Yes, it’s that time of the year when people looks forward to two weeks of super tennis,‘barbies’ and great fun. Inter-firms tournament time has arrived. The tournament will be played between Monday, May 13 and May 25.
The Kilkenny club sent an open invitation to all clubs/firms/organisations who might want to play in the tournament. Entry fee is 50 euro per team, which includes admission and food at the barbecue on Friday, May 17, which is followed by live music (9pm-1am).
Entries should be submitted to the clubhouse by 5pm today (Wednesday). Caufields Super Valu, Loughboy are the sponsors.
An inviting menu will be available every night during the tournament. All enquiries to the Tournament Director.
Those who cannot field a team of their own can text their name to 086-8645165 and they will be included on a team.
Hard court singles league
The finals of the hard court singles league have been decided. Conditions could not have been better and the tennis produced was top class. As with all finals there was a touch of nerves about the place, but this did not stop each player giving their all.
Had to concede
The men’s A final wasn’t played due to an injury to Paul Flanagan, who conceded to Rory McGovern. This would have been a most interesting clash, and both will be seen in more finals.
In the ladies A final the ball was moving at a serious pace with some super rallies and some top class shots. Trini Kenny lost out to Lynn Guilfoyle 6-0, 6-3.
The men’s B final was another energy sapping encounter. The match went to three sets. After a lightning start by David Phelan the match looked to have slipped from opponent Ivan Morrissey. Ivan battled back and ended up taking the spoils. The score was 2/6, 7/6, 6/3.
It was a great achievement by all to get to the finals. After three years away from playing Jacqui O’Brien (ladies B) should be an inspiration to all thinking of making a comeback. Her opponent and cousin Bronagh Ryan won the match in two sets, 6-3, 6-1.
The men’s C final was an excellent encounter between Fergal Conway and P.J. Trait. This was also a three setter and was difficult to call. P.J. won 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
The ladies C final was so tight in the first set that a tie breaker was needed to decide it. In the second set Ruth O’Leary pulled away from Elsa Carroll and took the spoils. This match featured endless rallies and some excellent tennis.The score was 7/6, 6/2.
Rob Gibney and Kieran Pryal battled it out in the men’s D section. They never gave each other an inch. The winner was Rob Gibney 6-4, 6-2.
The ladies D section produced another close affair. The first set was decided by a tie breaker. The standard of tennis was excellent with Nollaig Cotter defeating Catriona O’Flaherty 7-6, 6-3.
All the winners and runners-up were congratulated on their efforts. A special thank you was extended to Rena O’Connor for the excellent way she organised the tournament.
The popular American tournament will swing back into action on Friday. All interested have been asked to put their names on the notice board or ring Brian Doyle (086-8714941) as soon as possible. Courts booked from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm.
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