Nenagh LTC - winners of the inaugural Munster Grade 1 Ladies Summer Cup, from left: Tara Spain, Helena Darcy, Shane Cook (President, Tennis Ireland), Anne-Marie Darcy (Captain), Deirdre McSherry.

Munster Tennis titles for Nenagh and Roscrea

There was Munster success on the quadruple for Nenagh and Roscrea Tennis Clubs at the provincial finals held in Cork last weekend.

Nenagh’s Grade 1 ladies team brough further honours to the club when winning the inaugural Munster Summer Cup at the famous Rushbrooke Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on Saturday, defeating Limerick Lawn in the final.

The Nenagh team was Anne-Marie Darcy (Captain), Deirdre McSherry, Helena Darcy and Tara Spain. This is indeed a fine achievement for the team of whom the club can be very proud and warmest congratulations are in order.

The ladies’ team was one of two Nenagh Grade 1 teams on finals duty over the weekend, both as it happens against Limerick Lawn. The men’s team of Eamonn Murtagh (Capt), Frank O’Keeffe, David Hackett and Matthew Ryan were out of luck in their final which took place on Sunday.

Roscrea Tennis Club brought off a magnificent treble success at the Munster Summer Cup finals at Rushbrooke on Saturday. The club won the Grade 2 Mixed title, the Grade 4 Men’s title and the Grade 5 mixed title, a remarkable achievement by any standards.

The Grade 2 mixed team which defeated Crosshaven in the final was Brian Crofton (Capt), Damien Cunningham, Victoria Haliy and Paula Quinlan.

Then the Grade 4 men’s team (Billy Woods (Capt), Gary Parsons, Tim Mounsey and Ray Quegan) defeated Bishopstown in that final. That particular event has a long history, being formerly known in turn as the CIE Cup and then the Nationalist Cup.

Then it was the turn of the Grade 5 mixed team of husband and wife pair Henry Hilliard and Carmel Hilliard along with P J McNicholas and Teresa Madden. They defeated Kinsale it its final.

A great day indeed for Roscrea tennis and in the club’s great sense of achievement it’s appropriate that we remember the late Emmett Arrigan who did so much for the modern Roscrea club as a organiser of facilities and teams and indeed as a player himself who, although a late comer to the game, was more than able to be competitive in the higher grades well into his 70s. He would have been a quietly proud man on Saturday.

Killaloe-Ballina further enhanced the status of tennis in this area when winning the Grade 6 Men’s final against Larkspur from Cashel. The team was Patrick Seymour, Damien Purtill, Padraig Hyland and David Quinlan. David’s sister Paula was a member of the Roscrea team which won the Grade 2 mixed.

Slattery Tiles and Bathrooms Tennis: Nenagh LTC is grateful to Conor and Loreto Slattery who are again sponsoring the Senior Club Championships.

The tournament has attracted a very big entry and play will begin on Saturday, 11th September. The finals are on Saturday 18th September. Draws, schedules, etc on the tournament website.