Kerry Juvenile Teams Strike Gold at UL

Munster Inter County Juvenile Championships

Pride of place this week goes to the Kerry Juvenile teams who travelled to the University of Limerick last Sunday (Jan 27th) to take part in the Munster Championships and performed with great distinction.

Each event was played out on a round robin basis and first up U-11 team managed on the day by Donnacha Moloney (Moyvane) and Roly Chute (Listowel) came face to face with a strong Waterford side. After a tough encounter Kerry prevailed 6-4 win. They then faced Tipperary who had won their first game against Clare 9-1. The Kerry youngsters however proved too strong winning impressively 8-2 before completing their programme of matches with a resounding 10-0 defeat of Clare to clinch the Munster title.

The U-13 team managed on the day by Jill Redmond (Listowel) also got off to a great start beating Clare 6-4. Unfortunately, they then came up against a very strong Waterford team would eventually go on to win the title and lost 8-2. The Kerry players however showed great spirit and rallied in final game beating Tipperary 7-3 and finishing runners-up.

Michael Donovan of Annascaul took the reins of the U-15 team on the day and they got of to a good start finishing 5-5 against Tipperary but were 12 aces ahead on countback. Unfortunately, both Clare and Waterford had extremely strong teams at this age group this year and Kerry went down to Clare 9-1 and Waterford 8-2 in their final game.

The Kerry U-17 team were managed by Paddy Redmond (Listowel) and Tony O Donoghue (Moyvane) and also got off to a great start beating Waterford 6-4. When they beat Tipperary 8-2 in the second game they knew they had a great chance of winning the Munster title. Not only did they manage to do it they did so in spectacular fashion with a emphatic 9-1 victory over Clare.

According to Tom McElligott Coaching Secretary of the Kerry Badminton Association “the players in all age groups deserve great credit for the commitment they have shown in training, but the success would not have been possible without the support of the managers, the parents and clubs around the county.”

Both the Kerry U-11 and the U-17 teams will now go on to represent the county and the province at the All Ireland Inter County Championships on April 28th.

The Kerry teams were as follows

Nicole Vesco		    Listowel
Darina Bourke		Milltown
Kate  Harmon		Castleisland
Eimear Bradley		Castleisland
Saoirse McHugh		Milltown
Ben McElligott		Listowel
James Bourke		Castleisland
Michael O Sullivan	Listowel
Jack Buckley		Listowel
Aaron Moloney		Moyvane
Kate Nolan		Listowel
Maria Tritschler	Listowel
Grace McGovern	Castleisland
Chloe McHugh		Milltown
Maggie Hickey		Killarney
Ruadhan Donovan	Annascaul
Gearoid O Sullivan	Listowel
Keegan Moloney	Moyvane
Evan Lemass		Killarney
Jack Lyne		Annascaul
Ava Mackey		Listowel
Sara Hayes		Listowel
Jessica O Loughlin	Castleisland
Grainne Bradley		Castleisland
Maura Burke		Milltown
Ethan Tritschler	Listowel
Tomas O Sullivan	Listowel
Ayrton Burke		Castleisland
Evan McCarthy		Annauscaul
Philip Daly		Iveragh
Deina Vesko		Listowel
Grace Guiney		Listowel
Madison Carter		Listowel
Ella Galvin		Killarney
Sarah Cantillon		Ballyheigue
Adele O Brien		Killarney
Christopher O Donoghue	Moyvane
Cathal Donovan		Annascaul
Seamus Bradley		Castleisland
Jack McElligott		Listowel
Oisin Moloney		Listowel

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