The Kilkenny Open veterans tennis tournament, sponsored by the Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel, will be played at the weekend. With entry limit well and truly achieved, all is ready for the organisers to make the draw for all sections.
The attraction of this tournament is that all ages from 35 to in excess of 65 are catered for. Such is its popularity that it attracts players from all over the country. Play commences on Friday evening and continues right through the weekend. The finals in all sections will be on Sunday.
On the domestic front, the Summer Madness League came to a conclusion during the week.
In Group 4 team B, comprising of Sinead Kiely, Maria Donnelly, Mark Hennessy and Niall O’Flaherty overcame Ann Marie O’Neill, Mags Bowen, Coilin O’Driscoll and Padraig Moore.
In the penultimate section it was a tense struggle between the two teams. Both finished proceedings on the same number of sets so that the games accumulated had to be utilised to decide the issue.
By virtue of a score of 38-35 games, team B comprising Helena Kearns, Ruth O’Leary, Ger Egan and Matt Gilsenan took the title. The gallant runners-up were Elsa Carroll, Ruth McGree, Fergal Conway.
In Group 2, the victorious team of Bob O’Brien, Colm Culleton, Bronagh Ryan and Cathy Crowley, had a slender margin of 6-5 sets over Team A, Paul O’Dwyer, Fred Tuite, Nicky Read and Katherine Dee.
In Group 1, the curtain was brought down on the tournament with a victory for the team of Judy Lannon, Dorrie Lenehan, Tom Nolan and Ivan Powell. The runners-up were Amy Keating, Emer O’Keeffe, Roger Ryan and Tom Madigan.