The Over 40s groups stage provided fireworks immediately! Allen Robson prevailed over Dave Pemberton and Norman Nabney in one close fought group. Paul Dilger lost out by the minimum margin in five sets to both Rory Scott and Paul Norgrove. At the knockout stage, Allen beat Kevin Mackey 11-9 in the fifth, while Phil Wallace had good wins over Pemberton and Scott. However, Daryl Strong continued his fine start to the season with an emphatic display in the final, beating clubmate Phil in straight sets.
The Ladies event was dominated by Annemarie, without dropping a set in a flawless display. However, Paula and Ikuko can take satisfaction from the marked improvement in their challenge to Gillian and Sharon. Coming events will be approached with an enhanced level of expectation…
Dave Pemberton beat Kevin Mackey in the final of the 50s, accounting for Pat McCloughan in the semi-final. Kevin continues to improve his performance level since his return to tournament play. “Really getting to like this new blade, with a softer Tenergy on the backhand” gives a hint of his future intent. Pat had two gruelling five set matches with Mark McAlister and Allen Robson. His allcourt topspin attack against Robson’s long pimple defensive wiles was a fabulous encounter for those fortunate to see it. Also, Dave Cunningham can be pleased with his performance here.
Maestro Tommy Caffrey beat Finn in the 60s final. Jim Storey was most unfortunate to lose to Brian in the early knockout stage. However, a regrettable administration error meant that Norman Nabney’s entry never made it to the table at all!! Lessons have been learned.
An Old Firm 70s final saw Tommy triumph over Martin. This event produced several five setters, the most notable being Ken Peare’s victory over Liam.
We must thank all those who helped set up the hall, and who umpired matches so readily. Special mention must go to Denis, Jimmy Fleming, and Jim Storey in this regard. The efforts of Stephen and Anthony at Pobalscoil Iosolde, and Henrik of TT Leinster, are greatly appreciated. Apologies are due to those affected by any errors on the Entry Form. Corrective measures will be put in place. Dave and Sharon are commended for running the tournament and providing access to refreshments. Best wishes to Ger and Sharon for a good recovery from challenging physical ailments.