Sheaffers and Reapers duel at the top of Irvinestown Autumn League

Local tennis action.

Local tennis action.

In the Smyth Leslie Autumn League at Irvinestown Lawn Tennis Club, the front runners are stretching their lead with eight weeks played and just two to go.

The Corn Reapers continued their unbroken run of wins when they met the Barley Threshers on Monday night, taking four of the six matches in some style. First round wins of 11-2 for David Lowe and Chloe Cathcart and a 9-4 win for Chris Boomer and Vicki Dilworth got them off to a great start, while Michael Duffy and Kathleen Maguire pulled back some points for the Threshers with a hard won 7-6 over the previously unbeaten Martin Garrity / Joanne Daly partnership.

In round two, David Lowe partnered Martin to a 9-4 win while Joanne took the same score with Chris Boomer leaving the Reapers way out front in spite of a superb 11-2 win by Threshers team captain Catherine Taggart with Maebh Maloney. The finally points tally being 46-32 in favour of the Corn Reapers.

Tuesday night’s match between the Haymakers and the Wheat Sheaffers saw some very tight matches ending 7-6 in four of the six matches. Two of those wins went to the Haymakers in round one courtesy of Kate Heaver / David Lowe and Laura McDowell / Wendy Eaton, while the Sheaffers two wins came in the second round from Kirsty Murray / Alan Cadden and Stephen Phair / Catriona Noble. The Haymakers finished the night as winners following an 8-5 win in round one from David McDowell / Maggie Britton and then David in round two with partner David Lowe leaving the final score at 42-36.

The Wheat Sheaffers and the Barley Threshers both had their second outing of the week on Wednesday night when they met to play the match postponed due to heavy rain the previous week. Alan Cadden showed his improving confidence and play when he partnered Catriona Noble to an 8-5 win in round one and secured an impressive score of 11-2 with Kirsty Murray in the second round. His team mates Stephen Phair and Brendan King also took their match 11-2, while for the Threshers, Michael Duffy showed his experience and skills with a first round 8-5 win with partner Kathleen Maguire and a 9-4 victory with Alby Grey in the second round. Joanne Daly partnered Chloe Cathcart to a 9-4 win for the Threshers, but the Wheat Sheaffers still finished up winners with an overall score of 43-35.

The postponed match of 11th November, between The Harvesters and Corn Reapers is rescheduled for 3rd December.

Play continues until first week in December. Presentation night and Christmas Party in Mahon’s Hotel Saturday 6th December. Everyone welcome. Contact Club Captain Mary McCoy or your team captain to book your place for a great nights craic.


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