Season underway with ‘Fab’ event

Abbeyleix Tennis Club kicked off the eagerly anticipated new tennis year with a team with a difference event called the ‘Fab 4’.

This event, kindly sponsored by the Abbeyleix Manor Hotel, saw an A mixed doubles pairing and a B mixed doubles pairing come together to form a team of four.

Every set counted as a point in the group stages and it came down to games in the semi-final to determine which team went through.

In the end it was the team comprising of Enda Whelan, Fiona Bonham, Claire Igoe and Brendan Crawford who took on team Leisa Fitzgerald, Juan Venegas, Sinead Stone and Fintan Bracken.

In the A final, Enda Whelan and Fiona Bonham narrowly defeated Leisa Fitzgerald and Juan Venegas 7-6 and 7-5 to gain two points for their team.

In the B section, Sinead Stone and Fintan Bracken proved too strong for Claire Igoe and Brendan Crawford beating them 6-4 and 6-3. With both teams on 2 points after the final, the winners once again were decided on games won hence the title went to team Leisa, Juan, Sinead and Fintan who won 23 games overall compared to the others who won 21.

On Easter Monday, Abbeyleix Tennis Club hosted an open doubles competition with 26 players. The draw was made on the day and there were two groups made.

Some great tennis was played and the sunny weather made the day all the more enjoyable. The final was a close contest between the Abbeyleix pairing of Tim Mounsey and Kevin Bergin who narrowly lost out to the strong pairing of Roger Munis and Fintan Bracken. Prize-winners congratulated the club on hosting the enjoyable event.

Tennis continues for Beginners on a Wednesday night at 7,30, Friday night for teenagers at 7,30 and Monday nights for steady players at 7.30. New members are always welcome to come and sample the facilities. If you would like more information you can contact us on facebook or call Leisa on the tennis club phone at 086-6684049




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