December 12, 2017
Roscrea (Brian Crofton, Damien Cunningham, Gail O’Meara, Aoife O’Doherty) defeated Nenagh (James Morris, Matthew Ryan, Caroline White, Tara Spain) in a close Div I final of the 2017 Midland Tennis League on a very cold night in Nenagh on Thurs 30th November. Temperatures hovered around 0 to 1 degrees. They were even lower in Roscrea on the previous night when Birr Wilmer defeated Templemore in the Div V Mens final.
Fortunately the mercury climbed to more tolerable and safer levels for the Munster Winter League fixtures on the weekend of 3rd December, details are on the club’s Facebook page.
Meanwhile, there’s was one significant 2017 inter-club final remaining. Nenagh (Paul Royston, George Hayes, Aine McCarthy and Richelle Treacy) played Killaloe-Ballina (Lesley O’Meara, Betty O’Brien, Pat Bradley, David Goode) in the delayed Midland League Div II final in Killaloe last Wed night 6th Dec. Unfortunately on this occaision Nenagh lost to the Killaloe team but well done to the Nenagh team in getting to the final.
It depends on whom you’re taking to as where the 2017 Captains’ Cup will reside for the next 12 months. This annual social fixture between the Nenagh and Puckane Clubs is really for bragging rights.
Cold weather conditions didn’t hinder the enjoyment of the 2017 edition which took place in Nenagh on Fri 24th Nov. It was Nenagh’s turn to host. At the end of normal play the sides were level, but frosty conditions prevented playing a deciding rubber, as happened last year.
So who won? Puckane will point to events such as the Ryder Cup, the ‘Ashes’, etc, in each of which if the series ends in a draw, the holder retains the title. And they’ll say they were ahead on games countback, although a similar situation last year saw a play-off. They’ve even said there’s only room for one name on the engraving shield. That certainly is a new type of ‘technicality’. It looks like Nenagh will have to say ‘well done’, even if through clinched teeth.
2017 has flashed by, too fast for some of us, and the club’s annual Christmas Charity Night has now also been and gone. Last Friday night 40 players took to the courts with an amazing selection of Christmas Jumpers, Santa Hats and even a pair of Elf shoes on display!!! The cold conditions were eased by the plentiful supply of mulled wine! At this time the night has raised just over €2000 for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young) and huge thanks has to go out to all members for supporting this worthy cause so generously. The counselling and cardiac screening services provided by CRY to families who have been affected by Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) are FREE and fundraising is vital to maintaining these services. A big thank you also to the sponsors of the charity nights raffle and spot prizes, sponsor details below.