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From the Racquetball Association of Ireland


Irish Team For European Championships
European Championships 10-14th July 2001
Men
Noel O`Callaghan(O`Loughlins, Kilkenny)
Stepen O`Loan(Queens, Belfast)
Christy Slattery(Templederry)
Kevin Jennings(Castlebar)

Women
Joan Kennedy(Dolla),
Bernadette Comerford(O`Loughlins, Kilkenny)
Karen Grumbridge(Fermoy)
Susan Neary(Arklow)
Elma Gibney(Moyalgh)
Michelle Haverty(Castlebar)




European Championships 2001
Ireland will host the 2001 European Championships from July 9th - 14th in Castlebar and Ballinrobe, Co Mayo.

Competition will be held in the following categories:


Irish Team For World Championships
The Irish Team to compete in the World Racquetball Championships in San Luis Potosi, Mexico August 4th - 12th 2000 is as follows;
Men`s Team; Noel O`Callaghan(Fermoy), Anthony Butler(Clones), Pat Hanley(Fermoy) Kevin Jennings (Castlebar)
Womens Team; Karen Grumbridge (Fermoy) Joan Kennedy(Dolla), Anne Marie Grumbridge(Fermoy) Bernadette Comerford(Kilkenny)
Manager;Michael Murphy(Arklow)
Asst Manager; Oliver Gibney(Moylagh).
The team jets out to Mexico on July 31st 2000
Irish Junior Team win medals at the 11th World Junior Championships
At the 11th Pro Kennex World Junior Championships Irish team members were well in the medlas especially in the lower divisions. Mike Haverty(Castlebar) and Seamus Power(Touraneena) reached the semi finals of the Boys under 12 Doubles, Michelle Haverty(Castlebar) and Aoife Hickey(Touraneena) also reached the dsemifinals of the Girls Under 14 Doubles. Aoife Hickey also made it to the last eight of the Girls Under 14 Singles as did Sonya Donnelly (Fermoy) in the Girls Under 16 Singles.
Full results at International Racquetball Federation



Irish Junior Team Named for World Championships
The Irish Junior Team to take part in the World Junior Championships 17th-22nd December 1999 are as follows;
Boys 12 & Under
Seamus Power(Touraneena, Co Waterford) and Mike Haverty(Castlebar, Co Mayo)
Boys 14 & Under
Daniel Shanahan(Templederry, Co Tipperary)and Triston Hickey(Touraneena, Co Waterford)
Boys 16 & Under
Liam Hughes(Fermoy, Co Cork) & Jack Power(Touraneena, Co Waterford)
Boys 18 & Under
Trevor Grumbridge(Fermoy, Co Cork) and Don Healy(Fermoy, Co Cork)
Girls 12 & Under
Ailish Gibney(Moylagh, Co Meath) and Michelle Hogan(Templederry, Co Tipperary)
Girls 14 & Under
Aoife Hickey(Touraneena, Co Waterford) and Michelle Haverty(Castlebar, Co Mayo)
Girls 16 & Under
Sonya Donnelly(Fermoy, Co Cork) and Niamh O`Neill(Castlebar, Co Mayo)
Girls 18 & Under
Elma Gibney(Moylagh, Co Meath) and Maura O`Doherty(Templederry, Co Tipperary)
Head Coach; Christy Slattery(Templederry) Coaching Assistants; Pat Keane(Touraneena), Oliver Gibney(Moylagh) Michael Haverty(Castlebar)
Other Irish players playing in the games are;
Willie Power(Touraneena) and Eoin O`Neill(Castlebar) in the Boys 14 & Under and Orla Gibney(Moylagh) in the Girls 18 & Under. Eircom Callcard Club
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The team departs from Dublin Airport on December 11th and returns home on December 23rd.


Irish Junior Team bound for World Championships
Ireland will be represented at the 10th World Junior Championships in Fountain Valley City, USA (December 17-22nd, 1999) by a team of 8 boys and 8 girls. The team will travel out the the USA on December 11th accompanied by coach Christy Slattery. The members of the team will be announced shortly.
Ireland take 2nd place
The two man Irish team of Pat Hanley(Fermoy) and Martin McConnon(Kingscourt) put in a tremendous effort at the 1999 10th European Championships July 20-24 in Bad Toelz , Germany to take the silver medal in the Mens Team Event behind the winners and host nation Germany. Both players also won bronze medals in the Mens Open Doubles competition. Well done and congratulations to both Pat and Martin. Full results click here
European Championships
Ireland will be represented at the European Racquetball Championships in Bad Toelz, Germany by Patrick Hanley from Fermoy Racquetball Club and Martin McConnon from Kingscourt Racquetball Club. Both will fly to Germany on Sunday 18th July and will play for Ireland in the team event, the singles event and then will team up to play doubles for Ireland. Matches begins on Tuesday 20th July and the Championships will reach a conclusion on Saturday 24th July.