Stephen’s News 26th March

This week I focus attention on the Annual Doubles Frostbite League, sponsored generously by Ceramica, which is very much appreciated by the club. I don’t know if there has been a breakout of a new outbreak of shyness, but there seems to be a plot to do a nose dive until the final days for play descend on the courts.
In the lofty level of Mens Grade 1 and 2, Tommy and Jason Rochford are dominating proceedings with 5 points in the bag. Lar Ryan and Paul Cotter have a slender lead in Grade 3, by virtue of the accumulation of 8 points. However Jimmy Morrow and Nicky Rossiter with 7, are hot on their heels. The conclusion to this grade does envisage exciting times indeed. In Grade 4 Ed Walsh and Conor Phelan are certainly a classy outfit, having been successful in all 4 of their outings. Patrick Joyce and Enda Roberts are, also, competing well.
In Grade 5, a number reserved for the Lotto seems to be 6. From the 2 sections involved James Calleary and David Moore, Eamon Walsh and Keith Murphy together with Richard Duffin and Bob Moore have yes – I’m sure the readers have guessed it – all have 6 points from 3 matches. With such tight competition, some players seem confident of reaching the promised land! In Grade 6, another digit appears for the national draw. The leaders in both sections – Steve Gilsenen and Alan Purcell together with Jimmy Lennon and Ray Kent – seem assured for a place in the semi-finals.
The ladies in the combined section of Grades 2 and 3 have been serving – forgive the obtrusive
pun – us with exquisite performances. Carmel Nolan and Cora McCarthy have the premier slot in the first of 2 sections with 6 points. Miriam Kelly and Paula Nolan, with 5 points, appear to have a semi-final position ensured. The sparkling combination of Mary Verling and Rose Doheny are in the lead in Section 2. Meanwhile, Emma Smith and Ann O’Mahony provide additional opposition.
In Grade 4 Nollaig Cotter and Helena Kearns have been in cracking form with 10 points from 5 matches – serious display of sporting wealth indeed! In Grade 5 another partnership has emerged with success – Eileen Costigan and Fionnuala Bolger, with 6 points from 3 outings.
Dominating proceedings in Grade 6 are Catherine Hennessy and Maura O’Leary with 10 points. Shirley Trimble and Rebecca Walsh have also an impressive record with 8 points. In Grade 7 Sara Bateman and Margaret Sheehan constitute a successful partnership, by virtue of the 8 points recorded. In close proximity are Norma Moore and Karen Gilsenen.
Keep playing and a happy Easter to every competitor – a good time to get the remaining matches disposed of.