The Manorhamilton Annual Tennis Tournament took place on Saturday, November 3 on the Bee Park Courts and was excellently organised by Manorhamilton Community Tennis Club.
Although the number of entrants was slightly lower than in previous years the standard of play was as high as ever. The Club changed the format this year; giving a Round Robin approach to each level; ensuring play was virtually non stop from the 9 am start to the final point which was contested at almost 7.30 pm, on what turned out to be a very pleasant November day.
Afterwards, all involved in the tournament had a great relaxing evening in the Bee Park Community Centre, where food and drink were served; concluding with the presentation of the Trophies to the now exhausted entrants.
Starting with the ladies doubles, the winners were: Mary Coyle and Jacinta McNulty who narrowly overcame the runners up: Mary Gilgunn and Vanessa Salvador.
The men’s doubles winners was next decided with Frank Quinn and Gearóid Hickey coming out on top by nudging Dave Medlyn and Shane Connolly into second place. Shane Keaney and Siobhan O’Connell won the intermediate group, beating the Keegans – Keith and Fiona, as the next best team in the group.
A special mention is in order here, as Fiona literally stepped in at the eleventh hour, when the original contestant had to withdraw through injury. On to the mixed doubles which allowed Dave Medlyn and Jacinta McNulty to claim top spot, when pushing Gearóid Hickey and Gillian McMorrow on to the second step on the podium.
The tournament final event was the senior mixed doubles, which gave Mary Coyle her second winner’s trophy of the day, partnered by Shane Connolly who both ousted Bernie Poniard and Garry Blake into the runner up spot.
It was a great day of tennis that was enjoyed by all; games being played in a very combative, but fair manner.
Tennis Club Chairman Gary Blake speaking at the conclusion of the tournament said “I give thanks for the use of the (Bee Park) Community Centre; Liam (as ever) for taking photographs; all the Committee members for bringing food and drink; and a special mention for the Tournament Organiser, namely Mary McMorrow, who as in previous years makes sure all runs smoothly. “Lastly I thank all for being contestants and look forward to next year’s event” Gerry also commentated.