Men’s Summer league Round 5

The 2nd team capped off their campaign with a stunning 5-0 win over C’mont/R’way 3. They finish joint third on 12 points; a solid league performance that captain JH Roche will be pleased with. Thanks to him for taking on the role.

Heartbreak for the 3rd team, who despite winning their final match against runaway group leaders Ashbrook 1 missed out on the playoffs by a single point. The team were hoping the 3-2 win would be enough but they didn’t count on David Lloyd 3 winning 5-0 in their final match. Declan McAteer and Mark Aherne played out the deciding doubles match and showed real character to win with Mark ending up in the stands with the jubilant ‘town supporters after running down an angled shot on match point. Thanks to captain Brian McDaid who can have no regrets for his team after they left everything out there.

The 4th team battled hard but found it hard in their group. The team lost 3-2 over the weekend with Ciaran Bolger (back from injury) and Andrew O’Kelly (making his debut for the team) picking up valuable points. Thanks to Daithi Roberts for looking after the team.

Brendan Egan’s 5th team march on to the quarter-finals! The match takes place this Saturday 22nd June in Monkstown. No complicated permutations for their final match, they needed to beat Greystones 5 to ensure a place in the knockout stages and the team obliged with an excellent 3-2 win. The team has a great chance of going all the way so lets get behind them on Saturday.

The wet and stormy conditions on Friday night must have suited the dogged 6th team who recorded a great 4-1 win. Andrew O’Kelly did an excellent job captaining the side. The dice were rolled when he was handed the captain’s armband on his maiden league campaign, but the gambit paid off. The team finished fourth in a tough group and O’Kelly spoke briefly after the match:

‘What we did do is achieve a solid mid rank in the group of 6 teams, we lost out 3rd place to Templeogue who won 5-0 in their last match, it was a definite measure of the team that we fought for every point and we all did well by the Club.’

Special mention to Dave Fahy who battled hard in the rain to come through in 3 sets while everyone in the clubhouse enjoyed his famous ‘hang sangers’ and a cup of tea.