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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Dundalk players go deep into draws

Published 21/05/2014|05:20

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Maria Pearla Biansumba, the U-14s girls winner in Mullingar.

THE Junior Tennis championships at Mullingar took place at the weekend and once again Dundalk Tennis Club showed fantastic representation, with players competing and going deep into each of the draws.

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THE Junior Tennis championships at Mullingar took place at the weekend and once again Dundalk Tennis Club showed fantastic representation, with players competing and going deep into each of the draws.

In the under 14s girls section Maria Pearla Biansumba entered the event as the Number 1 seed. Sophie Murtagh and Anna Jones went in as the 4th and 5th seeds.

Anna Mai Mullen began her Mullingar campaign by facing the no.3 seed Maria Blake where the match went the distance, going to a third set championship tie breaker. Anna Mai was unfortunate not to come out on top, losing 6-7 6-3 6-4.

Sophie Murtagh started her tournament with a three set battle against Caoimhe Smith, defeating her 6-1 2-6 10-8 in the championship tie breaker. Sophie proceeded into the next round defeating Maria Blake in another three set match defeating Maria Blake 6-2 6-7 10-8. Sophie was then defeated in the semi finals against Anna O Farrell 6-1 6-1.

At top end of the draw Anna Jones, defeated Olivia Mariotti in two sets 7-6 7-5. In her quarter finals, Anna then went on to defeat Aoife Paul 6-1 6-3.

Meanwhile No.1 Seed Maria Pearla Biansumba moved swiftly through the draw winning her first matches against Sarah Moroney 6-0 6-0 and Kate Finnegan 6-2 6-0 to set up a semi final clash with her training partner at Dundalk Anna Jones. Maria proved too strong on this occasion and won 6-3 6-1. In the final Maria faced Anna O Farrell and defeated her 6-3 6-2 to take the Mullingar U-14 title.

Gene Murtagh represented Dundalk in the U/16s boys section and was very unfortunate not too pull through in his first round encounter with Tommy Friel where he was defeated in three sets 4-6 7-5 10-7 in the championship tie breaker.

In the boys section Under 14s Daniel Mullen went in as the No.1 seed, with Sean Foran and Oisin Murtagh going in as the number 3 and 4 seeds.

Jamie Battle who originates from Mullingar but who also trains out of the Dundalk performance academy, began his tournament with a three set victory over Josh Roe Flannelly 6-2 2-6 10-7. Jamie then faced his friend and training partner Sean Foran in the quarter finals who defeated Matthew Cleere from Castleknock in his first round match 6-2 6-2. Sean went onto to defeat Jamie to guarantee himself a semi final place in the tournament against Anmar Elamin. Sean over powered his opponent in the end winning 6-4 6-3 to give him a place in the final.

At the top end of the draw Oisin Murtagh was defeated by limerick player Charlie Barry 6-1 6-1. NO.1 seed, Daniel Mullen steamrolled through his first round match, defeating Tom Mahon 6-0 6-0. In his quarter finals Daniel went on to defeat Daniel Barisnikovs 6-4 6-4. Daniel then went on to defeat Charlie Barry convincingly with a 6-3 6-1 scoreline to set up an all Dundalk final in the boys with Sean Foran.

The match was a marathon with both players hustling for every point and went to a championship tie break in the third set. Sean Foran was victorious on this occasion and won 6-4 5-7 10-8 to lift the Mullingar U/14s Boys Title.

Next weekend Zofia Mullen and Rachel Mullen will represent Dundalk in the U/12 section.

The Argus

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