PROGRESS continues to be made in the Frostbite Doubles League at the Kilkenny Tennis Club, with players making their way through the match programme. With the closing date of March 20 for the completion of all matches drawing close, players are reminded to keep active on the courts as no extension will be applied.
A number of pairings are showing good form, having accumulated maximum success. In the ladies Grade D Ann Byrne and Kate Whitty have won all three of their matches while Sabrina Bass and Ann Quinlan are progressing well at Grade B level with four sets accumulated. Eithne Murphy and Helen Fitzgerald are pursuing them with the same score.
In Grade A, Claire Roberts and Heather Sharman would appear to be well on the way to the penultimate stage. However the partnerships of Rose Doheny and Paula Nolan (five sets), together with Grainne Parker and Emer O’Keeffe (four sets), are in hot pursuit.
Meanwhile in Men’s Grade A Tom Madigan and Robert Cummins are in pole position, having scored success in their first two outings. Trevor Darlington and Gus Carey are proving to be an impressive duo, having amassed five sets to date. In Grade B Ivan Powell and Kevin Bergin have outstripped all opposition with eight sets accumulated. Martin Mullally and Jack Brett have five sets in the bag already in the second section of the grade.
The monthly sponsored tournament, which had a well-supported cast, proved to be a successful evening. Taking the coveted prizes in the first of the four sections was the ever-talented partnership of Bernie Halpin and Joe Kelly while Val Nolan and Jackie Kealy were winners in section two. Making an impressive return to play in the penultimate section was Ivan Morrissey, partnered by Joan Kennedy, to take the prizes at stake. Finally, Darren Brennan and Mary Crowley were the winners in the last section.
The usual weekly tournament will be held this Friday. Entry can be made via the noticeboard or text reply system.
A very successful junior tournament was held at Archersfield on Saturday. The first match down for decision needed a tiebreak before Grace Conway overcame the sterling opposition of Faye Neill on a 10-8 scoreline.
It was a similar story in the next outing as Alan Kelly, the eventual winner, beat Max Neil in another tiebreak. Josh Lamb took the spoils in the next encounter at Niall Brennan’s expense.
The encounter between Jason Rochford and Eamon Byrne was a fine spectacle. There was little between the pair, as Jason won 6-3, 6-4. The match of the day was the battle between Darragh Roberts and Sam Atkinson Lynch. Sam made his mark initially, taking the first set, but Darragh ensured the need for a tiebreak to decide matters, winning the second set on a final score 4-6, 6-4 (10-7).
For the younger players Muireann Kelly, who remains unbeaten, overcame Lainey Gilsenan 6-2. Jack Atkinson Lynch was also impressive when beating Myles McGovern and Rioghan Brennan. Mia Ryan made an impressive debut, beating Lucy Hogan, Emma Darcy and Ruth Darcy.