Friday 20 September 2019

Parks champs crowned

The Wexford parks tennis finals took place on Friday at St. Martin's for the Under-14 boys, with all other matches at the Tennis and Boat Club.

Due to the poor weather, the Under-14 boys' doubles had to be postponed until Tuesday in St. Martin's.

All the other matches went ahead thankfully, due to the improved facilities, with many parents commenting on the beautiful new Lotto-funded all-weather courts at the club.

The big change in parks this summer was the extending of the traditional one-hour programme to an hour and a half for children over ten.

This change allowed children more time to play matches, and there was much more consistency in play this year at finals.

On finals day all players have at least two matches at the pool stages, with the winners of each pool going forward to semi-finals.

Because of the challenging weather, all age groups went straight to semis and finals, and prizes were handed out immediately.

Under-10 girls: winner, Jodie Keeling (Glynn-Barntown); runner-up, Aoife Flanagan (New Ross).

Under-10 boys: winner, Ben Larkin (Piercestown); runner-up, Ben Sinnott (New Ross).

Under-12 girls: winner, Clare Doyle (New Ross); runner-up, Aoife O'Connor (Piercestown).

Under-12 boys: winner, Noah Culleton (Kilmore); runner-up, Kevin Culleton (Piercestown).

Under-14 girls' singles: winner, Peig Delaney (New Ross); runner-up, Alannah Byrne (New Ross).

Under-14 boys' singles: winner, Christopher O'Connor (Bridgetown); runner-up, Diarmuid Moore (Cleariestown).

Under-16 girls' singles: winner, Sophie Boxwell (Kilmore); runner-up, Peig Busher-O'Sullivan (Piercestown).

Under-16 boys' singles: winner, Sam Boxwell (Kilmore); runner-up, Chris Reville (Kilmore).

It is very encouraging to see the spread of winners around the county and the strength of some venues like New Ross.

The Under-14 boys' doubles will be run on Tuesday at 2 p.m. in St. Martin's.

All the doubles results and the awarding of the Liam Kennedy Cup will be on Tuesday.

Wexford People