On Saturday the grand finale of the Caulfield’s SuperValu inter-firms tennis tournament was staged. This hugely successful and competitive event has been running for the last two weeks took place. A total of 55 teams, beginners, improvers and advanced, battled it out for the top spot in each section.
In the Premier Division, spectators were treated to a display of top class tennis between Tommy Rochford’s team and Robert Cummins team. Tommy’s crew won but tensions were high on court as Mary Nolan and her daughter Sheila played for Cummins and Voortman while her other two daughters, Carmel and AnnMarie played for Rochford and company.
Mary, while finishing on the runners-up team, had the satisfaction of winning the ladies doubles with Sheila.
Eoin McGovern (17) was captain of the Rochford team and he turned in a great display while John Dragon was the other member of the Cummins and Voortman outfit.
The ‘A Cup’ event final was a hard fought contest between ‘Hospital Hopefuls’ (Rory McGovern, Mary Verling, Helen Fitzgerald and Paul Cotter) and the ‘Gamebirds’ (John Greene, John Woodcock, Colette and Marita Comerford). ‘Hospital Hopefuls’ were worthy winners, but no doubt ‘The Gamebirds’ will be back again next year.
The ‘A Plate’ final was the last event and what a match it turned out to be! After almost an hours on court ‘Last Chance’ (John Skuce,Roger Ryan,Bortha Tooley and Aine Quinn) team scraped a victory over ‘Thanks a Bunch’ (Gillian Grant, Lena Barker, Eugene Halley and Trpa).
Some magnificent serving from John Skuce and great groundstrokes by Roger Ryan saw the aptly named team ‘Last Chance’ turn the match round. All have to be congratulated on turning in sup er fare.
In the ‘B Cup’ final ‘Bartley and Co’ (Ken Bartley, Deirdre Power-Bartley, new member Liz Jennings and Tim Brennan) saw off the opposition from ‘I am Spartacus’ (Colin Shaw, Colette O’Hare, Lucy Glenndinning and Conor Doyle) in a very close match.
The ‘B Plate’ final between ‘Johnstown School’ (Lar Ryan, Katie Kilkenny, P.J. Trait and Nora Darcy) and ‘Dalton Mills B’ (Denis Dalton, Maeve Power, Eadaoin Power and David Phelan) was also an epic match with the men’s doubles going to a tie-break.
The ‘C Cup’ event saw the ‘Orange Café’ (Dermot Dalton, Matt Gilsenan, Jackie Feely and Mags Bowen) face up to the young and enthusiastic team of ‘Ruths and Co’. A fine display of athleticism and determination throughout the competition help carry ‘Ruths and Co’ through to the final but on the night the experience of ‘Orange Café’ proived too much and they took the spoils.
In the ‘C Plate’ the ‘State Street’ team led by club member Bridie Mai Stakelum, helped by fellow member AnnMarie Brennan, were the deserved winners over ‘Chancellor Mills C’( Richie Dalton, Tom Ryan, Deirdre O’Brien and Jackie Kealy).
Finally, the ‘D Section’, which is for non-tennis players, attracted16 teams to battle it out.
In the ‘D Cup’ final two local businesses went head-to-head for top spot.
DME (David Mulch Electrical), namely Tommie Tyrrell, Danielle Coonan, Marliese Walsh, emerged as winners over ‘Laharts Volkswagon’ (Sabrina Casburn, Gerry Gladney, Jeanne Kirby and Michael Morrissey).
However, Laharts had another team in the mix and ‘Laharts Skoda’ (Denis Lahart, Catherine Tiernan, Lorraine Cummins and Danny Lawlor) were worthy winners of the ‘D Plate’ final. They took on the local doctors from ‘St. Luke’s’.
Thanks were extended to to Caulfield’s SuperValu, Loughboy for their generous support of an event that is growing more people each year.
The American tournament series will resume on Friday. Names of those interested should be given to Brian Doyle (086-8645165) or put on club noticeboard. Places limited to the first 32. All courts booked from 7.30 to 9.30pm.
The next social event on the calendar in the club will be on Saturday, June 22. It is the Captain’s dinner. Tickets cost €40 and can be had in advance from Rena (086-3060449, the Club Administrator). There is a black and white dress code event. Music will by Uptown Band. Food by Mise en Place.
Mid-Summer Madness League
The mid-Summer Madness tournament will be starting shortly. It is a team event, ladies and men’s doubles and mixed doubles. Names to Rena (086-8645165) or put them on the notice board in the clubhouse.