Tournament a highlight on club calendar

AFTER the busy schedule that came with Senior Open Week it was back to the weekly tournament at the Kilkenny tennis club. Despite the weather, the event was as popular as ever.

AFTER the busy schedule that came with Senior Open Week it was back to the weekly tournament at the Kilkenny tennis club. Despite the weather, the event was as popular as ever.

Brendan O’Regan and Val Nolan joined forces to take first prize in section one, edging Ed Fennelly and Heather Hogan into second place. In section two Mark Hennessy and Bill Nolan were the worthy winners with an ample supply of games to their credit. Taking the final prize for the evening were Luke Martin and Ann Byrne, who had a game to spare over their nearest rivals.

The final touches have been made for the Mid-Summer Madness League draw. The format remains the same as last year’s competition - teams of four (two men, two ladies) play against each team in their relevant section.

Each team plays a men’s doubles, a ladies doubles and two mixed doubles against each team in its grade. With a lot of tennis to be played it is advisable to start the process early.

Junior

Players are reminded that the club’s Junior Open Week will be held from July 22 to 29. Members have been busy attending open weeks at other local clubs, most recently the Carrick-on-Suir event in Castleview.

The club was well represented, with 20 local players participating. Ciara Brennan had a merited victory in the girls’ under-14 singles at the expense of Lisa Connolly. Ciara was also successful in the girls’ under-16 doubles, teaming up with Isabel Carey to take the title.

Niall Brennan was unlucky to go down in the boys’ under-16 singles, losing on a 5-7, 3-6 scoreline. However, he received due compensation in the boys’ under-16 doubles, partnering Darragh Connolly to success to mirror the success they had in Tramore. In the under-12 singles competition Rory Hogan took the title at stake.

There was success for the club at national level also, as Eoin McGovern won the boys’ under-16 and under-18 singles titles at The Lansdowne Club. Eoin followed up this success by winning the boys’ under-16 singles title at Bishopstown in Cork.