Rostrevor wrap up tennis season
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
ROSTREVOR Tennis club completed a month of tennis competitions with the men's and ladies singles event on Sunday after three weeks of doubles competitions.
This event is sponsored by the Crawford family, ladies competition, and the McMahon family, men's competition. Tennis in the area is buoyant and the organisers had to squeeze 63 matches over a week on just two courts and a dry week helped.
In the Ladies Plate, a mammoth match took place between Briege McMahon and Hannah-Elisa Smith. Experience won out in the end as McMahon took won 6-3, 6-3. In the Men's Plate, Jonathon Reynolds played Patrick McMahon. Both saved their best tennis for the final and this reflects their competitive ability and talent for tennis. Reynolds had to defend set points when 5-3 down in the first and succeeded. He had to it again in the tie break, which he did for the first but not the second and McMahon secured victory 7-6. Had the set gone the other way so might the match. In the end McMahon triumphed 7-6, 6-3.
The Kilbroney Cup is a tournament for those who get pass the first round but (like Federer's 2013 Wimbledon) not the second. It is the only competition in the area for those too good to make the plate but not good enough to make the final.
This year Chris Gibbons and Eamon Crawford locked horns. They are both lefties and in tennis lefthanders are often successful (John McEnroe and Rafa Nadal) mainly because right-handers aren't as used to playing against them and the difference in the spin on the ball. In this match those advantages were lost and Crawford's decades of experience and aggressive style helped him to a 6-3, 6-2 victory.
In the Ladies Final Leo Reynolds played Megan Harty. Both hit strong baseline shots but unfortuntately for Harty, when she received the short ball, a ball she should have been hitting winners from, she didn't capitalise and Reynolds' pace and consistency, to say nothing of her competitive drive, helped her secure a 6-3, 6-2 win.
Tim Smith has been a dominant force in Senior tennis in south Down since he turned 16. He is still a young man at 23 but Arghal McMahon (16) is a seeded Ulster player and a Rostrevor home-grown. McMahon made the final last year and this year he played and beat an inform Patrick Clements in a thrilling semi-final. All the tennis pundits had Smith as favourite, that was until McMahon took the first set an amazing 6-1.
Smith fought hard in the second and he had opportunities to serve it out but it went to a tie-break. McMahon took a 6-2 lead, giving him four match points. Tim saved the first two with terrific winners but he wasn't able to sustain this and McMahon took the match 6-1, 7-6.
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