Andrea's double success earns top player award
Player of the Tournament, Andrea Irvine, shows her emotions at Irvinestown during the Fermanagh Open Tennis Tournament.<<
There was good local success at the Fermanagh Open Tennis tournament last week with Irvinestown's John Maguire, partnered by Francis Venzon, taking the Mens A Doubles while fellow Irvinestown player Andrea Irvine achieved two titles, winning the C Ladies Singles and also the C Mixed Doubles along with partner Brendan King also from Irvinestown. Andrea also went on to win the Player of the Tournament award in recognition of her achievements in winning these titles in her first tournament since resuming playing tennis just seven months ago.
The Fermanagh Open Tennis Tournament sponsored by Flogas and Manor House Country Hotel took place over the last week and culminated in Finals Day on Sunday at Irvinestown Lawn Tennis Club.
No 1 seeds John Maguire and Francis Venzon claimed the A Mens Doubles title 6/4 6/3 beating Jonny Curry, Bangor and Andy Moore, Omagh. The longest match of the tournament was a marathon between Ollie McShea from Enniskillen and Joe Grimes from Cavan.
Club President and Tournament Director John Maguire who was partnered with Nikki Hawkes from Omagh were defeated by Francis Venzon and Elaine Chambers from Butt Hall in the A Mixed Doubles 6/0 6/1.
Runners up in the C Ladies Doubles were Sandra McElroy and Tanya Cathcart from Irvinestown who were defeated by the No 1 seeds Mitchell Patterson and Gillian Porter from Butt Hall.
There were a number of successes for Omagh players with the B Ladies Final being an all Omagh match between winners Mary Cuthbertson and Jenny Nelson against Rachel Logan and Linda Stewart. Omagh players also took the A Ladies Singles with Nikki Hawkes winning and David Ward taking the A Mens Singles title.
Presentation of prizes took place in The Pavilion at the Bawnacre Centre on Sunday evening. Pete Keogh, Tournament Referee welcomed everyone to the presentation and introduced Councillor Alex Baird, representing Fermanagh District Council who provided free use of the courts for the event. Councillor Baird paid tribute to everyone who had participated and congratulated all the winners and the organisers of the tournament. Also present were the sponsors, David Begley from the Manor House Country Hotel and Paul Ruegg from Flogas who presented the prizes to all the winners. Councillor Baird paid specific thanks to the sponsors for supporting the tournament, without whom it would be impossible to run such an event.
Thanks was extended to George Beacom and all the staff at the Bawnacre who looked after everyone during the week and provided refreshments and support as they do each year.
John Maguire, Tournament Director was also presented with a gift in appreciation of his tireless efforts to get the tournament scheduled and dealing with all the demands of running such a tournament. John also thanked all the tournament committee for their support and help during the week long tournament.
A MENS SINGLES
David Ward, Omagh beat Francis Venzon, Butt Hall 6/2 7/5
A LADIES SINGLES
Nikki Hawkes, Omagh beat Donna McSorley, Irvinestown 7/6 7/6
A MENS DOUBLES
John Maguire, Irv, Francis Venzon, Butt Hall beat Jonny Curry, Bangor, Andy Moore, Omagh 6/4 6/4
A LADIES DOUBLES
Karen Campbell, City of Derry, Elaine Chambers, Butt Hall beat Nikki Hawkes, Omagh, Kimberley Porter, Butt Hall 6/2 6/0
Francis Venzon, Elaine Chambers, Butt Hall beat John Maguire, Irv, Nikki Hawkes, Omagh 6/0 6/1
B MENS SINGLES
John Maguire, Irv beat Robert Thompson, Butt Hall 6/1 6/2
B LADIES SINGLES
Rachel Logan, Omagh beat Maeve Coney, Omagh 7/5 6/4
B MENS DOUBLES
Shaun Bannigan, Butt Hall, Steven McDowell, City of Derry beat Cathal Deehan, Ciaran Weber, Omagh 6/2 6/4
B LADIES DOUBLES
Mary Cuthbertson, Jenny Nelson, Omagh beat Rachel Logan, Linda Stewart, Omagh 6/2 6/2
Shaun Banningan, Kimberley Porter, Butt Hall beat Sean Quinn, Butt Hall, Anne McGrath, Letterkenny 6/2 6/4
C MENS SINGLES
Ollie McShea, Enniskillen beat Joe Grimes, Cavan 6/2 3/6 6/3
C LADIES SINGLES
Andrea Irvine, Irvinestown beat Maeve Coney, Omagh 6/0 6/2
C MENS DOUBLES
Jorn Torstein Bjerknes, Ballinamore, Stephen King, Cavehill beat John Ross Dundas, Ollie McShea, Ikn 6/1 6/1
C LADIES DOUBLES
Kirsty Murray, Gillian Porter, Butt Hall beat Sandra McElroy, Tanya Cathcart, Irv 6/2 6/1
Brendan King, Andrea Irvine, Irv beat Mitchell Patterson, Gillian Porter, Butt Hall 7/6 6/2
A MENS SINGLES - Winner Peter Fryer, City of Derry. R/up Andy Moore, Omagh
B MENS SINGLES - Winner Jimmy Renfrew, Ekn. R/up Freddie Lusson, Butt Hall
B LADIES SINGLES - Winner Bernie Kells, Ballynafeigh. R/up Eibhlin Larget, Omagh
B LADIES DOUBLES - Winner Brenda Davis and Emily Donaldson, Ekn
B MENS DOUBLES - Winner Geoff Hawkes, Omagh, Henry Venzon, Butt Hall
B MIXED - Winner Steven Coalter, Jenny Nelson, Omagh. R/up Jimmy Renfrew, Sonja Hateboer, Ekn
C MENS SINGLES - Winner David Lowe, Irv. R/up Oscar Whaley, Irv
C LADIES SINGLES - Winner Jane Maguire, Irv. R/up Cora Meade, Irv
C LADIES DOUBLES - Winner Julie Griffiths, Bernie McGlynn, Butt Hall. R/up Ita Bonner, Pauline McAleer, Omagh
C Brian and Marie Therese McSorley, Omagh. R/up Joe Grimes, Cavan and Maxine Leary, Ekn
This article appeared in Impartial Reporter 12 Jul 12