A great weekend of squash was had over the weekend of 6th – 8th of December as Thurles Squash Club hosted the 2019 Munster Invitational Junior Championship. Over 60 players competed from all over Munster in categories from U11 to U19 of age. The club received very positive feedback from visiting families which makes the effort put in by so many volunteers all the more worthwhile. Thank you so much to all the volunteers who made this tournament a success and to all the players for participating over the week and last but not least, to all the parent’s for their support. More results available here on Tournament Software
Can you please spread the work in your club about the Munster Leagues for Division 2, 4 and 6 which will start mid-January 2020 (week 2 or 3 depending on entries)
We will use a group format if we have 6 or 8 teams in a group, where we have teams of 4 or 5 we will have a round-robin league. Each league normally consists of Home and Away fixtures, so for instance, if there are 4 in a division that will be 3 home and 3 away fixtures, if we have 6 teams we will use 2 groups of 3 then proceed to semi-finals and finals.
If your interested or if your club is interested please send all inquiries to Conor O’Neill, Munster Squash Secretary on 0876886071
Three junior competitions, (the draw seedings must be approved by the Junior Secretary, or if no Secretary has been elected then the Munster President) will be run in Munster and the panel selection will be based on the points earned in the best two results gained from these competitions:
Munster Junior Invitational
Munster Junior Open
Munster Junior Closed
Ranking points will be awarded based on the finishing positions in the best two finishes from the above three competitions and the top six juniors in each age group will then be selected for the Munster panels.
You can carry over 40% of your points where you go up in age group during the season but if you wish to be selected on a particular age-group team, you must play in that age group in the Munster Junior Closed Championship.
|Points in MJC
|MJO & MJI
- Any Munster junior who has a current season top six Irish Squash ranking will be deemed selected for a Munster panel.
- The Munster Junior Closed is a compulsory competition for all juniors wishing to be selected on Munster panels.
- Juniors selected for Munster panels must attend Munster squad sessions.
- Where non-Munster players are competing in the Munster Open – the non-Munster players will be eliminated from the finishing positions list for the purposes of this calculation and the Munster players moved up accordingly before ranking points are allocated.
- If two players are tied on ranking points the position will be decided in the first instance by their head to head result in the Munster Junior Closed and if there was no head to head result in the MJC by the player finishing highest in the MJC.
- A player who is returning from injury and was unable to compete for ranking point events because of injury, may be considered for panel selection on the basis that he would clearly strengthen the panel.
- The final team selection (from the panel) will be made by the team coach.
- Munster junior rankings will be displayed on the Munster Squash website throughout the season.
Coaching Course – Level 1 – Munster.
There is a Level 1 course in Cork (Sundays Well SC ) on the 16th & 17th of Nov 2019. The 2nd weekend will be 13th -15th Dec 2019
All participants must be Garda Vetted or have applied for it. Also, all candidates must have done a safeguarding course 1 or have applied for it.
Connacht Junior Open 2019
The first tournament of the new season saw our Munster Juniors travel to Salthill in Galway on 28th and 29th of Sept. Our players got some fantastic results starting with Adam Power (Celtic) getting the ball rolling with a super win in the U11 boys to take the title 3-0 against Toby Keogh. Adam was delighted with this win and it was well deserved after a brace of final appearances last season. In the U17 boys, Eoghan Dunphy (Dunhill) lost out to Dylan Moran in a tough 5 set match. In the U19 boys, Sean White (Celtic) lost his R1 tie but rallied well and won his remaining games in the tournament to win the plate. In the U15 girls, Ava Murphy (Thurles) came up short in the final against Rebecca Kavanagh, this was a tough ask for Ava after a 5 setter in the semi-final, none the less a great achievement to make it to the final. There were many more Juniors that made the long trip to Galway and played great that weekend and really enjoyed the experience and continue to make great strides. well done to all the boys and girls and a massive thanks must go the parent for their continued support. All Results available here.
Ulster Junior Open 2019
Another successful tournament for the Munster Juniors at the recent Genesis Bakery Ulster Junior Open 2019 held in Belfast on Oct 18th and 19th. Fantastic performance from John Day (Dunhill) on winning the U11 boys title beating David Cafferky in the final. This was a super effort from John who has been training hard or working towards this for some time now. Ave Murphy was flying the flag high for the Munster girls in the U15 group, Ave finished 3rd are losing a tough semi-final, this match could of went anyway with all tight scoring games, Ave losing out eventually 3-1 to Sara Sarby. Tommy Grant from Dunhill had a very successful tournament after a hard game in R1, Tommy went on to win all remaining games and to pick the plate in the U15 girls. Congratulations to all Munster players and a big thank you to continued support from Parents and coaches who traveled. All results available here
What a great way to celebrate World Squash Day 2019, we were treated to some top-class squash in Waterford for this year’s hosting of the Munster Senior Open, with players from all corners of Ireland taking part, congratulations to Sean Conroy who won the men’s A final beating Oisin Logan, both players showed excellent athleticism fitness and power, Sean won 3-0 but all three games were tighter then the scoreline suggests, in the Woman’s B final Dymphna Riordan (Highfield) won a very tight encounter 3-2 with her clubmate Kate Lynch. Big thanks so all who helped out over the weekend, too many people to mention but without these volunteers we wouldn’t be able to run these tournaments, thanks also to Celtic Squash Club and Dunhill Squash Club for hosting the tournament. All results are available here
In conjunction with Irish Squash we ran another Club Grade Referee Course (World Squash Level 1) this time at Highfield, where 9 players enrolled. You can read about such courses here. We look forward to most if not all of these players joining the ranks of qualified referees in the province.
Please note there has been a change in date for the Junior nationals, the new date is now set for 21st-23rd February 2020, the venue remains the same at Galway LTC.
Entries are now open for the Munster Senior Open, all entries are through Tournament Software, The Open will be hosted in Waterford this year and runs from the 11th – 13th of October in Celtic Squash Club & Dunhill Squash Club
ENTER HERE – http://www.tournamentsoftware.com
There will be a Level 1 coaching course run in Cork, at Sunday’s Well, in July and the applications need to be processed soon so if you would like to take a step on the ladder of coaching this is your opportunity. Check out the coaching course page here.