THE recent tournament and fund raiser at Kilkenny tennis club in aid of the Carlow Kilkenny Home Care generated nearly €2,150. It was a great effort by all, including the hard working Organising Committee.
The annual inter-firms tournament sponsored by Caulfields Super mValu, Loughboy, is almost upon us. The action will be from May 14 to 26.
On Saturday, May 19 the club is hosting a charity tournament in aid of the Chernobyl charity. The tournament clashes with the Heinekan Cup final involving two Irish teams for the first time, Leinster and Munster, but the organisers are confident they will attract good support.
The annual hardcourt singles league, sponsored by Hennessy Sports, has made considerable progress despite the bad weather. The penultimate stages are down for decision this week. The final date for completion of all matches was this week.
The Premier Grade has taken and expected twist on foot of Tommy Rochford’s four victories to date. Robert Cummins, with a match in hand, shares second place with Jack Byrne on 6 sets.
In men’s Grade A, John Skuce, who has a match to play, is doing well with four victories recorded. Also in the hunt are Chris Heitzel and John Dalton, who have five sets each with two matches to play. Success in both matches could give them top place in their section.
In the other section of the grade, Gus Carey has completed his campaign with eight sets. Brian Kenny and Eoin Maher are second on six sets, but Eoin has a match in hand.
In Grade B, John Kirk and David Moore seized the top two places in the first section. In Section 2, Paddy O’Neill had an impressive campaign with eight sets accumulated. Kevin Bergin is second. Both have a match to complete.
The remaining section of this grade has been completed. Ivan Powell won. Liam O’Connor was the runner-up.
In section 1 of Grade C, Larry Moloney claimed nine sets. Conor Doyle has an opportunity to seize the top spot. He is on eight sets with one match remaining.
In section 2, Bob Moore, who has one match remaining, shares second place with Fergal Conway. Niall O’Flaherty won the section by winning all five matches.
In Grade D, both sections have been completed. Robert Gibney and Sean McMullan finished in second place. Kieran Pryal and J.J. Drennan never put a foot wrong and topped the section.
In the ladies Grade A, Emer O’Keeffe and Ailish Scott booked a place in Saturday’s final. In the first of the sections in Grade B, Monica Costigan and Nicky Read are tied on six sets each. Monica may top this section by virtue of success in he one match to play.
The situation is similar in Section 2. Helen Fitzgerald, who has a match in hand, and Joy Cox, shares top spot with six sets each.
In Grade C, Cathy Crowley was successful in all of five matches. Elsa Carroll, in the same section of the grade, has eight sets recorded.
In Section 2, Susan Kenny won four matches to date. Also in the hunt for a semi-final place are Dor Keane and Ruth O’Leary, who are on six and five sets respectively. All three have one match to play.
In Grade D, Anna Byrne and Caroline Fanning are into the semi-finals from Section 1. Aoife O’Neill and Cathriona Reilly appear to have entered the winners enclosure of their section on the back of victories in all four matches. Bernadette Stapleton, who has five sets to her credit, has two matches to play and could cause an upset.