Larkspur Park Junior Tennis Open Week commenced on Saturday, April 16, in glorious sunshine which continued throughout the entire competition until in concluded on Holy Thursday.
195 children participated from U/8 to 18. The first day boys and girls from all over Munster competed in round robin style competitions in under 8, under 9 and under 10. The resident coaches Sinead Dunne and Tony McCarthy organised the events throughout the day and all participants enjoyed the competitions. They went home with their medals and party bags kindly sponsored by Buckleys Spar in Cashel.
Sunday was the commencement of the under 12’s and 14’s in the morning and later in the day the under 16’s and 18’s. Play continued all day and every day until sundown. There was a wonderful competitive spirit between the players who we highly commend for their sportsmanship and fair play approach at all times.
During the week the lady members of the club catered for all the participants and their families with delicious sandwiches , scones and pastries.
Thursday was Finals Day and what a day it was – terrific tennis was played by all the competitors from 9.30am until 5pm.
The tournament was organised by Marie Gleeson and Michelle O’Meara and they ran a fantastic event. The main sponsor was Clodagh Hickey-O’Dwyer, solicitors, with additional funding from Buckley’s Spar and Tommy Moloney, Thurles Milk. Help was on hand from many people during the week with many parents helping out in the kitchen during the competition. Bryan and Margo Fogarty sourced prizes and kept the courts free all week. After the tennis finals, presentations were held in the Nissan Hut!
Michelle O’ Meara thanked all and quoted her father “it takes more Indians than Chiefs to make a success!” A very appropriate quote. She thanked coaches Tony McCarthy and Sinead Dunne for their dedication and commitment to the children attending lessons. Without them, the standard evident amongst the participants during the week would not be there. Michelle also thanked Benny Dudley and Aidan Muldoon who umpired games, the Pitch and Putt Committee and FAS workers for their patience, the Senior Committee for purchasing a laptop and she wished them well in the undertaking of their own tournament in August. Marie Gleeson also thanked all the parents for their help and co-operation during the week.
Sponsor of the event, Clodagh Hickey O’Dwyer then presented the prizes. The finalists and winners all received a trophy and monetary prize. Andrew Gleeson, on behalf of the participants thanked Marie and Michelle for running a great tournament and also to all those who helped out on the Saturday with the U8’s, U9’s and U10’s. The formalities ended with coach, Tony McCarthy again reiterating his appreciation of Michelle and Marie and flowers were presented to both by Shauna Fogarty and Abi Muldoon. Tony also presented two special prizes to Tristan Fogarty and Sophie O’Meara.
The girls U12 singles finalist was Caoimhe Perdue and the winner Ciara Dwan, the U12 girls doubles finalists were Shauna Fogarty and Jessica Fitzell and the winners Megan Hayes and Caoimhe Perdue. The finalist in the U12 boys singles was Ryan Lambe and winner Colin Ryan,U12 boys doubles finalists Ryan Lambe and Aidan Tobin and winners Evan Fitzgerald and Alex Gibbons. The finalist in girls U14 singles Rachel Quinlan and winner Anna O’Dwyer, under 14 girls doubles finalists Anna O ‘Dwyer and Alison Long and winners Rachel Quinlan and Ciara Fogarty. The finalists in the U14 boys singles was Andrew Duncan and the winner was Ciaran Brady, U14 boys doubles finalists Pat Muldoon and Bill O Brien and winners Brian Treacy and Daniel Wade. The U18/U16 girls singles finalist Eimear Dwan and the winner Andrea Moore, the u18/u16 girls doubles finalists Katie O Conner and Kate Heffernan and the winners Andrea Moore and Martha Stapleton. The u16 boys singles finalist was Rory O‘Hara and the winner was Andrew Gleeson, the finalists of the u18/u16 boys doubles were Aidan Butler and Andrew Gleeson and the winners were Niall Anglim and Gearoid Slattery. The finalists of the u16/u18 mixed doubles Martha Stapleton and Conor Lynch and the winners Katie O Conner and Andrew Glesson, the u18 boys singles finalist Andrew Gleeson and the winner Eamonn Morrisse