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Game, Set and Match to Tipperary County
19/Aug/2010(No Expiry Date)This summer can now officially be declared a success, when the 85th Senior Munster Open Claycourt Championships were run so successfully last week at Tipperary County Lawn Tennis Club. And what a magnificent tournament, under the efficacious Directorship of Marcella Kelly and President Paddy Connery, of marathon matches, balmy barbeques and transcendental teas! Players and visitors enjoyed the usual warm 'County' welcome, in a club which has often been described as 'a little piece of paradise'!

Opening the tournament on Sunday morning, Marie Gleeson of Larkspur, Cashel, and Sinead Maguire of Catholic Institute, Limerick, battled it out under the midday sun, with a keenly contested ladies singles match which set the tone for a week of finesse, endurance and competition.

In Grade 1-2, Men's Singles, Alan McCormack beat Julien Prieur; Ladies Singles, Niamh O'Dwyer beat Mary Claire McCarthy; Men's Doubles, Bryan Fogarty and Julien Prieur beat Des Dillon and Mick Prendergast; Ladies Doubles, Trudy Kennedy and Mary Claire McCarthy beat Deirdre McSherry and Gail O'Meara; Mixed Doubles, Julien Prieur and Niamh O'Dwyer beat Andrew Jones and Mary Claire McCarthy.

In Grade 3-4, Men's Singles, Patrick Moloney beat Declan O'Dalaigh; Ladies Doubles, Jill McCormack and Joanne Ryan beat Ita Madigan and Ailish Scott.

In Grade 3, Men's Doubles, Brian Byrne and Ger Cusack beat James Caffrey and Philip Ryan; Mixed Doubles, Joe Ahern and Nuala Smith beat Brian Byrne and Phil Darrer.

In Grade 4, Ladies Singles, Mary Power beat Sinead Maguire; Men's Doubles, Gareth McGlinchy and Jerry Shanahan beat Ger Callopy and Declan O'Dalaigh; Mixed Doubles, Tim O'Brien and Valerie Cotter beat Dave Fanning and Theresa Drohan.

In Grade 5, Men's Singles, Eugene O'Mahony beat Tom Cummins; Ladies Singles, Caroline Fitzgerald beat Emma Bowler; Men's Doubles, Aidan Stewart and Maurice Walsh beat Daniel O'Leary and Fergus O'Shaughnessy; Ladies Doubles, Sally-Ann Egleston and Deirdre Leonard beat Ber Daly and Margaret Harty; Mixed Doubles, Gareth McGlinchy and Barbara Ryan beat John Whelan and Marie Rogers.

In Grade 6, Men's Doubles, Dominic Hayes and Jim Kissane beat Liam O'Gorman and Tom Russell; Ladies Doubles, Margo Fogarty and Cora Horgan beat Marie Murphy and Fidelma Seymour; Handicapped Mixed Doubles, Paddy Connery and Siobhan Donovan beat Jim Kissane and Aisling Fanning.

The Munster Veterans Open Claycourt Championships will run at the County Tennis Club from September 24th to 26th, 2010. Entries may be sent to Miss Marcella Kelly, Garnacanty, Tipperary, (087 3141264), before Monday September 20th, 2010 at 6pm.

It is said that 'love' means 'nothing' to a tennis player but these witty County players have coined the acrostic, "tender loving tennis" to remember their new website,, and application to the Veteran's Tournament can be made online to that address!

Finally, thanks to all the Members and Helpers who made this a great Tournament! Congratulations to the Winners, and Participants of 'County Week'!

"Things won are done; joy's soul lies in the doing"
(William Shakespeare)
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