The Mid-Summer Madness League continues on its merry way at Kilkenny tenis club and it has generated great enthsuiasm among players. With the onset of the Senior Club Championships, the competition takes a break from Thursday until Saturday week.
The final dates for completion of all preliminary matches as been set as follows - 1 for Group 1 only, the closing date is October 8; 2 for all other groups - 2, 3 and 4 - October 14.
There will be no alteration or extension to these dates. Therefore it is in the interest of all teams that they get their allotted matches completed on time. The semi-final and final stages of the tournament will be completed over the fortnight following these dates.
On Friday a successful evening for new members was held and it attracted a large attendance. Proceedings got off to a good start with a cordial welcome to the club from Captain, Pat Brett. The club’s tennis coaches, Billy Bolster, Brian Doyle and Tommy Rochford, took over proceedings to provide the enthusiastic players with instruction on the proper execution of the various strokes in the game.
It appeared to have been appreciated by the players. There was a tournament held also, involving three sections.
In the first Mark Hennessy and Pauline McFarlane got matters off to an excellent start, with a well-earned victory. In second place were Emma O’Riordan and Ayo Ajari.
The penultimate section proved to be a tight affair altogether. Eddie Bolger and Ann Jones tied with Kieran Dunne and Bernadette Stapleton on the same number of games. However, by virtue of the inter-match rule, the Bolger/Jones combination was awarded the coveted spoils.
Finally, Davy Bowe and Mary Nolan made a formidable combination in securing the premier prize at the expense of Colm Culleton and Sandra Molloy.
On the previous Friday there was also an equally enthusiastic attendance. In the first of the two sections involved, Matt Gilsenan and Val Nolan proved too strong for the opposition, and took first place in the group. Kieran Dunne and Ayo Ajari comprised an efficient pairing to take second place.
The remaining section was a large one in comparison to the usual numbers. The players are to be congratulated on completing such an extensive match schedule. Worthy winners were Paddy O’Neill and Rena O’Connor, closely pursued by runners-up Pat Brett and Rob Gibney.
Finally, the annual senior Club Championships commence on Thursday and continues all next week. The finals are down for decision on Saturday week.