Beginners tag no barrier to Wexford's women as new tournament gets ready for take off

Written by Antoin Ó Braoin, Rúnaí Contae
Excitement is building on Slaneyside ahead of the new Beginners Doubles Tournament for women who have never before played competitively. Most of those taking part are parents, many with children playing in the county championship, and this County Committee initiative is designed to acknowledge the ongoing commitment they make in this regard.
With so many new families in Wexford now making handball a part of their life, mothers will no longer be confined to just driving their children to the court and instead will be able to participate in training etc with their siblings. That should make for a few interesting matchups!
Additionally the tournament will cater for those who just want to take up the game for recreational reasons as well as those who might harbour ambitions to move up the competitive ladder. It will commence on Monday 24th November. Below are the Terms and Conditions of participation.
Court:  40×20
Competition: Doubles
Competition format: 3 groups of 3 players in each.
Doubles format: Each player will partner the other two players in her group against all of those in the other group(s)
Ball used: Challenger 1
Playing rules: Back wall will not be in play either on the serve or in general play
Shortline: The inside line will be the shortline and two ‘shorts’ will be a handout
Games: Each match will be 3 games of 15 points each with one point per game won going to each player on the winning side. If it finishes two games to one then the winning pair will be awarded two points each and the losing pair one point apiece.
Eye protection: Eye guards will be compulsory
Registration: All those who decide to take part will be required to register (through their club) with GAA Handball Ireland at a cost of 15 euros. This fee also covers the player under the Player Injury Scheme and is mandatory throughout the GAA.
Start up date: Monday 24th November
Click here for GAA Handball Wexford Women’s Beginners Tournament 2014-5