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Rain affects play at the Munster Junior Claycourt Championships
|26/Jun/2011||(No Expiry Date)||When it rains on clay courts, that is no ordinary matter! |
Play is suspended immediately until rainfall completely stops. The courts are then gently and skillfully sponged with precision that might resemble a surgeon's delicate touch! Imagine the challenge then, in this climate, for a tournament director to organise matches, re-organise, alter timetables, suspend play, relocate play, re-schedule!
But meet the challenge with aplomb was exactly what Sandra Russell and her hardworking team did last week during the 2011 Munster Junior Open Clay Court Championships at the County Tipperary Lawn Tennis Club.
They ran the tournament with maximum good humour, equanimity and efficiency, minimum inconvenience and delay. Of course this was also made possible by the generosity of the other local tennis clubs who made their courts available to the tournament director for the duration of the tournament.
There was fun off the courts as well as on court! The teenagers chatted and relaxed in the tuck shop. There was never any danger of 'handbags at dawn' as parents of rival players sipped tea together in the Russell Pavillion and joined each other 'courtside' in mutual support of their competitors, happy to be part of the whole atmosphere.
The finals were keenly contested on Saturday, and the Presentation of Prizes was made by President Anne Bourke. After thanking the Sponsors, the Committee and their helpers, President Bourke paid tribute to all the participants.
The winners of the singles events were,
Elizabeth Coman, Robbie Pratt, U16 Ben Kilkenny, U14 Tadhg Brennan, Mairead O'Connor,
Isabella Murphy, Will O'Callaghan,
Mary Carey, Luke Obersby.
The runners-up were,
Louise Coman, Roger Mulcaire,
Jayne O'Gorman, Ciaran Brady,
Eleanor Power, Alex Marshall,
Leah O'Brien, Ronan Foley.
The doubles' winners were
Ben Kilkenny and Elizabeth Coman,
U14 Ciaran Brady and Tadhg Brennan, Mairead O'Connor and Jayne O'Gorman,
Alex Marshall and Conor Reynolds,
Isabella Murphy and Dervla O'Neill.
The runners up were
Andrew Gleeson and Aimee Ryan,
Niall O'Connor and Brian Tracey, Alison Long and Anna O'Dwyer,
Eoin Hartnett and Will O'Callaghan, Lucy Kirby and Anna Walsh.
The winners of the Plate events were
Ciara Fogarty, Gordon O'Neill,
Sophie Bourke, Evan Fitzgerald,
Nicholas Kennedy. The runners up were
Anna O'Dwyer, Dermot Foley,
Anna Ryan, Peter Folan,
Junior tennis, Member's Teas and South Tipperary league have resumed with gusto, and everyone is looking forward to sunshine and balmy evenings to enjoy the rest of the summer tennis season!
The 2011 Munster Senior Open Clay Court Championships will take place at the County from August 7th to August 13th, and further details and application forms will be available on the club website,