JUVENILE PLAYERS from Gorey, Monaseed and Taghmon travelled to Dublin for the Under-12 and Under-16 autumn open event recently.
In the Under-12 age category, Aime Butler from Gorey reached the final of the girls' singles. Unfortunately, she had to settle for runners-up spot, losing to the number one seed, Niamh Gannon from Dublin. Aime went one better in the doubles, teaming up with Katie Smyth from Monaseed. They won the title 21-19 in the third set of a marathon match against the number one seeds, Alex Troy and Katie Browne from Ennis.
The Gorey duo of Jack Nolan and Seán Dowling matched the girls by winning the Under-12 boys' doubles. In the final, the boys were also taken to three sets by the number one seeds, Ronan Foley from Sligo and Ethan O'Connor from Cork, but they won the third set relatively comfortably (21-15).
Clodagh Dunne from Taghmon played up an age category where she partnered Dublin player Kate Frost in the Under-16 girls' doubles. They were ranked number one and easily dispatched the number two seeds from Dublin in the final, 21-6, 21-10.
Clodagh returned to Dublin the next day to defend her Under-14 girls' singles title. The number one seed, currently in excellent form, eased through the competition to take the title without dropping a set.
James McKenzie, Brandon Cogley and Ryan Cogley from Taghmon, as well as Eoghan Kennedy and Des Dowling from Gorey, were all in action in the Under-14 boys singles and doubles. In the singles, Cogley progressed the furthest, reaching the semi-final.
In the boys' doubles, Brandon and Ryan Cogley lost out early on 21-17, 21-18 to the eventual winners, Mark Gannon and Jack Lawlor from Dublin. Meanwhile, James McKenzie teamed up with Luke Reilly from Dublin and together this scratch pairing reached the boys' doubles final. They lost the first set narrowly 22-20 and couldn't recover in the second set, so had to settle for runners-up place.
Taghmon's Division 2 team played Shelbourne 'A' at home in the mixed league on Tuesday last. In the men's doubles, Taghmon's Philip and John Walsh battled hard against Shelbourne's Chris MacMackin and Paudie Foran. The game went to three sets and victory went to McMackin and Foran 12-21, 21-16, 21-14.
In the ladies' doubles, Deirdre Kehoe and Clodagh Dunne dug deep against Ailish O'Hanlon and Siobhán Ennis in an exciting threesetter. Kehoe and Dunne were the eventual winners 21-15, 16-21, 2115. In the first mixed doubles, Philip Walsh and Deirdre Kehoe also had a three-setter against Chris MacMackin and Ailish O'Hanlon. The Shelbourne duo proved too strong for Walsh and Kehoe, winning 2113, 15-21, 21-11.
In the second mixed doubles, John Walsh and Clodagh Dunne were defeated by Paudie Foran and Siobhán Ennis in two straight sets (21-16, 21-11). Shelbourne were declared the winners on a scoreline of seven sets to four.
Mixed league results: Division 3, Group A, Shelbourne 'B' 6, Ballinkillen 5; Division 5, St. Martin's 'B' 4, Shelbourne 4; Division 6, Group B, Terrerath 8, New Ross 2; Terrerath 4, Davidstown 8.
All roads led to Taghmon Community Centre on Friday week last for the preliminary rounds of the charity tournament. Players travelled from Gorey, Terrerath, Shelbourne and St. Martin's. Seamus Creane, tournament organiser, had all three courts hopping from 7.30 p.m.
Players battled hard for the honour of playing in the finals. Seamus would like to thank Nicholas Murphy for having the hall set up for play, and Margaret and Mary Nolan for the refreshments which were very welcome.
Division 4 men's singles semifinals: Rhyan Butler (St. Martin's) defeated Benny Lawlor (Gorey) 2119, 21-15, before Nicky Sinnott (Terrerath) got a walkover into the decider.
Division 4 ladies' doubles semifinals: Shelbourne's Lorraine Dunne and Clodagh McDonald defeated Siobhán Creane (Terrerath) and Helen Butler (St. Martin's) 21-17, 21-18. Dunne and McDonald will play Shelbourne's Jenny Winter and Chantal Rowe in the final.
Division 4 mixed doubles semifinals: Shelbourne's Chantal Rowe and Brian Cummins were too strong for the Terrerath and Gorey partnership of Emily Kent and Podge Masterson. Rowe and Cummins took the game 21-12, 21-17.
Next up it was the turn of Shelbourne's Lorraine Dunne and Ciarán Doyle who put up a Trojan battle against St. Martin's duo Helen Butler and her son, Rhyan. This was one of the games of the night and made for good spectator viewing. The Butlers took the first set 2118, while Dunne and Doyle took the second set 21-19.
In the third set they went at it hammer and tongs, and the Butlers won it by the narrowest of margins to end a fine tie (23-21).
Division 6 ladies' singles semifinals: Clodagh Dempsey (Taghmon) defeated Elma Butler (Gorey) 21-19, 19-21, 21-18. Karla Grobenhurst (Gorey) defeated Aime Butler (Gorey) in a very close three-setter (21-19, 22-20, 21-12).
Division 6 men's doubles semifinals: the Clonroche warriors, Joe Carton and Dan Rossiter, gave the Terrerath youngsters, Brendan O'Neill and Dylan Bookle, a good run for their money. Carton and Rossiter took the first set in splendid form 21-16. The Terrerath pairing pulled out all the stops in the second set to win 21-18. In the third set O'Neill and Bookle were strutting their stuff and won 21-13.
St. Martin's duo Peter O'Byrne and Aidan Furlong put up a great battle against Ryan Cogley and Brandon Cogley. These four went at it hard, but the Cogley brothers won out in the end by the narrowest of margins (21-18, 22-20).
The finals of the Division 6 ladies' doubles will see Gorey's Karla Grobenhurst and Gina Masterson play St. Martin's duo Anne Kent and Anglela Brennan.
Division 6 mixed doubles semifinals: both proved very close encounters. St. Martin's pair Anne Kent and Aidan Furlong narrowly defeated Gorey's Gina Masterson and Mark McKernan 22-20, 21-19. The closeness of this game made for exciting play and good spectator viewing.
Gorey's Selina Gannon and Ciarán Lancaster lost their first set to St. Martin's duo Angela Brennan and Peter O'Byrne 21/8. This proved to be the wake-up call that Gannon and Lancaster needed, as they went on to win the next two sets 21-19, 21-17.