Inter County

Leinster Inter County Competition - 2016

We have only have 
teams in one grade this year  - Grade 5.  Both had their qualifying group matches on 14th February and we can be satisfied with how both teams performed.

Update 20th March:
Leinster Grade 5 Semi-Final v Louth
Another 4-3 score line but we were on the wrong side this time.  This was a very close match with Louth winning the opening Mens singles (Duc Ly) and Westmeath drew level through Margaret Murphy in her singles.  Louth regained the lead in Mens Doubles.  Alan Reilly was absent due to illness (John Noonan taking his place) so we'll never know how he and Johnny Finnerty would have faired.   The Athlone pairing of Áine Coen and Fiona Harney brought us level
 again with a win in Ladies Doubles.

Into the Mixed Doubles, where the first match saw Michael Mono lined up against his native county.  Bragging rights go to the new "Louth man" as Johnny Finnerty and Margaret Murphy could not prevent Louth going 3-2 up.  The last two matches went on court at the same time with wins in both required to get us through.  It started well as we collected both opening games.  Duc & Áine did restore parity but Louth continued the trend going back in front with John Noonan and Dee Nestor being edged out in the third set.

Overall, it was a good campaign with wins over Wicklow and Kildare and then a narrow loss in the semi-final.

B Team...
.. played in Carlow where they faced Kildare & Wicklow.  These two counties played each other in the first match of the round-robin with Kildare winning 4-3.  In our first match we played Wicklow where we were in real trouble when we fell 3-1 behind - Margaret Murphy collecting the point from her singles match.  However, we had three brilliant wins in the mixed doubles to claim 4 points which meant that another 4 against Kildare would see us through to the semi-finals.  4 for Kildare would see them advance!!

In the decider, we had a great start and raced into 3-0 lead winning both of the singles plus the mens doubles.  However, the Kildare team fought back and levelled the match at 3 all which left nerves jangling and the momentum all with Kildare.  Thankfully, experience came to the fore as John Noonan steadied the ship with Dee Nestor complementing beautifully to secure the all important win.

Focus now switches to 20th March in Baldoyle and we await the draw for the semi-final.

From left: Alan Reilly, Duc Ly, John Finnerty, John Noonan
Front: Áine Coen, Fiona Harney, Margaret Murphy, Dee Nestor
A Team...
.... played in Kildakey against Meath in the opening match.  This was the first time that any of the players involved played county level and they faced strong hosts.  Meath proved too strong emerging with a 5-2 win in the opening match.  However, Kevin Cuffe was in great form winning his singles and partnering Cora Foster in the mixed doubles.

We then faced Longford B in the second match and came away with a 5-2 win (and just one ace away from a 6-1 win) finishing second in the group as Meath beat Longford 7-0 in the remaining tie.

The players can only benefit from the outing as we build a group that can continue to feed through to the county teams.

From left: Adrian Rabbitte, Barry Webb, Joe Dolan, Kevin Cuffe
Eva de la Heras, Cora Foster, Ulrika Maher, Yvette Cully