We are closed for St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17th 2009.
The committee have decided to enter one team into the Branagan Cup this year – players who played on the Armstrong or Heidenfeld leagues are entitled to enter, we need a team of five and a panel of eight. Jack Killane will be the captain and invites players to contact him about entry. Ironically, we do not expect to enter a team into the Killane Cup this years. Instead…
The committee have also decided to enter two teams into the newly created William Brennan Cup. This is a knock-out team competition for players rated below 1500 only. We hope to enter a team composed of O’Hanlon players (captained by James Osbourne) and one of other players (we are hoping for mainly Heidenfeld players…) captained by either John Maher or Peter Bishop. Please contact any of the above if you want to play.
The Blitz competition reaches the second round this Thursday, 12th March. The third round is scheduled for Tuesday 24th March. All players are welcome, even if they haven’t previously played in the first round.
The dates for the Rathmines Club Championship have been decided. Play will start on Tuesday 21st April and continue for six weeks until 26th May. The rating bands are: Senior 1500+; Intermediates 1200-1499; Juniors <1200. James Osbourne will control the Intermediates, Peter Bishop the juniors. (No controller chosed for seniors as yet). Results will be submitted for rating purposes.
The Irish National Club Championships are happening on the weekend of April 25th/26th. Details from the ICU website:
This year’s National Club Championships will be held in the Carlton Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe on Saturday 25th (1:00pm start) and Sunday 26th April. The Hotel are offering special rates for players – €65 per person sharing. All Clubs in Ireland are invited to participate provided their team of 6 boards has an average rating on this January’s ICU list of 1600 or more and, of course, they are all members of the ICU.
The club are entering one team only, of 6 boards, with a possibility of two substitutes. To participate, please contact Jack Killane directlyon 4902099 (H) or talk to him on a club night. We will choose the best team available. The top two teams from the National Club Championships normally gain entry to the European Club Championships – so there’s an incentive to enter a strong team!
The final day of the Leinster leagues were held on Sunday 8th March. The Heidenfeld team survived! The Rathmines A team finished with a 4-4 draw against Elm Mount to end the season 4th, just above Bray/Greystones and Gonzaga. Actually, we could well have converted a couple of draws into wins and won the match 5-3, to just pip Elm Mount for 3rd place, but in the end a 4th place finish was OK. Rathmines B were relegated.