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Saturday 21 October 2017

Parks tennis smash

Great month finishes on a high note

Cillian Byrne from Cleariestown receives his trophy from Cllr. Jim Moore for winning the Under-16 competition
Cillian Byrne from Cleariestown receives his trophy from Cllr. Jim Moore for winning the Under-16 competition
Cllr. Jim Moore presenting Bill Crowdle and Gary Murphy with the trophy for most wins for the New Ross Parks camp
The Mayor of Wexford, Cllr. Jim Moore, presenting prizes for the Parks tennis finals in Wexford Harbour Boat and Tennis Club on Friday afternoon

Another great month of Parks tennis finished on Friday at the Wexford Harbour Tennis and Boat Club.

A total of 62 children played in the finals from Under-10 to Under-16, with more girls playing this year in the older age groups.

The weather for the month had been perfect, but unfortunately finals day again was challenging.

However, all the children got stuck in, and each child played two matches of first to three games at the pool stages. The winners of the pools then went to semi-finals and on to finals.

All the finals were good matches, and the best were the Under-14 girls with Kate Sinnott of the Boat Club against the winner, Abbie Walsh of Bunclody; the Under-16 boys between Luke Hunt of Kilmore against the winner, Cillian Byrne of Cleariestown; and finally the Under-12 boys between Ben Sinnott of New Ross and the winner, Owen Cheevers of Kilmore.

The doubles competition took place on Thursday at Hillbrook Tennis Club in Enniscorthy, and there was a wonderful atmosphere of playing fun tennis on beautiful courts in nice weather.

However, as sometimes happens with tennis, the last match, the girls Under-16, kept on going, with Peig Delaney and Katie Galavan of New Ross beating Aoibhe McSweeney and Rebecca Kavanagh of Bunclody.

Many thanks to the Chairman, Donal O'Brien, and members of Hillbrook for use of the courts.

This year match afternoons were started on Thursdays and were very successful.

Children came along and paid an extra €3 to play matches, and this showed on finals day, so it is hoped to extend this to other afternoons next year.

Prizes were presented at the Tennis and Boat Club by the Mayor, Councillor Jim Moore, who is a great supporter of tennis in Kilmore and at the Bridgetown Schools Completion Programme.

Jim arrived exactly at 1.45 p.m., right on schedule, which was a great achievement for all the coach referees in such difficult weather conditions.

Jim was very complimentary to each individual child, and then presented the Liam Kennedy Cup to New Ross coaches Bill Crowdle and Gary Murphy for the venue with the most wins.

All children and parents are very welcome to the Tennis and Boat Club for the Rocket Broadband August weekend Senior competition. Drop in at any time over the three days.

Under-16 girls' doubles: winners, Peig Delaney and Katie Galavan from New Ross; runners-up:,Aoibhe McSweeney and Rebecca Kavanagh from Bunclody.

Under-16 boys' doubles: winners, Jack Donovan and Rory O'Brien from Cleariestown; runners-up, Thomas Fitzgerald and Regan Treacy from Bunclody.

Under-14 boys' doubles: winners, Rory Delaney and David Prendergast from New Ross; runners-up, Conor Mackey and Michael Mackey from Glynn.

Under-12 boys' doubles: winners, Eoin Cheevers and Lewis Cosgrave from Bridgetown; runners-up, Mark Hennessy and Ben Larkin from Piercestown.

Under-14 girls' doubles: winners, Abbie Walsh and Rachel Kavanagh from Bunclody; runners-up, Alanna Wogan and Rachel Goff from Glynn.

Under-12 girls' doubles: winners, Grace O'Connor and Orla Griffin from Piercestown; runners-up, Mia Quirke and Niamh Dempsey from Piercestown.

Under-10 girls' doubles: winners, Alicia kenny and Rosie Jeffers from Bridgetown; runners-up, Lucy Tocock and Chloe Casey from Glynn.

Under-10 boys' singles: winner, Martin Sinnott from New Ross; runner-up, Seán Murray from New Ross.

Under-12 boys' singles: winner, Owen Cheevers from Kilmore; runner-up, Ben Sinnott from New Ross.

Under-14 boys' singles: winner, Eoin Prendergast from New Ross; runner-up, Ben Larkin from Piercestown.

Under-16 boys' singles: winner, Cillian Byrne from Cleariestown; runner-up, Luke Hunt from Kilmore.

Under-10 girls' singles: winner, Eimear Porter from New Ross; runner-up, Kayla Walsh from Cleariestown.

Under-16 girls' singles: winner, Rachel Kavanagh from Bunclody; runner-up, Peig Delaney from New Ross.

Under-12 girls' singles: winner, Jodie Keeling from Glynn; runner-up, Grace White from Wexford Harbour Boat Club.

Under-14 girls' singles: winner, Abbie Walsh from Bunclody; runner-up, Katie Sinnott from Wexford Harbour Boat Club.

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