Connacht Closed Championships
Our Club was well represented in the U14, and U12 Connacht Closed Championships held recently in the Galway Lawn Tennis Club.
In the U12 events Paul Loughlin and Declan Griffin beat Thomas Walsh and Michael O’Connor in a thrilling 3-set Final. In the U14 competition, Christopher Keane beat Peter Moran in another exciting final. In the Boys Doubles, Peter partnered by Ross Forde beat Christopher who was partnered by Colin Hanniffy, Maree B.C.
In the Mixed Doubles, Christopher Keane and Cathy Casserly beat Ross Ford and Sorcha Hannify. In the U14 Girls Singles Cathy was Runner-up to Paula McDonagh from Sligo. In the Girls Doubles Caroline Garrett and Sorcha Hanniffy triumphed over Cathy Casserly and Suzanna McGrath in an extremely exciting 3-setter.
Connacht Open Tournament
Claregalway Club has a big turnout for this Tournament, which attracted entries from all over the country. In the U12 Boys Doubles Paul Loughlin and Declan Griffin beat Thomas Walsh and Michael O’Connor. Congratulations to Maria Moran and Grainne Noonan who reached the Girls Doubles Final and Paul Loughlin and Grainne Noonan who reached the Mixed Doubles Final.
In the U14 Girls Singles, Cathy Casserly reached the Final and was beaten by Y.Goslin (Dublin). In the U14 Girls Doubles Cathy, partnered by Ruth Kilkenny from Co. Clare, triumphed over E. Higgins and P. McDonagh from Sligo.
In the U14 Boys Doubles event Christopher Keane and Alan Flaherty had to play relaly well to overcome Top Seeds Mark Ward/D. McMillan from Dublin in a very exciting semifinal. They were beatn in the Final by A. Hogue/A. Morrissy (Dublin).
The U16 event was dominated by Claregalway players. John Forde won the singles by beating clubmate Enda O’Connell. John and his partner Brian Casserly beat Enda O’Connell and Robert Lennon in the Boys Doubles. The Mixed Doubles was another victory for John and his partner Aoife Ahern (Dublin) when they overcame Enda O’Connell and Maria Cribbin.
Congratulations to all our Club members who played in this tournament, especially all who played so well in the early rounds, who will hopefully reach finals in future tournaments.