It was a busy time in Larkspur Park Tennis Club last week with the semi finals of the winter league being played on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and the finals down for decision on Saturday night.
There was great sense of excitement building up to the matches with the first games starting at 6.30pm.
First up were Nodlaig Ryan’s team Mary Heffernan, Deirdre Gillespie and Liz Kingston, who had an excellent game against Cait Bennett’s team of Mairead Hayes, Marguerette Kelly and Cathy Burns. Nollaig’s narrowly taking the win.
At the same time Ger Anglim’s team of Ursula Ryan, Martina Ryan and Sinead Bergin, were having a ding-dong battle in their semi final pairing with Michelle O’Meara’s team of Teresa Anglim, Mary Crosse Ryan and Shelagh Marshall.
This game got the crowd going with a plenty of vocal encouragement from both players and supporters, Ger’s team ran out winners of this one.
The men’s matches got under way at 8.30pm.
Joe Barry’s team of Aidan O’Gorman, Arthur Fitzell and Dave O’Meara were extremely unlucky to be beaten by Michael Perdue’s team Paul Anglim, Donal Ryan and Dylan Fitzell. This one saw father and son Arthur and Dylan Fitzell line up on opposite sides of the net, and as is the case in most of these encounters the old dog had to play second fiddle to a younger superior talent.
On at the same time was match between Naomi Campell’s team Isobel O’Brien, Vera Sheehan and Edwina Maher who were pitted against Ger Maher’s team Teresa Shanahan, Teresa Connolly and Josephine Maher. This was a very close affair with Naoimi’s team getting the rub of the green.
There was great atmosphere in the park for the finals on Saturday night. This was the first social evening since the upgrades were completed and it was a roaring success. Here’s to many more!
All players are reminded that membership is now due. There will be a key fob system in operation from Monday, May 27. Membership can be paid during the day at the park or at any time to a committee member.
Forms are available in Buckley’s too.
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Last Sunday, Larkspur’s Under 16 tennis team travelled to Mallow to play Ballinlough, Cork, in the final of the Munster Shield Competition. From the start it was evident that this would be a thriller between two very well matched young teams. Spectators and supporters were not disappointed as the standard of tennis in the six singles matches was really excellent. Pat Muldoon, Niall O’Connor, Ciara Fogarty and Laura Connolly all won in three sets. John O’Connor (subbing for Brian Treacy) and Maria Fanning played very well but just came up short against Ballinlough’s no. 1 boy and girl respectively.
Going into the three doubles matches Larkspur led 4 - 2, however securing that last match to win the tie was nerve wracking for their travelling supporters! Ciara and Laura duly obliged to give Larkspur a well deserved 5 -4 victory.
Congratulations to all the players concerned .