Thursday 12 December 2019

Tom holds all the aces again

Co. tennis championships

Shinagh Downey of Enniscorthy who contested the ladies 'A' singles final
Shinagh Downey of Enniscorthy who contested the ladies 'A' singles final

The finals of the Senior open championships of County Wexford were held at Hillbrook Lawn Tennis Club on Saturday.

There was a fantastic turn-out of players both local and from clubs in Wexford, Waterford, Tipperary, Carlow, Offaly and Wicklow. Weather conditions were ideal and the large crowds who attended the event throughout the week were treated to some high-quality tennis.

The finals night on Saturday was held in glorious sunshine which contributed to the high standard of tennis, with some notable local successes. The ladies' 'B' final was a gripping encounter between local favourite Katie Atkinson and Joy Cox from Tullamore, with Katie winning out 7-5,6-0.

Tom McGrath retained his 'A' singles crown with a convincing victory over Wexford's Shane Jenkins (6-0, 6-0). Tom also retained his 'A' doubles crown alongside our club Chairman, Noel Devereux, defeating Shane and Bjiorn Jenkins 6-2, 6-4. This was a very entertaining match with tennis of an exceptional quality that entertained a large, appreciative crowd of supporters.

The ladies' 'A' singles title was won comprehensively by our coach, Ashley Wynne, when she overcame Shinagh Downey, also from Hillbrook, on a scoreline of 6-0, 6-3. Ashley and Conor Gormley then went on to win the 'A' mixed doubles, defeating Dick McCarthy and Helen McGrath (Waterford) 6-3, 6-2.

Other notable successes for Hillbrook were Stephen Hadley and Martin Armstrong in the men's 'D' doubles and Alan McNally and Kelly Keating in the 'C' mixed doubles. Alan had earlier overcome Alan Doyle in the men's 'C' singles.

Narrow defeats were endured by Seamus O'Connor and Louis O'Neill in the men's 'B' doubles, Alan Doyle and Jacinta Doyle-Somers in the 'C' mixed doubles, and Bernie Donohue and Gail Copeland in the ladies' 'C' and 'D' doubles.

Once again a very big thanks to the tennis committee and especially our tournament director, John Dempsey, who along with club Chairman Noel Devereux, Secretary William Murphy, Keith Sheehan and Conor Gormley organised and scheduled all the matches.

The after-match barbecue and salads were in great demand and a special thanks goes to Ann Wall and her team of helpers for making it such a success.

The Juniors will take centre stage next. Don't forget to enter the Junior open championships from June 29 to July 4 for members and non-members.

Entries may be made online at The closing date for entry is Friday next, June 26.

Wexford People

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