WITH the final date for completion of matches in the Langtons Winter League approaching, players have been taking to the courts this week attending to their match schedule.
Many partnerships have already completed all their games. The star partnership on the court has been Paul Flanagan and Mary Verling. They completed their schedule with 69 games, having dropped just one game.
As for the overall performances of the teams, Val Nolan’s team is out in front on 376 games. In close pursuit is the team led by Elsa Carroll, who has accumulated 343 games. Lexie Trait’s team is also in the hunt for a place in the final, having amassed a total of 338 games.
Players are reminded that Tuesday, January 17 is the final date for completion of all matches.
The tennis tournament held in conjunction with the club’s Christmas party proved to be well supported and was an enjoyable evening’s sport. In the top division Paul Flanagan joined forces with Judy Lannon to take the top prize. Tom Madigan and Emer O’Keeffe were rewarded for their efforts with the runner-up prize.
In Division Two Tom Nolan and Hilda Anthony took the title at the expense of John Woodcock and Ann Quinlan. In the penultimate division, Ger Egan and Helena Kearns overcame the opposition provided by Bob O’Brien and Cathy Crowley in an entertaining affair.
The Division Four final was also an exciting match. John Cuddihy and Maris Doyle overcame the opposition provided by Kieran Pryal and Kate Whitty in a close encounter, winning on a 4-3 scoreline.
The first tournament on the club’s calendar for 2012 is the Frostbite Doubles League.
For players who have not participated in this event before, the competition is run on a league basis involving men’s and ladies doubles.
Details of the event are already on the club’s main noticeboard. The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday, January 20. The draw will be made on Monday, January 23.
The club was in mourning following the death of Justin Wall recently. Both as a player and an administrator Justin served the club honestly and diligently. He represented the club on the team which won the Tuborg Cup in 1966. He was also a member of the team which won the Division One Provincial Cup in 1978.
Justin was Captain of the club in 1973 and in 2008 he was honoured with the position of President. He was also a trustee of the club. He has during his life presented numerous photographs and artefacts to the club. The Justin Wall Perpetual Trophy, for The Men’s Hardcourt League, was presented by him in 1975.