Nineteen year old John McGahon returned from his travels, to his home town, to take the Mens A title, his awesome power proving too much to handle for David Black ...The huge entry in last weeks Louth Senior Open necessitated many matches being completed well after the chimes of midnight. Indeed, Tournament Referee, Kevin Tynan, handled the sometimes nightmarish logistics of running a large tennis tournament with great success, and his efforts were rewarded with a wonderful day of finals played at the Ramparts last Sunday in the balmiest of conditions.
Nineteen year old John McGahon returned from his travels, to his home town, to take the Mens A title, his awesome power proving too much to handle for David Black in a two set final. Young Black returned to court soon after with his father Sean and the Bettystown duo outplayed McGahon and his partner Adrian Ledwith in probably the most exciting match of the day, in the mens doubles final. The strong Bettystown contingent very much dominated the remainder of the premier finals. Gladys Eagleton had a comfortable victory over her club mate Tara Wickham in the ladies singles title. Wickham however had the consolation of winning gold in both the ladies doubles finals partnered respectively by Joan Smith and David Black.
The other grades also produced very exciting tennis. In an all local Ladies B final, Jennifer McEvoy’s power proved just too good for the superbly fit Shirley McDonnell in real thriller. Fionn Halpin from Blackrock just out of junior ranks, took three long sets to eventually take the title from evergreen Malahide maestro Peter McNally in the Mens B Final.
Ken McDonald and Siobhan O’Hagan had a well deserved victory in the Mixed B final against McNally and F. Geraldine McCann, in a pulsating three setter.
The ever improving Michael Durnin from Ardee took the Mens C title, while in the corresponding ladies event, Dromiskin girl Sinead Mulligan looked very impressive in her successful joust with Anne McArdle.
Other local winners included James Murphy and Irene Griffin in the Mixed C doubles while Gina Clarke and Marie Hayes, better known in badminton circles proved too strong for Frances McKernan and Pat Curran in the Ladies C doubles final.
Late in the evening Gerry Hoey, after an hours football with Stabannon Parnells, joined his wife Grainne to win the laurels in the Mixed D final. Louth open results
Mens A Singles: John McGahon bt David Black 6/0, 6/4, Ladies A Singles: Gladys Eagleton beat Tara Wickham 6/0, 6/4, Mens A Doubles: D. black/S. Black beat J. McGahon/A. Ledwith 7/5, 6/3, Ladies A Doubles: T. Wickham/Joan Smith beat G. Eagleton/S. Doyle 2/6, 6/2, 6/2, Mixed A Doubles: D. Black/T. Wickham beat John Smith/G. Eagleton 6/1, 6/4.
Mens B Singles: Fionn Halpin beat Peter McNally 6/7, 6/4, 6/3, Ladies B Singles: Jennifer McEvoy beat Shirley McDonnell 6/4, 3/6, 7/6, Mens B Doubles: D. Kennedy/J. McKeever beat J. Dunne/G. Coleman 6/0, 6/4, Ladies B DOubles: J. Martin/ E. Keoghan beat M. Woods/ S. McDonnell 2/6, 6/1, 6/0, Mixed B Doubles: K. Donald/S. O’Hagan beat P. McNally/ G. McCann 6/4, 3/6, 7/5.
Mens C Singles: Michael Durnin bt Jim Rook 6/3, 6/4, Ladies C Singles: Sinead Mulligan bt Anne McArdle 6/1, 6/4, Mens C Doubles: G. Farrell/O. Rafferty bt O. McGinnety/J. Murphy 6/4, 6/3, Ladies C Doubles: M. Hayes/G. Clarke bt P. Curran/F. McKernan 6/4, 6/3, Mixed C Doubles: J. Murphy / I. Griffin bt M. Durnin / F. McKernan 6/4, 4/6, 6/2.
Ladies D Singles: Bernadette Wood bt Grainne Hoey 6/1, 6/2, Ladies D Doubles: L. Boyle/F. Hamill bt D. Fay/B. Ward 6/3, 6/1, Mixed D Doubles: G. Hoey/G. Hoey bt M. Rahman/J. McGuinness 6/4, 6/3.