THE curtain was brought down for another year on a most popular event, the hardcourt singles, when the finals were played on Friday night.
The only three set match was the ladies Grade A final. In the opening set Emer O’Keeffe stormed into the lead. Her opponent, Bortha Tooley brought her experience into play and steadied the ship to take the second. The match was decided in the third, Bortha taking the honours 4/6, 6/1, 6/4.
In Grade B, Judy Lennon was victorious against Mary Liz Lenehan. The score was 6/0, 6/3.
In Grade C, Maura Curran was pushed all the way by Helena Kearns. Maura got off to an impressive start. However, the second was a more tense affair. Helena put up a brave performance but was beaten 6/1, 7/5.
In ladies Grade D, Anne Marie O’Neill took the title at the expense of Kate Heddigan. There was little between them, 6/4, 6/3.
In the men’s premier grade, Tommy Rochford scored an impressive victory over Jack Byrne, 6/3, 6/0.
In Grade A, Paul Flanagan had a fine victory over Edward Teehan, 6/3 6/2.
The power of John Skuce was enough to get him past the winning post against Alan Morrissey. John won 6/1, 7/6. John’s experience was vital in the second set tiebreak.
On Court 7, Eugene Halley and Larry Murphy were deciding the issue in Grade C. Larry was unfortunate to lose out by a service break, 6/4 6/4.
In the final encounter, Alan Arnopp was successful against Kieran Pryal in Grade D, 6/2, 6/2.
On the social scene, Friday night was an enjoyable affair for the visitors from Kieran’s College who celebrated to mark the retirement of Billy Bolster. The following night a large number of visitors and members celebrated Mark Brennan’s 50th birthday.