Juniors provide thrilling on-court action

The Junior Matchplay League has been a great success at the tennis club.

The Junior Matchplay League has been a great success at the tennis club.

The girls provided some exciting encounters in their events at Archersfield, not least the match of epic proportions between Carol Lynch and Isabelle Carey.

In an encounter involving lengthy rallies, Carol proved to be an impressive winner in the tightest of matches, prevailing on a final score of 1-6, 7-6, 7-6.

Meanwhile it took a tiebreak in the final set for Rachel Kelly to overcome the gritty Isabelle Burke (6-2, 4-6, 7-6). Ciara Brennan also had a tough time in her match, overcoming Edel Holland 6-2, 6-3.

The boys were equally adept in their court performances. Alan Kelly had to endure two tiebreaks to get past Shane Roberts on a 7-6, 7-6 scoreline. Further tiebreaks appeared on the scoreboard in Max Neill’s 7-3, 2-6, 7-6 victory over Sean Richardson. Conor McGree was another winner, beating Jeff Kealy on a score of 6-2, 6-2.

World Championships

Tommy Rochford did both club and country proud on the courts when competing at the World Veteran Championships in San Diego.

It was a difficult assignment, as Rochford had to take on tough international competition combined with intense heat and the Californian hard courts.

Rochford was part of the Irish over-45 team who were grouped with The Netherlands, Australia and Turkey. After losing his opening singles game against a Dutch opponent, Rochford was part of an Irish doubles team who lost to the world champions Australia. The Irish pair performed admirably, going down 3-6, 4-6.

He had better luck in his penultimate encounter, beating the Turkish Number One 6-2, 6-4.

His final match was an exciting affair. Despite the fact his singles opponent from Costa Rica had the advantage of being used to the warm conditions, Rochford finished his tennis in style.

Laying down the gauntlet in taking the first set, the match was indeed likely to be an exciting affair with only service breaks separating in each of the three sets. The final score was 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in favour of the Costa Rican.

Frostbite

The Frostbite Doubles League has been a slow burner this year - two sections of the competition have not seen any games played.

A number of pairings have accumulated maximum success. In Ladies Grade C, Dor Keane and Suzanne Keating have had success in both of their two outings. Also in the same position are Deirdre O’Neill/Elsa Carroll and Helena Kearns/Lou Murphy in Grade B. In Grade A Claire Roberts and Heather Sharman have scored two victories in their two matches.

All this success has not been confined to the ladies. In the men’s Grade A Tom Madigan and Robert Cummins were successful in their first outing.

Competitors are reminded that the closing date for completion of all matches is March 20.

Tournament

There will be a tournament, sponsored by Cafe Sol, at the club on Saturday. The competition starts at 7.30pm.