Abbeyleix charity competition draws large crowd

B Section Winners Eoin Keenan and Siobhan Lawless
The annual Dickie McDonald charity tennis competition took place in Abbeyleix Tennis Club on Sunday, July 21 and saw almost 50 players from eight different clubs battle it out on court for the coveted trophy.

The annual Dickie McDonald charity tennis competition took place in Abbeyleix Tennis Club on Sunday, July 21 and saw almost 50 players from eight different clubs battle it out on court for the coveted trophy.

The format on the day comprised of three sections of mixed doubles pairings. All group matches ran off very smoothly and was made all the more enjoyable with the fabulous weather.

In the end it was Padraig and Aine Doyle of Rathangan who got the better of the other Rathangan pairing Mariez and Michelle Byrne in the final of the C section.

The B section was a close battle between the Abbeyleix pairing of Conor Phelan and Breda Keating who lost out to Eoin Keenan and Siobhan Lawless.

David Brophy and Fiona Bonham got the better of Leisa Fitzgerald and John Shannon in the final of the A section.

This year’s competition was kindly sponsored by Laois Hire and proceeds went to the worthy cause of DEBRA Ireland. Emma Fogarty, ambassador for DEBRA Ireland spoke very well about the charity, where the money would go and she thanked everyone for their support.

Vice chairperson, Ciaran Walsh thanked the McDonald family for organising the event, players for participating, those who helped with catering and sponsors Laois Hire.

Overall winners of the Dickie McDonald Perpetual Cup, which was decided on a count back to the group section results, were the B Winners Eoin Keenan and Siobhan Lawless.

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