Tennis News with Ciotóg
Vets get set (s)!
As the dusk settles on the evening light, it was time to recognise the start of winter with The Annual Open Veterans tournament of County Kilkenny, generously sponsored for another years by AIB Bank. In these difficult times, the club is indeed indebted for this contribution. We, also, extend our sincere thanks to Rena O’Connor, who provided the professional expertise, to steer the tournament to success.
Over 150 players provided tennis of excellent quality in ideal weather conditions. The tournament attracted players from many counties in the country – Carlow, Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Wexford, Dublin, Louth, Galway, Tipperary and as far North as Belfast. Local players also played their part, in adding to the success of the event – Tommy Rochford, Robert Cummins, Ivan Cahill, Donnacha Harkin, Roger Ryan, John Fortin, Mary Nolan, Christina Heffernan and Mary Verling. Apart from the on-court proceedings, the weekend was marked by ancillary activity in the clubhouse, which proved to be an enjoyable facet of the weekend.
The Veterans tournament – more popularly christened The Vets – caters for players from the relatively young 35-year-olds to the seasoned players enjoying the fruits of their senior years. Therefore, it is not difficult to recognise the popularity of the competition.
In the Over 35 Mens Singles, Tommy Rochford kept the Archersfield flag flying in his quest with Willie Reynolds. In spite of Tommy’s sterling performance, Willie proved to be the winner in an interesting match. In the Mens Doubles of the same age group, the Kilkenny club also made an impact, as Robert Cummins and Donnacha Harkin joined forces to take the title, at the expense of Ivan Cahill and Fergus Murphy. Mary Nolan, also, proved to be an accomplished exponent, as she took the runner-up spot in her match with Ann Coveny.
Harry and Catherine McCarthy, both former members of the club, were also playing some fine tennis, as they were rewarded with the runner-up position, in their final against Ger and Margaret Cusack. We are fortunate to have Harry, a former captain of our club, and Catherine, making the annual visit to Archersfield.
As for the numerous other events in the tournament, the following were the prizewinners:
+ 35 Ladies Doubles: Winners Claire Bergin & Katherine Morrissey
Runners-Up Madeline Kelly & Sheila Lonergan
+40 Ladies Singles: Winner Deirdre McSherry
Runner-Up Niamh Kennedy
+40 Ladies Doubles Winners Patty Briggs & Niamh Kennedy
Runners-Up Ann Naughton & Una Ryle
+45 Mens Singles: Winner Des Dillon
Runner-Up Joe Donovan
+45 Mens Doubles: Winners Des Dillon & Willie Guiry
Runners-Up Joe Donovan & Paul O’Callaghan
+40 Mixed Doubles: Winners Martin Ormonde & Patty Briggs
Runners-Up Paul O’Callaghan & Melanie Spivey
+50 Ladies Doubles: Winners Norah Glynn & Gerldine Wynne
Runners-Up Michelle Linnane & Jill McCormack
+55 Mens Singles: Winner Dick McCarthy
Runner-Up Donal McGoldrick
+55 Mens Doubles: Winners Larry Power & John Shannon
Runners-Up Donal McGoldrick & Michael Murray
+60 Mixed Doubles: Winners Brendan Boylan & Michelle Linnane
Runners-Up Derry Vereker & Lucy Ryan