Stephens News

With the completion dates of March 26thand 3rd April virtually in sight, The Ceramica Frostbite League continues to attract players to the courts in large numbers. In the combination grade Miriam Kelly and Mary Verling appear to be a force to reckon with, having 4 sets recorded. In Grade 4, Nollaig Cotter and Ann Walton, by virtue of 9 sets, are having a successful tournament. Meanwhile in Grade 4, Jacqui O’Brien and Maria Walsh have 4 sets recorded. In a prominent position in Grade 6 are Maeve Murphy and Maura O’Leary, having recorded 6 sets from 3 outings. Also having a successful campaign are Lydia McCann and Margaret Sheehan, who are 1 set behind. Claire Judge and Olivia McDermott together with Helena Gray and Aoife Regan, although in different sections, have the same score of 4 sets in Grade 7

                                                              As for male participation in the tournament, in Grade 4 Mark Dowling and Jimmy Morrow have begun proceedings with maximum points from 3 matches. The international combination of Bratislav Dimitrijevic and Ivan Powell in Grade 4 would appear to be a partnership worth a flutter, having amassed 6 sets already. Meanwhile, Keith Murphy and Colin Shaw together with Ed Walsh and Maurice Woodcock are the principal leaders in their respective sections in Grade 5. Finally, in Grade 7 Colin Dawson and Michael Fitzgerald appear to be well on their way to the final hurdle, with 6 sets recorded.
                                          In spite of the inclement weather the Friday evening‘s tournament attracted almost 30 players. It is evident that the tournament is a popular event with members. As for successful performances in Section 1, Mary Fitzgerald and Catherine Sweeney had a profitable night taking the top prize. Close behind in 2nd place were Aoife Nolan and Madeline Butler. The other section attracted a huge entry where Ivan Powell and Kay Curran dominated proceedings to take 1st prize. Bob Deevy and Mary Verling must consider themselves unlucky by virtue of being only 1 game behind the eventual winners – such is the trials and tribulations of competitive sport! Win lose or – alas there can only be 1 draw and that is for partners – we wish all playing in the tournament an enjoyable one. While most matches are played at night, with the sun as lathair, it is moonlight which players will have to rely on for inspiration!
It is indeed gratifying to note that an enthusiastic junior committee has been established – we wish them a successful year. The Spring newsletter, which outlines plans for the year, is an interesting read. Among the events anticipated is the Spring League, Matchplay and Saturday Night Tennis. As with much of the work in the club, the junior committee seek the assistance of adults to lighten the burden of administration.