Athlone division 3 members Orla Kinahan, Michele Culligan, George Bodor and Richard Frank played in the final against Birr Wilmer last Tuesday in Portumna. This was a most entertaining final with both teams playing exceptional tennis and keeping the spectators entertained for over two hours.
The final had two tie breaks, the first in the men’s doubles and later in one of the mixed doubles. Richard and George gained the upper hand in the men’s doubles while Orla and George tasted defeat in the second tie break.
Unfortunately Athlone lost and had to relinquish the cup won the previous year by the narrowest of margins.
Our division 2 players Lisa Brennan, Paula Dowling, Des Windsor Mc Glynn and Tomasz Koza got this competition off to a good start to a much fancied Portumna team and have a home fixture this Tuesday against Birr Wilmer.
In their quarter final division 4 match against Roscrea Anne O’ Sullivan, Joan Conway, John Cooney and Dave Costello lost on a 1-3 score.
Senior Club Championships
Two more finals were played during the past week, the men’s doubles and the men’s plate final. In the former Des Windsor Mc Glynn and John Cooney combined to defeat David Manser and Kieran Mc Carthy in an exciting 3 set close encounter. The later was won by Jeremy Clarke who overcame Rob Kearney.
Clem Higginbotham continues coaching every Saturday for children under 7 at 10am. Children ages 8 to 11 have coaching at 11 and coaching for older children will start at 12. Clem can be contacted at 0864022490.
Derek Stenson’s coaching sessions are on every Tuesday and Friday at 4 and 5pm. He caters for children from 4 to 17 and for more details contact him at 0851080013 or to get his time table and registration form email Derek at email@example.com
Men compete every Monday, the ladies play every Tuesday while mixed doubles competitions are held every Thursday. These nights are opportunities for new potential members to come along and play a few games.