This week pride of place goes to the numerous talented junior players who displayed skills in abundance at the finals of the Singles League which reached a climax on Saturday after months of play. The club is indebted to Ivan Cahill of Radical Clothing, who provided sponsorship for the tournament.
In total 366 matches were played and the players took to the tournament with great enthusiasm. Some of the matches on finals day were lengthy and exhilarating. The players provided spectators with fine displays of court play.
In the boys Grade 3 final, Sean Manogue had to cope with considerable pressure from Max Powell in a thrilling 6/4, 1/6, 6/4 encounter. Matters were even more exciting in Grade 6 where Josh Treacy needed to gain supremacy in the final set to overcome Conor Egan 6/3, 4/6, 10/6.
In the girls section some exceptional tennis was produced, notably in Hannah Kelly’s victory over Rachel Kelly. Hannah did not have matters all her own way as Rachel took the opening tie break set. Hannah had just about enough in reserve to dig out victory in a closely fought encounter, 6/7, 7/5, 10/7.
Other results - boys Grade 1, Ronan O’Connor bt Eamon Fennelly 6/0, 6/1; Grade 2, Liam Fennelly bt Joshua Lambe 6/2, 6/3; Grade 4, Darragh Roberts bt Tom Kennedy 6/2, 6/1; Grade 5, David Conway bt Finn Cusack Holden 6/1, 6/5.
Girls Grade 1, Ciara Brennan bt Karen Lynch 6/2, 6/0; Grade 3, Muireann Kelly bt Adrienne King 6/5, 6/1; Grade 4, Fainche Pryal bt Mia Ryan 7/6, 6/3.
The committee instituted special awards to a number of promising players. The best newcomers awards went to Sam Atkinson Lynch and Grace Conway. The most improved players honoured were Myles McGovern and Emma Treacy.
No tournament can function without an efficient tournament committee. In this instance, Eamon O’Connor did exceptional work in ensuring that the tournament proceeded successfully. He was ably assisted by Jack Byrne.
Congratulations is extended to two players who achieved success at junior level. Ronan O’Connor took the boys under-14 singles title at Larkspur in Cashel. Meanwhile, Eoin McGovern was victorious in the boys under-16 singles in Templeogue Open Week.
For seniors, the club hosted a tournament in conjunction with The Leinster Provincial Towns Council. The tournament was for the Leinster Charity Cup, which this year is in aid of Focus Ireland.
Participating were teams from the club together with Wexford, Hillbrook ( Enniscorthy ) and Athy. The Wexford team, led by Nicky Rossiter – a member also of the Archersfield club – won the event and now proceed to the finals on Saturday in Naas.
Kilkenny put in a sterling performance to take second plac.
On Saturday a major tournament will be played. Players will be competing for The Tommy Tyrrell Cup. All proceeds are in aid of the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care. This is always an enjoyable evening.
The club committee is currently organising the annual Inter Firms tournament. The club was delighted to welcome the sponsorship of Caulfields Super Valu, Loughboy, for another year. The tournament would not be a success without this very welcome support.
The tournament will be played from May 14 to 26. Entry forms are currently available.