2011 Stars & Stripes U12 Autumn Tournament – The Final

THE FINAL

On a Rainy Night in Monkstown LTC

Should we, could we, would we brave the weather- in the end we did – we are a hardy lot!  It turned out to be a great final in Monkstown LTC and we came much closer to reversing the pool result than we anticipated.  Our No 1 boys David Keane and Harry Crossan who have been excellent throughout the competition got us off to a great start winning 12-1.  Then our No 1 girls Grace Mary Doyle and Rachel Norton put up a great display against very strong Glenageary opposition.  They eventually went down 8-5 but a really good performance. The No 2 boys’ game turned out to be the match of the night with Finlay McFadyen and Ben Gannon involved in fantastic rallies against a Glenageary pair who used slice in the rain very effectively. Ben and Finlay won 9-4 in the end. It was great to have such a good game for the parents to see.

The No 2 girls were about half the size of their opposition but our two little Sarahs (McAuley and Healy) did us proud winning 3 games to Glenageary’s 10.  So now it was down to the No 3 pairings. Adam McGovern and Alex Boyne battled hard but went down 8-5 which meant that our boys won 26-13.  All down to the final No. 3 girls’ game then and we knew we were in trouble as the Glenageary girls were very strong. Caoimhe Byrne and Sarah McGee tried their hardest and won 2 games but it wasn’t enough to turn the tide so Glenageary won the girls 29-10 and the overall match by 42 to 36. Great to be in the final and to put up such a good fight and at least we don’t have to host it in the Spring!!

In the friendlies, Patrick Byrne and Jack Twomey (in full Gaelic gear) won their game against Harry Shaw and Rosie McFadyen.  Lucy Coulter Smith and Sarah Lenin beat Julie Ringrose and Anna Schwer 8-5 and Harry Shaw and Emma Walsh won their game against Grace Doyle and Rachel Norton. Well done to all of those who braved the rain with such good humour.

The teams from Blackrock and Shankill arrived following their shield final – which Blackrock won – and we went ahead with a very noisy presentation and party which all seemed to enjoy. Unfortunately Sandycove had cancelled their match with Bray so we were unable to work out the cumulative scores to present the cups for the best Boys’ and Girls’ teams – but I can tell you that our boys have won the boys’ award as you can see from the table below. The girls’ cup will depend on the Bray/Sandycove game which will be played on Saturday.

Many thanks to all the parents who provided vast quantities of food and to all who helped with the clean up. The raffle was a great success – all of the clubs contributed a good array of prizes and a total of €500 was raised for Tennis for GOAL which was a great result. Special thanks to Suzanne Broughan who worked so hard with the girls’ team and the catering all through the competition. We can all have a nice rest now until the spring. Good luck to the team playing in the U14 competition which starts in two weeks.

P.S. ‘Dad of the night’ award goes to Finlay and Rosie’s dad who arrived up with 5 children, baby asleep on his shoulder and a tin of brownies which – wait for it – he had made himself!! Gauntlet firmly thrown down to all the other dads!

Cumulative Scores*

  Boys Girls Total

Glenageary

128 144 272

Blackrock

 85 144 229

Monkstown LTC

129  86 215

Newtown Park

111  80 191

Sandycove

 78  89 167

Leopardstown/Glenalbyn

 94  61 155

Bray

 47  90 137

Shankill

 69  47 116

*excluding Bray/Sandycove game

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