THE KNOCKOUT stages of the Frostbite Doubles League are beginning to take shape as competitors do battle against each other and the competition deadline.
All group section matches to be played at Archersfield must be completed by Tuesday. The penultimate stage of the tournament will be held on Friday, March 23, with the finals down for decision 24 hours later.
Tom Madigan and Robert Cummins are in a good position to progress from Grade A with three victories recorded to date. Jimmy Morrow and Tom Brennan are also making an impressive mark with three wins also.
All that remains to be decided in section one of Grade B is who will join Ivan Powell and Kevin Bergin in the penultimate stage. With a number of matches to be completed, there are plenty of candidates left. Things are clearer in section two, where Martin Mullally and Jack Brett’s impressive score leaves them all set to progress with only one match to be completed. Paddy O’Neill and Brian Kenny have also recorded some impressive results, giving them an opportunity to make the semi-finals. Fergal Conway and John Cuddihy are the clear leaders of Grade C having won four matches. P.J. Trait and Darren Brennan are also in contention with success in three outings. There are plenty of matches to be completed in Grade D, but Gerard O’Sullivan and Kevin Hanley have made a good start with two victories.
As far as completing matches is concerned, the ladies in the second of the Grade A sections are leading by example. Claire Roberts and Heather Sharman, together with Rose Doheny and Paula Nolan, have completed matters with seven sets each. Ann Walton and Hilda Anthony are approaching the winning post in section one with six sets from four outings. Laura Heffernan and Dorrie Lenehan have got their campaign off to a fine start with two victories.
Rena O’Connor and Joy Cox have had success in three outings in Grade B, where they are in contention to progress. Nicky Read and Tina O’Connor have virtually completed their campaign, having recorded an impressive seven sets. Deirdre O’Neill and Elsa Carroll have their matches completed in section two. With only one set dropped, they seem assured of a place in the next stage.
Dor Murphy and Suzanne Keating continue to impress in Grade C, with four victories under their belt. Anne Ryan and Sinead O’Sullivan, together with Ann Byrne and Kate Whitty, appear to be the principal contenders in Grade D. Having accumulated nine and eight sets respectively, they have only one match to complete proceedings.
St Patrick’s Day
There will be a sponsored tournament at the club on St Patrick’s Day.
The competition, which begins at 7.30pm, will be divided into four grades. Entry may be made via the tournament notice or by text.