in the second with a victory at St. Brigid’s, they then drew their third leaving them with a total of 6 points and in a strong position in the group. Debbie’s team followed their last draw with another, leaving it honours even against Kilmessan. This is a good result for this newly formed Kilcullen side who are holding their own in a competitive league, Well done Debbie and her band of merry men and woman Sinead Kelly, Murt Dunne and David Jackson. Debbie’s next fixture is at home in a return match against Kilmessan.

Final match report this year goes to Lynsey and the South West League Grade 1 team. It’s a great honour for the club to have an eight person team playing at the top level in the SWL. This team were newly promoted to the league at the end of last season after winning the Division 2 Mix Cup. In their first match they travelled al the way to Johnswell of Kilkenny where they earned a fantastic draw in a tough hall. Last night Lynsey and her team hosted last years league champions Portlaoise and unfortunately it didn’t go Kilcullen’s way. In a testing game of badminton Portlaoise beat our brave warriors 7-1. The Kilcullen side are still in the hunt and it is early stages in the league and if anything this KBC team is made of strong stuff and when the bit is between the teeth they are hard to beat. Hard luck to Lynsey, Sinead Kelly, Debbie Mangan, Gillian K. Smith, Eoin Bourke, David Jackson, Murt Dunne and Mick Cass. I believe it was a frosty journey home for Mick Cass last night whose daughter Rachel Cass plays for the Portlaoise side. Rachel even beat her Daddy in their game last night!!! (Sorry Mick I just had to get that in!).

Finally I would like to wish all the Kilcullen Diary readers, the Kilcullen community, The Bridge, Club members and Brian Byrne a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I have to give Brian Byrne a special mention though, Brian from the Club thank you for all your support this year. We appreciate the work you do for the community and the Kilcullen Diary is a great instrument in getting all our news out to this unique community.

Merry Christmas all!!

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Pictured are our SWL Grade 2 Mens Champions after winning the league Eoin Bourke, Murt Dunne, David Jackson and Mick Cass.